Intelligent Enterprise unveils its take on 'The Dozen' most influential vendors that will drive the intelligent enterprise in 2008. Plus, we highlight 36 'Companies to Watch' in five categories.
Vendor consolidation, social networking and Web 2.0 technologies, software as a service, the open source movement, virtualization. These are just a few of the influences that are irrevocably changing the IT landscape. Just as categories of enterprise software begin to mature, along come acquisitions, startups and entirely new types of offerings that complicate the vendor selection process.
Editors' Choice Awards 2008
To help make sense of the trends and cut through the confusion, we present our ninth Intelligent Enterprise Editors' Choice Awards. Looking into the year ahead, we considered scores of companies that are helping organizations to move toward the ideal expressed by the name Intelligent Enterprise. In our estimation, all 48 companies that made our Editors' Choice list are leaders, but a select group of 12 were named among "The Dozen" elite companies that will matter most to intelligent enterprises in 2008. We distinguish 36 other vendors as "Companies to Watch," listed in five categories:
This year's Editors' Choice award selection was a highly collaborative endeavor, with extensive input from Intelligent Enterprise contributors including:
Tony Byrne, CMS Watch Rajan Chandras, integration expert and author Cindi Howson, BI Scorecard Seth Grimes, Alta Plana Phil Kemelor, CMS Watch Sandy Kemsley, Kemsley Design Nelson King, software development expert and author David Linthicum, Zapthink Mark Madsen, Third Nature Alan Pelz-Sharpe, CMS Watch Bruce Silver, Bruce Silver Associates Mark Smith, Ventana Research David Stodder, Ventana Research
We are grateful for the input and analysis provided by these experts, but Doug Henschen, Editor-in-Chief, is responsible for the final selection of "The Dozen" and "Companies to Watch." We encourage practitioners and independent experts to share their comments in our discussion forum (below) while those representing or otherwise tied to individual vendors should send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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