Technology companies top Forbes Innovation list

Salesforce.com, Amazon.com nab top two spots on the Top 100 most innovative global companies list

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Technology companies top Forbes Innovation list Forbes has listed Salesforce.com and Amazon.com as the world's top innovative companies in its Top 100 Innovative Companies list.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 26, 2011

The Forbes Top 100 most innovative global companies list features 22 of the world's top technology companies. The top two technologies on the list are Salesforce.com as the world's most innovative company and in second place on the list is Amazon.com.

Salesforce.com is a provider of enterprise cloud computing applications and provides a customer and collaboration relationship management (CRM), service to businesses of all sizes and industries worldwide.

In May 2010, the company acquired Jigsaw, a Wikipedia-style crowd-sourcing model designed to deliver complete, accurate and up-to-date business contact data.

Salesforce.com recorded an innovation premium of 75.1, this is defined by Forbes as a measure of how much investors have bid up the stock price of a company above the value of its existing business based on expectations of future innovations such as new products, services and market expansion.

In January 2011, the company acquired Heroku, the cloud platform for writing Ruby-based applications and in the same month the company acquired real-time communication technology creator Dimdim.

Global e-commerce site Amazon.com is second on the list, with an Innovation Premium of 58.9. Amazon has recently begun offering books for rent to students on its Kindle e-reader and has released an ad-supported version of the Kindle.

The next technology company on the list is Apple, which sits in fifth place with an Innovation Premium of 48.2. Apple fans are eagerly awaiting the next iPhone and the company has just released its Mac OS X Lion operating system. The company has had a bumper year with a record 125% increase in profits between Q3 2010 and Q3 2011.

Following closely behind on the list of technology innovators is Google in seventh place with an Innovation Premium of 44.9.

Google has just launched the Google+ social networking site, designed to rival the current dominant social networking brand, Facebook. There is also a rumour that Google will be launching games on Google+.

Infosys, a global technology services company which provides end-to-end business solutions is 15th on the list with an Innovation Premium of 37.1, they are followed by Nintendo in 20th place with an Innovation Premium of 35.0. Nintendo is planning to launch the successor to the Wii in 2012.

Following Nintendo at number 22 on the list, and keeping to the gaming theme, is Activision Blizzard, an online, PC, console and handheld game publisher. Activision's Call of Duty and World of Warcraft games have recently been in the news following the Norway massacres. Anders Behring Breivik, the shooter in the massacres said he had used the games to train for the shootings.

Next on the list is storage and data management company NetApp, sitting at 34th. The company received an Innovation Premium of 31.6.

NetApp is chased on the list by Citrix Systems at 30.4 and in 36th place and Juniper networks at number 42.

Following these top 10 technology companies on the list are Secom at number 52, Adobe Systems at 54, HTC Corp at 56th, Qualcomm at 61st, SAP at 63rd, Oracle at 77th, Intuit at 84th, Microsoft at a low down 86th, Automatic Data Processing at 87th and last technology company on the list is Toshiba at 94th.

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