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Global CIO: Top 10 Most Influential Tech Vendors: The Second 10

As you check out #11 to #20, remember that it's all about influence, a criterion that triggers some surprises in who's on—and who's off—the list.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've rolled out my list of what I believe are the 10 most-influential tech vendors in the world.

A few of you have told me the list was brilliant and dazzling and life-changing (well, actually, no one used any of those terms), while some others, after reading my list, urged me to seriously consider a career change.

I've tried to make it clear that this list based not on revenue size or market cap or stock price, but rather on the the amount of influence each company exerts on business customers, CIOs, and the IT industry overall.

Today's list includes the Second 10: a mix of companies big and small, public and private, hardware and software, some old standbys and some newbies. And once again, the defining characteristic here is influence (with yours truly supplying the non-quantitative judgments).

While this second list of 10—I'll refer to them below as #11 through #20—didn't make the final cut, their impact and leadership in a number of fields make it more than worthwhile for each to be singled out as runners-up.

But first, a quick recap of the Top 10:

1) IBM

2) Apple

3) Facebook

4) Oracle

5) Google

6) SAP

7) VMware

8) Salesforce.com

9) Cisco

10) Hewlett-Packard

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You can read my descriptions for those Top 10 influencers in the following columns: this one profiles #1 through #5, and this second one lays out the cases for #6 through #10.

And now please meet the Second 10 Most-Influential IT Companies:

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