These vendors, large and small, are shaking up the status quo with their new products, approaches and models.
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God bless the IT disrupters, those startups and established vendors that have caused enterprises to rethink and even redefine the way they evaluate, buy, deploy, manage and use information technology. They're not always the most entrenched or dominant IT vendors, but they've shaken up the status quo with their new products, architectures, approaches and models. Think Apple in the consumer market and how it has disrupted the way people buy, share, manipulate and use music and web information.
The following enterprise IT disrupters list is a natural successor to the top 20 list of the most strategic enterprise IT vendors that I laid out in February of this year. As before, these selections, which take into account input from several InformationWeek editors, are presented for your evaluation and critique. It's far from an exhaustive list, so we’re open to hearing about other movers and shakers. But let’s keep this analysis focused on enterprise IT vendors.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.