Gartner’s top 100 IT vendor list sees Apple secure top spot

Apple was the largest vendor with more than $218 billion in IT revenue

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Gartner’s top 100 IT vendor list sees Apple secure top spot The top three vendors, Apple, Samsung Vendor Group and Google can attribute their size to the Nexus of Forces. (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 22, 2017

Gartner has announced which players have topped its 2016 top 100 vendors list based on their revenue across IT and component market segments.

Gartner's ‘Global Top 100: IT' report saw Apple take lead position as the largest vendor with more than $218bn in IT revenue, followed by Samsung.

For the first time, Gartner has published a ranking of the top 100 largest tech companies in the world based on estimates for their revenue across IT (excluding communication services) and component market segments.

Technology business leaders can use the Gartner Global Top 100: IT to benchmark competitive performance against a shift from the Nexus of Forces (the convergence of social, mobility, cloud and information that drive new business scenarios) to digital business as the driver of IT purchasing.

The top three vendors, Apple, Samsung Vendor Group and Google can attribute their size to the Nexus of Forces. Microsoft, which comes in fourth place, has managed to remain relevant due to the web and e-business phase. In fifth place is IBM as it gained its size and market dominance in the very earliest IT markets when servers, storage and consulting services dominated.

John-David Lovelock, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, said: "The needs of IT buyers are shifting. CEOs are focused on growth and are more focused on realising business outcomes from their IT spend.

The focus of the digital giants have mainly been in the consumer, citizen and employee world, however the shift towards business-to-business remains.  

"In the B2B world of selling technology solutions to large enterprises, some of the digital giants have already had significant impact," added Lovelock. "For example, Amazon Web Services' cloud is disrupting enterprise hardware and software businesses dramatically. Apple's iOS devices are dominant within enterprise mobility, and Google's presence beyond search into browsers, cloud office and more is growing."

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