The Votes are in – Computerworld Names the Top 100 Emerging Companies to Watch for 2001

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 14, 2000 – Computerworld today announced its list of the top 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2001, made up of companies shaping the information technology landscape with cutting-edge products and services. The Emerging Companies 2001 compilation spotlights 100 companies that demonstrate industry leadership in new and emerging markets. Each of the companies honored has either introduced IT innovations or addressed major IT challenges with unique, forward-looking products and services.


"The IT industry is extremely competitive today. Companies are fighting tooth and nail to gain the notice of IT leaders. Only those companies that are truly innovative will stand out in this market — those that are taking risks and spearheading change," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of Computerworld.

This year's Emerging Companies to Watch in 2001 list includes a diverse group of software and hardware companies and Internet start-ups. Some of the companies honored include Data Junction Corp., Ecora, 2netFX, CoVia, Emerald Solutions, IslandData, Kinecta Corp., Outlook Technologies Inc., Saga Software, Talisma Corp., Response Networks and Vitessa Corp.

Honorees include brand-name companies like E.piphany, which delivers a suite of next-generation software applications as well as lesser- known companies like Xpedior, a developer of customized e-business strategies, and start-ups like Harvest Road, an Australian-based company that creates software tools that automates Web portal and community site development.

To determine this year's 100 Emerging Companies to Watch, Computerworld reviewed hundreds of nominations submitted online by the companies themselves. Those meeting the Emerging Companies criteria were corporate IT-focused, for-profit ventures founded after 1995. In addition, these companies shipped their core products prior to 2001, and their total revenue was less than $250 million.

Computerworld editors then turned to an exclusive panel of IT industry influencers to judge the nominees based on the following characteristics:

– The company and its technology offer demonstrable value to corporate IT operations in Fortune 1,000 companies; the product or service addresses problems or challenges that IT managers face.

– The company is innovative; the product or service presents a new and creative approach to an IT issue; the product or service competes in a relatively new or emerging market.

– The company demonstrates positive signs of an ability to execute its strategy (revenue, revenue growth, funding, management team).

This year's Emerging Companies 2001 report can be found in the November 13, 2000, issue of Computerworld and online at The report includes the results of Computerworld's extensive search to identify the top emerging companies as well as comprehensive stories about the risks and rewards of working with such companies.

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