It enables me to cut through the chase and relate back Hallelujah-stats to their sober state. Because whatever the financial climate, internal and / or external, no company is ever doing really really bad - until after they get bought or bankrupted, that is
So, here are my figures - use them wisely. I went through every annual report from 2004 till 2010, 2010 not being available for every company yet, and took revenue and operating income or operating profit. I rounded everything down to one digit, and then did the math. All in billions.
A big cave canem there: only SAP reports in euros, the rest in dollars
- First, the boring part: absolute figures (wondering about the order? You won't in a minute)
I like to look at revenue, operating profit and R&D, and play a bit with the figures there. Percentages are important, but most important are percentages of percentages of course. This post would be too long if I explained any of it, these figures are nice enough on their own
- Second, the really sexy stuff: all this but taking into account the number of employees, so here are the figures per employee for every one of these companies: (all in thousands)
Next up: system integrators - and believe me, you're in for a BIG surprise