For 15 years, the InformationWeek 500 has tracked organizations' IT agendas, providing a unique opportunity to understand and examine their business practices across core areas of operations. Companies named to this list demonstrate a pattern of technological, procedural, and organization innovation. Lockheed Martin was ranked No. 47. General Motors, FedEx, and Harley-Davidson, as well as Owens & Minor, which is ranked No. 1, are some of the household names that made this year's list.
Economic conditions are showing signs of improvement at America's most innovative companies. Revenue across the InformationWeek 500 rose from $9.4 billion in 2002 to $9.6 billion in 2003. And despite lackluster business conditions in many sectors of the economy, the compound annual growth rate of the InformationWeek 500 is at 4.6% for the past seven years.
"America's most innovative companies are also devoting more dollars to technology initiatives this year. On average, the InformationWeek 500 will invest 3.7% of their annual revenue on technology for an average cash layout of $353 million in 2003," said Rusty Weston, editor of InformationWeek Research. "This marks an upswing in technology investment compared to a year ago when the typical InformationWeek 500 company spent $320 million on IT."
IT dollars are used primarily to develop, foster, and improve processes that promote information-sharing across and beyond the enterprise. Regulatory compliance is also prompting new IT spending in many sectors tracked by InformationWeek. Web-based architecture, productivity-centric tools and products, and IT infrastructure that promotes real-time data transmissions are among the key technology initiatives sought by this year's InformationWeek 500.
"It is an honor to be recognized as an innovative IT leader," says Lockheed Martin Chief Information Officer Joe Cleveland. "We continually strive to provide the right information, at the right time, to the right people, presented in the right way and, at the right cost. Given the business climate of doing more with less, organizations that focus on innovative ways to deliver customer-valued solutions will be successful in the future. At Lockheed Martin we strive to deliver IT solutions that are affecting our customers' business processes while helping them achieve their objectives."
"The InformationWeek 500 are a major force in the U.S. economy," said Stephanie Stahl, editor of InformationWeek. "Collectively, this year's 500 businesses will spend nearly $177 billion on technology tools, products, and services. We expect this commitment to continue into 2004 when we estimate that the InformationWeek 500 will spend $185 billion to establish and move technology initiatives forward."
The InformationWeek 500 is the most detailed source of industry-specific IT budget data. The research project gathered in-depth information directly from companies about how they approach and prioritize their IT investments. The research identified and ranked the companies following an extensive online and phone study.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin (www.lockheedmartin.com) employs about 125,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2002 sales of $26.6 billion.
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