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Research 1999 Heptathlon: Global IT Services Leaders’ Results
IGS: The 1999 Champion!
IBM Global Services Wins Top Honors Despite Growth Slowdown; Computer Sciences Corp. and Cap Gemini Win the Overall “Silver” and “Bronze”
W. AUSTRALIA, Apr. 17 – Despite a slowdown in its rate of growth, IBM Global Services (IGS) emerged as the overall 1999 champion of the Annex Research annual global IT services leaders “Heptathlon.” Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) and Cap Gemini Group (CGG) won the “silver” and the “bronze” medals respectively.
It was the first time ever that the IBM services unit won the overall annual Annex Research competition, despite having become the world’s largest IT services company in 1995, when it grabbed the pole position away from EDS.
It was the first time ever that the IBM services unit won the overall annual Annex Research competition, despite having become the world’s largest IT services company in 1995, when it grabbed the industry’s pole position away from EDS. But last year (1998), IGS did win a special Annex Research award for the most balanced performance among the top IT services firms (see Annex Bulletin 99-16, 5/25.99).Since 1999 was the last year of the 1990s decade, this year’s competition included for the first time the seventh event – the 10-year revenue growth. The two growth categories, therefore, are supposed to recognize the companies that show the best performance both in the most recent period, as well as over the long haul (the last decade).
Revenue Growth (2 Medals)
Profitability (3 Medals)
Operating Expenses (1 Medal)
Sales Productivity (1 Medal)
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