The Info Tech 100 Methodology and Glossary

The number that follows each company name indicates its ranking in the table

To compile the information for the Technology 100, BusinessWeek began with financial data from Standard & Poor's Compustat, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies that has computerized information on over 28,000 publicly traded corporations. We trimmed this universe to information-technology companies. This year we added cable companies that expanded into telecom operations. To qualify, companies had to have revenues of at least $300 million.

We divided this collection of about 500 companies into eight industry categories, such as software and semiconductors. Companies whose stock price has dropped more than 75%, whose sales shrank, or where other developments raised questions about future performance were eliminated from contention. We also dropped some phone companies whose monopoly or near-monopoly power in their countries gives them an unfair advantage over competitors. The remaining group of companies was ranked on four criteria: return on equity, shareholder return and revenue growth (which were given equal weight), and total revenues (which was weighted). Then the top 100 companies were reranked as a group.

REVENUES Latest available revenues for the most recent 12-month period for U.S. companies and the latest annual revenues for non-U.S. companies. Includes all sales and other operating revenues.

REVENUE GROWTH Percentage change in revenues compared with the previous corresponding year-ago period, in native currency.

RETURN ON EQUITY Net income available for shareholders divided by common equity, in native currency.

TOTAL RETURN The total return to shareholders, including dividends for the 12 months ended May 31, 2007.

PROFITS Latest available profits for the latest 12-month period for U.S. companies, the latest annual profits for non-U.S. companies. Net income from continuing operations before extraordinary items.

NOTE: Data compiled by Standard & Poor's from sources such as statistical services, registration statements, and company reports that S&P believes to be reliable but are not guaranteed by S&P or BusinessWeek as to correctness or completeness. This material is not an offer to buy or sell any security.


The number that follows each company name indicates its ranking in the table

Accenture 16

Acer 92

Adobe Systems 98

ADP 87

Advanced Semiconductor 96

Alliance Data Systems 93

Alltel 71 1

América Móvil 2

Amkor Technology 47

Amphenol 66

Anixter International 24

Apple Computer 6

Applied Materials 37

Arrow Electronics 79

ASML Holding 40

Asustek Computer 29

AT&T 7

Autodesk 65

Avnet 48

Bharti Airtel 14

BT Group 13

Canon 51

CDW 61

China Mobile 10

Cisco Systems 20

Cognizant Tech. Solutions 70

Comcast 62

CommScope 72

Compal Electronics 63

Cosmote Mobile Telecom. 26

Digital China Hldgs. 75

DIRECTV Group 52

D-Link 99

Elpida Memory 80

EMC 88

Ericsson (LM) 55

Fidelity Natl. Info. Svcs. 58

Fiserv 97

Google 19

Grupo Iusacell 33

Harris 84

HCL Technologies 76

Hewlett-Packard 35

High Tech Computer 43

Hon Hai Precision Ind. 4

Hynix Semiconductor 57

IBM 21

Infosys Technologies 30

Inventec 77


KLA-Tencor 95

KPN (Kon.) 27

L-3 Communications 74

Lam Research 45

Liberty Global 38

Logitech Intl. 100

MEMC Electronic Materials 32

Microsoft 9

Millicom Intl. Cellular 18

Mobile Telesystems 15

Nanya Technology 42

NII Holdings 50

Nikon 86

Nintendo 8

Nokia 17


Oracle 22

Powerchip Semiconductor 67 94

Qimonda 78

Qualcomm 89

Quanta Computer 85

Research In Motion 11

Rogers Communications 44


Satyam Computer Svcs. 73

SES 90

Shaw Communications 91

Siemens 34

Siliconware Precision 53

SMART Modular Tech. 41

Softbank 39

Taiwan Semiconductor 59

Tata Consultancy Svcs. 23

TD Ameritrade Hldg. 46

Telefónica 3

Telekomunikasi Indonesia 31

Telenor 5

Telus 82

Tokyo Electron 81

Toshiba 68

Turkcell 83

Varian Semiconductor 60

Verizon Communications 25

VimpelCom 12

VTech Holdings 56

Windstream 64

Wipro 49

Wistron 28

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