Research consultancy Frost & Sullivan has announced the top products, services and processes voted for by international CEOs in its 2006 CEOs' Choice Awards.
"Our research clearly shows that companies that take a global perspective, base their growth decisions on integrated research methodologies, focus on implementing best practices, and perform competitive benchmarking and strategy workshops are the companies with the greatest potential for future growth and outpace the industry growth average," says Frost & Sullivan Chairman David Frigstad. "These best-practice awards help to identify who those companies are."
Director of the Choice Award programme, Tonya Fowler, says the research covers a variety of categories in which CEOs are asked to evaluate products, services and processes based on their professional, and sometimes personal, experiences. They then rate the various categories.
"In 2006, we evaluated products and services in several different industries which resulted in various companies being recognised for their outstanding performance in areas related to innovation, quality, reliability and service, as well as many other product and service-specific related categories," says Fowler.
She says that the 2006 CEOs’ Choice research resulted in the following companies being chosen as "best" for the following categories:
Desktop computing products among United States CEOs:
* Dell was voted as best for their desktop computers for its customer service, quality, reliability, and value. Furthermore, Dell’s monitors were also recognised as best for their customer service and value.
* Apple was selected as best for design and looks for its desktop computers and monitors.
* HP was selected as overall best for its printers and scanners.
* Logitech was chosen as overall best for its keyboards.
* Sony was perceived as overall best for its projectors.
Mobile communication products and services among US CEOs:
* Verizon Wireless was chosen as the overall best for its wireless network.
* Motorola was chosen as best for its mobile handsets for its Bluetooth headsets, design and looks, digital cameras, displays, innovation and quality.
* Palm was recognised as best for its smartphones regarding their applications, design andlooks, innovation and multimedia capabilities.
* Nokia was selected as having the best value for its mobile handsets.
* RIM/Blackberry was perceived as having the best quality smartphone.
Mobile computing products among US CEOs:
* Dell was voted as best for its laptops regarding customer service, quality, reliability, use in the office and value.
* Apple was chosen as the best for its laptops regarding their design and looks, innovation, multimedia capabilities and screen quality.
* RIM/Blackberry was selected as best for its PDAs regarding their customer service, ease of use, quality, reliability and wireless capability.
* Palm was perceived as best for its PDAs regarding their design and looks, innovation and screen quality.
* Sony was recognised as having the best travel laptop.
Mobile computing among European CEOs:
* Dell was voted as best for its laptops regarding customer service, reliability, use in the office and value.
* Apple was selected as best for its laptops regarding design and looks, innovation and multimedia capabilities.
* RIM/Blackberry was perceived as the overall best for its PDAs.