Apple top vendor with $218 billion IT revenue in 2016

Alain Brian
Juin 20, 2017

Google's revenue increase - up from $75 billion in 2015 - also saw it leapfrog over IBM at $78 billion, which last year held fourth place but has now dropped back to fifth - the spot held last year by Google.

Gartner has unveiled its top 100 vendors in IT, with iPhone giant Apple taking the top spot with more than $218 billion in IT revenue.

Google's revenue for 2016 came in at $90 billion, pushing it ahead of Microsoft which fell to fourth place with it's $86 billion in revenue.

The new Gartner Global Top 100 ranks IT vendors based on their revenue, excluding communication services and shows Apple romps home in first place with more than $218 billion in IT revenue - around $79 billion more than second placed Samsung Vendor Group at $139 billion. Garnter is pitching the list as a way for tech business leaders to benchmark competitive performance against a shift from the Nexus of Forces to digital business as the driver of IT purchasing.

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

"The Nexus of Forces has been the focus of attention for many years, however, the impact of digital business is giving rise to new categories".

"The top three vendors (Apple, Samsung Vendor Group and Google) can attribute much of their size to their solid alignment with the "Nexus of Forces", the report added.

Apple beats Samsung Google & IBM to be named top IT vendor
Gartner: Apple top IT vendor, Google leapfrogs Microsoft and IBM

Microsoft was a large and influential company when the Nexus of Forces began, having grown to market leadership during the web and e-business phase, and has managed to pivot to remain relevant.

Gartner stated that IBM had gained its size in the early days of IT when "servers, storage and consulting" dominated, but that cloud would now become the basis for business technology spending.

"Digital giants effectively become gatekeepers for any business that delivers digital content and services to consumers", Lovelock added.

Gartner is predicting that, by 2021, 20% of activity that any individual engages in will go through one of the top seven digital giants.

The focus of the digital giants has mainly been in the consumer, citizen and employee world.

However, given these digital giants have been consumer-focused, Gartner said there is an opportunity for other companies to focus on the B2B angle.

"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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