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Top 100 tech companies named by Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters' inaugural Top 100 Global Technology Leaders "identifies the industry's most operationally sound and financially successful organisations".

With Thomson Reuters' pick of tech leaders "outperforming Nasdaq, S&P 500 and MSCI World Indices in annual stock value", the company proudly boasts of creating "the industry's first holistic assessment of today's leading tech companies".

The company does this by using "a 28-data-point algorithm to objectively identify organisations with the fortitude for the future in today's complex business environment."

We're told that the methodology "measures performance across eight pillars: financial, management and investor confidence, risk and resilience, legal compliance, innovation, people and social responsibility, environmental impact, and reputation", and is now a "patent-pending approach" that was developed by Thomson Reuters Labs.

Alex Paladino, global managing director of the Thomson Reuters Technology Practice Group, said: "Tech companies operate at warp speed confronting competitive, regulatory, legal, financial, supply chain and myriad other business challenges. Oftentimes, their financial success overshadows their operational integrity, making it difficult to identify those organisations with true longevity for the future.

"With the Top 100 Global Tech Leaders, we've identified the unique data points that embody technology-industry leadership in the 21st century; congratulations to the companies that made the list."

So, what are some notable stats about the world's leading tech organisations?

  • Outshine a universe of over 5000 other technology companies comprising the tech sector in the Thomson Reuters Business Classifications
  • Outperform the Nasdaq, S&P 500 and MSCI World indices in year-over-year stock price change by 3.91%, 4.04% and 7.1%, respectively
  • Outperform global indices across other factors including YOY R&D investment, employee percent change and revenue percent change
  • Forty-five percent are headquartered in the United States; Japan and Taiwan are the next most prolific regions with 13 top 100 tech companies each include bellwethers such as Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft as well as newer tech entrants like HPE, Nvidia, Symantec and VMware.

The Top 10 of the 100 Global Technology Leaders, listed by company name and country include:

  1. Microsoft, US
  2. Intel, US
  3. Cisco, US
  4. IBM, US
  5. Alphabet, US
  6. Apple, US
  7. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Taiwan
  8. SAP, Germany
  9. Texas Instruments, US
  10. Accenture, Ireland

The rest of the list is presented in alphabetical order, rather than by numerical ranking, so it's clear that the cream of the crop is in the top 10, but anyone in the Top 100 list has clearly met the standards Thomson Reuters' has set for inclusion, and thus every company in the Top 100 is clearly a standout and major player.

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Brian Scanlon, chief strategy officer at Thomson Reuters, concluded by stating: "The Top 100 Global Technology Leaders are the organisations poised to propel the future of technology. We salute them."

To see the full list of the Thomson Reuters 2018 Top 100 Global Technology Leaders and learn more about the program's methodology, as well as being able to freely download the full report after free registration, click here

Here's a video Thomson Reuters published on how it ranked the companies a few days ago, before the full list was finally made public:


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