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Top 50 rank: 5
Rank in Information Technology Services: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.79
Ticker: IBM
Why it's admired:
In 1911, Big Blue was born from the merger of three disparate-seeming businesses to become the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. Fast forward a century later, the company celebrated its 100th anniversary with record annual profit of $15.9 billion, a 7% year-over-year increase. Much of that came from healthy revenue growth in BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- business analytics, cloud services, and Smarter Planet, IBMís ongoing campaign to solve real-world problems, from traffic congestion to water management.
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Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 3
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 2
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
Most Admired
1 IBM 7.79
2 Accenture 7.57
3 Booz Allen Hamilton Holding 6.89
4 Cognizant Technology Solutions 6.31
5 CACI International 6.18
Rank Company Overall score
6 SAIC 5.75
7 Computer Sciences 5.59
8 SRA International 5.52
9 ManTech International 5.33
10 Unisys 4.82
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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5. IBM 304
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