Choosing The Winners

How InformationWeek identifies the most innovative users of technology.
InformationWeek 500The InformationWeek 500, which has identified the most innovative IT organizations in the United States for 17 years, is a benchmark of organizational performance. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights innovation in business technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest spenders.

To be included on our list, candidate companies were asked to complete a qualifying application that examined key business-technology strategies. Companies with at least $500 million in annual revenue were invited to participate. InformationWeek Research editors determined the selection criteria.

This year, we recognize the accomplishments of companies across eight types of business-technology initiatives. Although InformationWeek 500 companies reveal key elements of their technology spending plans and budgets during the research process, the data is aggregated by industry; individual responses are never disclosed. Our analysis is presented in two forms: a ranking of the top 100 innovators and an alphabetical listing of the entire InformationWeek 500.

We wish to thank Advantage Business Research Inc., which provided telephone support for this year's survey, and CIC Research Inc., which supplied data analysis.


Company Name


Paccar Inc.

Banking & Financial Services

Capital One Financial Corp.

Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals



Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

Construction & Engineering

Parsons Corp.

Consulting & Business Services

Ricoh Corp.

Consumer Goods

SC Johnson & Son Inc.


Avnet Inc.


Cadence Design Systems Inc.

Energy & Utilities

Calpine Corp.

Health Care & Medical

Texas Health Resources

Hospitality & Travel

Marriott International Inc.

Information Technology

Perot Systems Corp.


Highmark Inc.

Logistics & Transportation

Yellow Roadway Corp.


Northrop Grumman Corp.

Media & Entertainment

Harrah's Entertainment Inc.

Metal & Natural Resources

Louisiana-Pacific Corp.

Retail: General Merchandising

Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp.

Retail: Specialty Merchandising

Lands' End Inc.


BellSouth Corp.

Illustration By Paul Watson

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