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Well, according to the BW/BCG survey of top managers around the world, it is not about servers. It’s about patents, R&D, adaptability, and innovation culture.
Check out the first 50 responses on IBM:
“Constant pursuit of new ideas / patents
Significant research on technology and services
They create key advances across a number of technologies.
I know the products
products and services on the cutting edge
Very strong R & D
Blue sphere and Blade Server products
Focus on innovation
extremely innovative organizational and sales models to leverage technology, partners/channels and position for technology usage and delivery trends
Tech is constantly changing
The largest number of patents per year and permanent innovations and inventions.
ability to shift their positioning to be more relevant
Strategic changes made
Products they create
Excel in business technology services
I think they have a long history of innovation
Great outsourcing Srategy
Most new ideas and patents on a consistant basis
Historical developments as well as the breadth of intellectual talent(chips, computing, internet, artificial intelligence)
number of patents year after year
Because of the Technology
Commitment to (1) fundamental physical research, (2) develop technology to meet society’s needs and (3) help users develop the processes and platforms to use new technology
They are making continuous break throughs on a number of techical fronts while reshaping their business model.
Excellent product range of laptops, customizable to fit every requirement and no compromise of quality.
They have more patents each year and their R&D is rated number one in the world.
Research & produce the most advance chip
highest number of patents — highly innovative gauged by intellectual property over very long period of time
Plenty of R&D research always leading edge technologies
great R&D and knows how to commercialize the innovations
Deep technology investments producing many original ideas
Their consulting company is doing a great job of helping others find value
Extensive corporate infrastructure to provide seed money, senior leader expertise/support, and tollgated oversight of high-priority emerging opportunities.
Applying ideas to solve new problems in left field ways, while at the same time extending existing technology to new solutions
Growth over longer periods with future potential
Strong patent portfolio in basic research
reinvention from computers to service
excellent longterm business ideas
Legendary; Consistently reinvent themselves to add value; Offer blend of services and products; Outstanding leadership
Giant but still smart
They produce more patents than nearly everyone else.
number of patents
Amazing range of patents and IPR’s
Same as above
Strength of technologists and customer solutions
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