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Fortunes List of Most Admired Companies for 2007
by: Jerry Liao

Fortune Magazine recently published America’s most admired companies for 2007 from different industries. Fortune and its survey partners at Hay Group asked 3,322 executives, directors, and securities analysts to select the 10 companies they admire most. Since TechNews101 is all about technology – I will be focussing more on the information technology companies – hardware, software, Internet, services etc.

How The Survey was Conducted:

The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Fortune’s survey partners at Hay Group started with the FORTUNE 1,000 and the top foreign companies operating in the U.S. Hay sorted them by industry and selected the ten largest in each. To create the 63 industry lists, executives, directors, and analysts were asked to rate companies in their own industry giving each company a numerical score from zero (poor) to ten (excellent). 3,322 responders ranked companies on these eight attributes:

1. Quality of management’ 2. Quality of products and services; 3. Innovation; 4. Long-term investment value; 5. Financial soundness; 6. People Management: Ability to attract, develop and keep talented people; 7. Social responsibility; 8. Use of corporate assets

A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey. Here are the results and their scores:

Most Admired – COmputer
1. IBM (7.46); 2. Apple (7.44); 3. Xerox (6.74); 4. Canon (6.61); 5. Hewlett-Packard (6.48)

Contenders
6. Pitney Bowes (6.21); 7. Sun Microsystems (6.09); 8. Dell (5.88); 9. NCR (5.33); 10. Gateway (4.55)

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Most Admired – Computer Software
1. Intuit (7.55); 2. Autodesk (7.35); 3. Adobe Systems (7.35); 4. Microsoft (6.73); 5. Electronic Arts (6.65)

Contenders
6. Symantec (6.40); 7. SAP (6.35); 8. Oracle (6.12); 9. BMC Software (5.19); 10. CA (3.98)

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Most Admired – Computer Peripherals
1. Network Appliance (8.10); 2. Seagate Technology (7.65); 3. EMC (6.99)

Contenders
4. Lexmark International (6.44); 5. Symbol Technologies (6.23); 6. Western Digital (5.87)

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Most Admired – Electronics
1. General Electric (8.04); 2. Emerson Electric (7.17); 3. Siemens (6.98); 4. Matsushita Electric Industrial (6.74); 5. Samsung Electronics (6.47)

Contenders
6. Royal Philips Electronics (6.38); 7. Hitachi (6.20); 8. Sony (6.15); 9. Whirlpool (5.92); 10. Tyco International (5.08)

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Most Admired – I.T. Services
1. Accenture (7.38); 2. Perot Systems (6.85); 3. Electronic Data Systems (5.41); 4. Science Applications Intl. (4.99); 5. VeriSign (4.91)

Contenders
6. CACI International (4.89); 7. Affiliated Computer Services (4.71); 8. Computer Sciences (4.55); 9. Unisys (3.98)

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Most Admired – Internet Services and Retail
1. IAC/InterActiveCorp (8.23); 2. Google (7.95); 3. eBay (7.18); 4. Yahoo! (6.77)

Contenders
5. Amazon.com (6.76); 6. Liberty Media (5.95); 7. Sabre Holdings (5.23)

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Most Admired – Network Companies
1. Cisco Systems (7.73); 2. Corning (7.62); 3. Motorola (7.60); 4. Qualcomm (7.50); 5. Tellabs (7.18)

Contenders
6. Juniper Networks (6.41); 7. Harris (6.27); 8. Avaya (5.58); 9. Andrew (5.46); 10. UTStarcom (4.34)

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Most Admired – Semiconductors
1. Texas Instruments (7.73); 2. Broadcom (7.20); 3. Applied Materials (7.18); 4. Advanced Micro Devices (6.91); 5. Intel (6.58)

Contenders
6. Freescale Semiconductor (6.04); 7. Micron Technology (5.54); 8. Jabil Circuit (5.25); 9. Sanmina-SCI (5.12); 10. Solectron (5.08)

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Most Admired: Telecommunications
1. BellSouth (7.32); 2. AT&T (7.09); 3. Verizon Communications (7.00); 4. Comcast (6.90); 5. Cox Communications (6.55)

Contenders
6. Alltel (6.15); 7. DirecTV Group (5.91); 8. Sprint Nextel (5.83); 9. EchoStar Communications (5.76); 10. Qwest Communications (4.69)

Due to insufficient response, the results of 29 companies in five industries are not reported: health care, pharmacy and other services; home equipment, furnishings; precision equipment; tobacco; and printing. The full report can be viewed at: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/mostadmired/2007/index.html

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