Posted by: macintoshsisters | December 23, 2006

Tech Hot Growth 50

Tech Hot Growth 50
It’s no surprise to find Apple and Google at the top of our list, but smaller outfits saw some of the biggest growth
by Arik Hesseldahl

In recent years, with few exceptions, technology companies have appeared to be in a rut from which they couldn’t extricate themselves. Still recovering from the bubble-bursting years of 2000 and 2001, longtime tech sector bellwethers such as Intel (INTC), Dell (DELL), IBM (IBM), and Microsoft (MSFT) all found their growth restrained by an economy in which tech spending has been growing at a much slower rate than in the past and selling prices are being relentlessly tamped downward. The growth in tech spending has dropped from the double-digit rates of the late 1990s to single-digit rates of 5% to 7%.

But there was faster growth to be found in the tech sector in 2006—hot, even heyday-like growth in certain places. You just had to know where to find it and how to grab it, as the 50 companies that made our ranking of the Tech Hot Growth firms show. Measured by sales growth, total return to shareholders, return on equity, and overall sales, the companies on the list make for an enlightening study of the new technology economy, circa 2006.

Full article at BusinessWeek



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