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Alinean Highlights Top 200 U.S. Companies - Achieving the Greatest Return on IT (ROIT)

Oct. 5, 2005 - Alinean today announces its third annual ranking of the top 200 U.S. companies deriving the greatest value from IT investments (ROITT) from more than 8,000 U.S. public companies studied. Due to rising energy prices and traditionally frugal IT investment, the energy industry shows up the strongest this year, owning 12 of the top 20 spots.

The ranking, published on SearchCIO.com as The SearchCIO 200, reveals that top-performing companies are consistently more frugal in their IT spending as a percentage of revenue, spending 2.8 percent where the average company spends 3.4 percent. These leaders have managed to reduce IT infrastructure Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) via consolidation, standardization, and best practices, while more carefully investing IT dollars in new projects that are likely to deliver a substantial return and competitive edge.

Of importance this year and following a continuing trend, these frugal leaders are ramping IT investments to capture opportunities presented by improving market conditions. 2003 leaders averaged a meager 0.8 percent of revenue spent on IT, while in 2004, spending jumped to 1.6 percent of revenue and in 2005, to 2.8 percent of revenue. Average performers and laggards maintained relatively consistent spending levels of 3.5 percent and 2.7 percent respectively over the same time frame. These findings demonstrate the trend for leaders to expand their IT investments, and illustrate the importance of agility in out-performing the competition. Leaders more easily and quickly increase spending when there's an economic up-tick, and scale back when times are tough.

"The biggest shift we're seeing this year is the dramatic increase in spending amongst the top performers as companies move from reducing costs to shifting investments to capture market share and facilitate growth," said Tom Pisello, CEO and founder of Alinean.

The SearchCIO 200 ranking gives IT stakeholders an actionable benchmark to compare their own IT performance against that of the most effective public U.S. companies with annual revenue over $1 billion and 1,000 employees or more. To determine ROIT, Alinean compares company performance, measured by Stern Stewart's Economic Value Add (EVA = net profit - cost of capital * (assets - liabilities)) metric, versus IT spending. This ratio highlights companies that are spending less compared to the shareholder value they are creating.

Alinean's annual ranking identifies the top performers across ten vertical industry categories: consumer discretionary, consumer staples, energy, financials, healthcare, industrials, IT and telecom, legal and insurance, materials, transportation and auto/vehicle manufacturing, and one across-the-board ranking of top ROIT performers.

Alinean's ROIT metric and other benchmarks in its PeerComparisonT - Enterprise v2.5 software are being used by a number of Fortune 500 companies and consulting companies to assess IT efficiency and effectiveness, set IT performance goals, and to understand how IT spending, TCO and trends stack up to peers. The software is supported by a database of over 20,000 worldwide corporations with financial data from Mergent and Stern Stewart, and IT spending and total cost of ownership (TCO) data from IDC and Alinean.

ROIT Leaders of the Pack
Because of the high pricing power and frugal IT spending, energy companies like PG&E Corp., Apache Corp., Devon Energy Corp., Murphy Oil Corp., and Burlington Resources Inc. top the charts this year, with ROIT performance that exceeds 2,000 percent. High flyers also include several leading financial services, healthcare, industrials, materials, and legal and insurance companies.

Nearly half of the companies that made last year's Top 20 are repeat high-performers, and nearly 100 companies appearing on this year's Top 200 list continue to invest wisely, making their third annual appearance.

Several larger companies, including GE, John Deere, Bank of America, Kellogg, General Motors, Microsoft and 3M have dropped off, making room for smaller and more agile companies like Nucor, Gilead Sciences, Equifax, Winnebago Industries and Autodesk.

"Consistently, it's not how much is being spent, but what companies are spending on that matters most. Companies can clearly learn from these leaders how to be more agile, support key business initiatives, better align IT and business goals and projects, and invest more in innovation and less in 'keeping the lights on' operations," said Tom Pisello, CEO and founder of Alinean.

More information on this year's ranking and Alinean are available at http://searchcio.techtarget.com and www.alinean.com.

View The SearchCIO 200 at http://searchcio.techtarget.com/cio200/0,294738,sid19,00.html.

Top 20 U.S. Companies with Highest ROITT Across Industries
SearchCIO 200: http://searchcio.techtarget.com/cio200/0,294738,sid19,00.html

Ranking

Company

ROITT =
EVA/IT Spending

Revenue
(Millions)

Employees
(Thousands)

1

PG&E Corp. (Holding Co.)

2328%

$11,080.00

20.2

2

Apache Corp.

2319%

$5,332.58

2.64

3

Devon Energy Corp.

2289%

$9189.00

3.9

4

Murphy Oil Corp.

2223%

$8,359.84

2.14

5

Burlington Resources Inc.

2186%

$5,618.00

2.21

6

Nucor Corp.

1930%

$11,376.83

5.8

7

Steel Dynamics Inc.

1773%

$2,114.91

1.4

8

EOG Resources, Inc.

1723%

$2,271.23

1.25

9

XTO Energy, Inc.

1698%

$1,947.60

1.36

10

Occidental Petroleum Corp

1683%

$11,513.00

7.21

11

Premcor Inc.

1362%

$15,334.80

1.77

12

Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.

1257%

$1,206.70

3.78

13

NVR Inc.

1255%

$4,254.41

3.85

14

Anadarko Petroleum Corp

1205%

$6,067.00

3.3

15

Unocal Corp.

1200%

$8,204.00

6.59

16

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

1198%

$1,324.62

1.43

17

SLM Corp.

1136%

$5,217.53

9.0

18

Moody's Corp.

1033%

$1,438.30

2.5

19

Equitable Resources, Inc.

939%

$1,191.61

1.5

20

MGIC Investment Corp.

900%

$1,612.69

1.2

Source : Alinean

 

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