Are Your Vendors Fighting to Keep You Happy?

By Allan Alter  |  Posted 12-05-2005

It's amazing how much better a vendor can get when new competitors turn up the heat. In previous vendor value surveys, outsourcers and telecom companies have been the lowest-scoring industries. Both industries are under attack—the U.S. outsourcing and consulting firms by Indian competitors, and telecom companies by cable and VoIP providers. Yet Accenture, Deloitte, Sprint Nextel and BellSouth have significantly improved their scores for business value and reliability.

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That's just one of the key findings from our third annual vendor value survey. This year, nearly 900 executives rated their most important vendors on how well they delivered business value and reliability. We added two new categories—business intelligence systems and PDAs—and ten new vendors, and compared Indian offshore outsourcers to their American competitors.

Red Hat, Apple, Cisco and Dell top the list once more, but readers who look closer will identify other winners. Security vendor VeriSign made the top-ten list in its first time in our survey, joining McAfee and Symantec. Research in Motion came in eighth for providing value, while Symbol Technologies placed third for customer loyalty. Those Indian outsourcers? En masse, they offer better value and reliability than their U.S. counterparts.

Our study also identifies who is losing ground. Three vendors that have recently digested high-profile acquisitions—Symantec (which acquired Veritas), Oracle (which absorbed PeopleSoft) and AT&T (the new name for the combined SBC and AT&T)—saw their scores drop substantially. In total, thirteen companies saw their scores decline.

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Compare your vendor's result to last year's: 2004: Are Your Vendors Providing More Value?

While this year's average score is 65.3 percent, two points higher than last year, that's hardly a rousing endorsement of the performance of the IT sector.

CIO Insight Top 10
Vendor Value 2005
RANK SCORE
1 Red Hat 84.2%
2 Apple Computer 82.6
3 Cisco Systems 81.4
4 Dell 79.0
4 McAfee 79.0
6 VeriSign 75.8
7 Citrix Systems 73.2
8 Symantec 72.7
9 Hewlett-Packard 71.7
10 IBM 71.2
Percentage of IT executives rating vendor as excellent or good.

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Survey Guide:
Are Your Vendors Fighting to Keep You Happy?

  • CIOs Describe Like-Hate Relationships With Vendors
  • Winners and Losers: Survey Shows Shifts in Customer Esteem
  • Excelling in Spots: Customer Evaluations by Category
  • How The Survey Was Done

    Want to see how your vendors did in last year's survey? Click here: Are Your Vendors Providing More Value?