Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, IBM are top 5 IT vendors

Top 5 IT vendors in 2016Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and IBM are the top 5 IT vendors in the world based on their revenue from IT and components in 2016, said Gartner.

Apple’s IT revenue was over $218 billion — approximately $79 billion larger than Samsung (with $139 billion) at second spot.

Google with $90.1 billion was third, Microsoft with $85.7 billion at fourth spot, and IBM with $77.8 billion was at fifth position when it came to IT revenue in 2016.

Gartner said the need for devices and services, along with mobile phones and PCs will remain — cloud will underpin all digital business initiatives  — but they will become more commoditized and less of a driver for new projects and spending.

“The needs of IT buyers are shifting. CEOs are focused on growth and are more focused on realizing business outcomes from their IT spend,” said John-David Lovelock, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Gartner also revealed the top 100 IT vendors.

Digital giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent can take over the digital experience. 20 percent of all activities an individual engages in will involve at least one of the top seven digital giants by 2021.

Gartner said digital giants effectively become gatekeepers for any business that delivers digital content and services to consumers.

The focus of the digital giants has mainly been in the consumer, citizen and employee world. Because the digital giants have not yet been as focused on business to business (B2B), there is opportunity for other companies to take the lead.

Some of the digital giants have already significant impact in the B2B world of selling technology solutions to large enterprises.

Amazon Web Services’ cloud is disrupting enterprise hardware and software business. Apple’s iOS devices are dominant within enterprise mobility. Google’s presence beyond search into browsers, cloud office and more is growing.