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Poll: IT pros determine the Most Admired Company

TR member dcolbert thinks IT professionals are better suited than business leaders to determine the Most Admired Company, and so we thought we'd let the TR community decide. Take the poll.

Last week, TR member dcolbert wrote about how Fortune Magazine recently named Apple the Most Admired Company among business leaders. However, he questioned whether business leaders are the best people to ask -- especially since IT pros (in general) have a much better understanding of technology.

Here's a brief excerpt from his post:

So, while Apple and loyal Apple customers are busy patting themselves on the back for another win as “Most Admired Company,” it might be worth considering who has given that award and how meaningful it really is. The people in the industry who understand the most – the technology pros and gadget obsessed — are starting to get more and more concerned. If they had been given Fortune Magazine’s survey, Apple still might have won, but by a falling margin instead of growing one.

This seems like the perfect opportunity to put his assumptions to the test. Since TechRepublic is a web site for IT pros, we'll let the TR community decide the title of Most Admired Company. As for the criteria, we'll borrow Fortune Magazine's factors of reputation, integrity, and trust. Feedback and explanations are welcome in the discussion thread, as well as companies you admire that didn't make our list.

About

Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

19 comments
dcolbert
dcolbert

I never even thought that this would generate a forum discussion that I should help feed. Sorry. I've had a lot of professional challenges distracting me lately. TR is still my first love, guys. I promise to pay more attention - as long as you'll argue with me, in the future. :)

paul.zhang
paul.zhang

where's facebook or twitter?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Facebook changes its terms of service every other week. Twitter has no business plan.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

not that i can find and understand, anyway. I did see something where they wanted me to go off site, I thought it must have been scam as NO ONE puts their ToS off site.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

That way, upper management can change them at will, without having to consult one another. When their users scream, they can roll it back and leave no trace of the 'error'. "Change, comrade? What are these changes of which you speak? Can you see them from Siberia?"

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

as they know their business and stick to it. Even if it means giving up on some possible profits from outside it. Who would I have liked to see on the list and voted for? Code Weavers Wikipedia Canatonical ASUS and Gigabyte AMD Kingston and a few other RAM manufacturers All these, and many others rate better than most on the list.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Canonical? Mozilla? CNet? PopCap? Kingston? CDW? APC? Any of these over any on the original list.

ITSeth
ITSeth

would have picked if i could

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Not including "Other" on the poll was an oversight, but this is definitely the place to list the companies you admire that didn't make my short list. I thought about including TechRepublic, but I wanted honest results - not based on loyalty or fear that I'd delete your TR membership if you didn't choose correctly. ;)

Slayer_
Slayer_

The size of their balls and they way they swing them around to make everyone bow before them and do whatever they want them to do.... Is truly amazing.

Deadly Ernest
Deadly Ernest

are very much a pair, aren't they Microsoft and Sadam, that is. Please no discussion about other political events from that country.

NexS
NexS

I had to say IBM... Really, they've been in the game for so long and STILL making bucketloads of money...

pjboyles
pjboyles

Mostly, those listed are on my least admired corporations.

dcolbert
dcolbert

And Toshiba is among your most favored nations?