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What follows is the prestigious Connected World magazine CW 100 annual ranking of the elite technology leaders based on their contributions to the connected devices marketplace. Rather than just listing the industry’s top 100 technology innovators, each company is being ranked on their game-changing technologies, products, services, and commitment to enable connectivity as determined by the editors of Connected World. Published since 2003, this annual list has recognized companies across the globe. This ranking is considered the most definitive and influential directory when it comes to looking at the shifting demands of the market.

According to Connected World Editorial Director Peggy Smedley, “The CW 100 is a very elite group within the technology elite. Every company believes it belongs on this list, but only 100 deserve the honor. Every company within the CW 100 swears they understand the Internet of Things, but very few will have the wherewithal to withstand the ultimate rigors to keep their position year-after-year, while others will adapt to the shifting market unseating their competitive counterparts.” Only time will tell which companies are hanging on by a thread and which ones will surpass the competition and move up the ranks.

What is the CW 100 and its rankings?
The CW 100 is the premier ranking of the leading companies that provide the most innovative solutions as it relates to connected devices for the M2M/IoT (Internet of Things) community.

Who is included in the CW 100 list?
The CW 100 includes companies that share a vision for promoting the connected world. This is more than simply selling a product used in connected solutions; the company needs to show it is committed to the idea of the connected world and is helping to make connecting devices a simpler process. Companies should be dedicated to providing solutions, products, and services that make connectivity and M2M/IoT easier to implement. Overall, the companies on this list are doing their part to enable a connected world, whether that is through a stated vision, the solutions they provide, or the impact they are currently having in the world of connected devices. The editors use a list of criteria to consider companies for inclusion in the CW 100. If a company wishes to be considered and nominates themselves Connected World will always consider them, but keep in mind only 100 firms can be included.

What is the CW 100 criteria?
Some, not necessarily all of the criteria, used to consider companies for inclusion in the CW 100 include (some of the information will also be used to rank companies from one to 100):

  • Strength and number of customer references
  • Strength of business model and product/service portfolio
  • Establishment in the market: revenue, partnerships, employees
  • Momentum/activity in last 12 months
  • Growth potential
  • Customer responses based on research in interviews
  • Stability of M&A or uncertainly due to M&A
  • Active involvement in and support for the Connected World community, including event participation and marketing
  • Responses to Connected World magazine editorial research inquiries
  • An ongoing and productive working relationship with the editorial staff of Connected World
  • Other intangibles including input from market observers and industry experts

What makes the CW 100 rankings unique?
The CW 100 is the only source that independently ranks the vendor community based on a representative sampling of verified customers and partners that actually work and use the products as documented by Connected World. These ratings and feedback are not based on what is shared on Websites, but actual interviews and facts gleaned from true journalistic training.

Is there a questionnaire?
Yes. The questionnaire can be found online. Completing the questionnaire is not a requirement to be included on the list, but it does help the editors in their evaluation of your company. To be a ranked member all questionnaires must be completed and companies must be a member of the Connected World IoT Branding Community.

What if I already submitted my questionnaire?
If you have already submitted your questionnaire and do not want to be ranked than you do not have to do anything else. If you want to be considered for the ranking portion of the CW 100, than you need to complete the payment portion of the application.

What is the deadline?
The deadline to submit for CW 100 2016 is May 28, 2015.

How are CW 100 companies determined?
The selection process for the CW 100 begins with compiling a master list of every known provider of connected devices utilizing M2M/IoT technology and culled from responses to an email invitation to Connected World’s readers, company databases, input from advisors to the magazine, and various other sources. The total number of companies considered varies from year to year, but typically ranges each year from 300 to more than 400.

Each company is invited to provide an update of its business model and a synopsis of its recent progress in the connected devices and M2M marketplace. This material is used to develop a first draft of the directory, which is analyzed and adjusted over a period of several weeks based on additional research and feedback. Each individual score is recorded, calculated, and averaged. All scores and written comments by customers and partners are tallied to make a final determination for the list and then evaluated for possible rankings if appropriate based on what has been stated earlier.

What are the judging criteria?
Entries are judged on the overall strength of the deployment, especially the level of innovation and the business value obtained. Winning submissions will explain the problem/challenge, how technology was innovatively used, and what the payoff/benefit of this application was to the corporate adopter. The score for each entry is based on how the company explains the major challenge it faced or the opportunity that was created by using IoT/M2M technology as well as the ability to demonstrate quantifiable results. Some of these results might include increased secuirty, improved customer service, enhanced patient care, faster emergency response time, better asset visibility, increased uptime, and automated business processes.

What is the difference between inclusion on the CW 100 and being ranked on the CW 100?
All companies that want to be considered for inclusion in the CW 100 must follow the above guidelines and must include all information as requested. Only the companies that provide the required information and fees will be considered to be ranked on the CW 100—from one to 100 as the best in the industry.

Are there fees to be included on the CW 100?
It is not a requirement to pay any fees or to fill out the questionnaire to be considered for inclusion on the CW 100. Filling out the questionnaire only helps the editorial team in its evaluation of the companies in the field.

How do companies receive an official ranking on the CW 100?
All companies must contribute $10,000 for evaluation resulting in a member ranking of one to 100 on the CW 100. There are 100 companies and the rankings will be listed accordingly. Not every company will earn a ranking unless that company is a member company. Only the best of the best will earn the rankings, but the companies that want to receive a ranking evaluation must complete the initial processing fee.

Membership Benefits
In order to be ranked on the CW 100, companies must be members of the Connected World IoT Branding Community. Membership includes as many as 500 digital subscriptions for company employees, daily articles on the Connected World Website, enewsletter write-ups, press releases, social media messaging, and engagement opportunities in any and all of its multi-media forums including print, Web, and radio as determined by the editorial team. As part of this membership all companies agree to follow the strict guidelines for advertising claims and all advertising related to the CW 100 must be approved by the publication prior to use to ensure accuracy. The annual membership fee is $10,000.

How do I pay?
If you wish to be ranked on the CW 100 then payment is due upon submission or prior to the deadline of May 28,2015 to Specialty Publishing Co. It is important all questionnaires are completed prior to the deadline or at time of payment.

Does the magazine publish our entry material?
Connected World magazine will publish articles, award descriptions, or other information regarding the submitted entry. This material is based on the CW 100 submission. We recommend you do not submit material that is not for publication unless clearly stated on the submission.

When are CW 100 companies notified?
Prior to general release, each individual company selected to appear on the CW 100 is notified in the Summer and is given the rules of the marketing and advertising guidelines for usage of the CW 100 logo and special marketing programs.

Can I purchase a marketing package?
Only those companies that are ranked will be offered the opportunity to purchase the marketing package.

What do the CW 100 win?
Each winning adopter receives a freestanding plaque, along with national coverage by Connected World magazine, including coverage in the Oct/Nov print and digital issue, and its Website.

How does the magazine publicize the CW 100?
Connected World magazine will issue a press release as well as publish a listing of the CW 100 in the Oct/Nov issue of Connected World as well as offer marketing packages.

Can the CW 100 companies send out a press release?
Yes. All companies appearing on the list are encouraged to send out a press release following the official announcement by Connected World magazine. The magazine will also provide a copy of its press release, including a description, quotes, criteria, etc., to publicize in its press releases. Connected World magazine must be given the opportunity to approve press releases containing information and/or quotes pertaining to and coming from Connected World magazine and its list and rankings program.

Can a CW 100 ranking member be provided custom quote for a press release?
Yes. All ranking members appearing on the list are encouraged to send out a press release following the official announcement by Connected World magazine. The magazine will also provide a copy of its press release, including a description, criteria, etc., to publicize in its press releases and will draft a unique custom quote on why the ranking member was ranked compared to others on the list. Connected World magazine must be given the opportunity to approve press releases containing information and/or quotes pertaining to and coming from Connected World magazine and its list and rankings program.

Where should entries be sent?
Submit questionnaires online. Payments can be mailed to the below address faxed to CW 100 at +1 630.933.0845. A 3% charge is added to all credit card payments. All payments must be made at time of submission and received by May 28, 2015.

Specialty Publishing Co.
c/o Connected World magazine – CW 100
135 E. St. Charles Rd., Ste. D
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Email: CW100@specialtypub.com
Fax: +1 630.933.0845

What do we do if we have further questions?
For additional questions or assistance in submitting a profile to have the best chances in being ranked to the CW 100 list you must become a member; click here for the payment form.

The CW 100 (Connected World 100) includes companies that share a vision for promoting the connected world. This is more than simply selling a product used in connected solutions; the company needs to show it is committed to the idea of the connected world and is helping to make connecting devices a simpler, secure process. Companies should be dedicated to providing solutions, products, and services that make connectivity and M2M/IoT (Internet of Things) communications easier to implement. Overall, the companies ranked on this list are doing their part to enable a connected world, whether that is through a stated vision, the solutions they provide, or the impact they are currently having in the world of connected devices.

The editors’ rankings are compiled from many different types of data for inclusion in the CW 100. To determine the rankings of each company Connected World must first standardize all of the measures. Based on making comparisons between companies and simplifying a methodology of these standardized sums each is given a score to determine strengths, weaknesses, and customer perceptions.

If a company wishes to be considered and nominates itself Connected World will always consider it, but keep in mind only 100 firms can be included. Some, not necessarily, all of the methodology are used to consider companies for inclusion in the CW 100.

See Our Methodology

  • Strength and number of customer references
  • Strength of business model and product/service portfolio
  • Establishment in the market: revenue, partnerships, employees
  • Momentum/activity during the past 12 months
  • Growth potential based on respective fiscal year and comparison with prior year’s figures
  • Stability of M&A or uncertainty due to M&A
  • Ongoing and productive working relationship with the editorial staff of Connected World
  • Other intangibles including input from market observers, industry experts

 

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1Cisco Systems, Inc.

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2Qualcomm, Inc.

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3Google

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4Verizon

5Honeywell Intl., Inc.

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6AT&T

7General Electric

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8ARM Ltd.

9Intel Corp.

10NXP Semiconductors

11IBM

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12Texas Instruments Inc.

13NEC Display Solutions

14Apple Inc.

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15Disney

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16Ericsson

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17Zebra Technologies Corp.

18Alien Technology Corp.

19Broadcom Corp.

20RacoWireless

21Microsoft

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22BlackBerry

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23Marvell

24Hewlett-Packard Co.

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25Telit Wireless Solutions (ILS*)

26Toshiba/Landis+Gyr

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27Atmel Corp.

28Amdocs Inc.

29Samsung

30Gemalto

31ORBCOMM

32Linear Technology

33Echelon Corp.

34PTC (ThingWorx,* Axeda*)

35Sierra Wireless

36Oracle Corp.

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37Mesh Systems

38Amazon

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39Trimble Navigation Ltd.

40Silver Spring Networks

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41LG Electronics

42Digi International Inc.

43Red Bend

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44Elster Group GmbH

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45Iridium Communications, Inc.

46Jasper Technologies,
Inc.

47Microchip Technology, Inc.

48Sprint

49Cycle30, Inc.

50EnerNOC, Inc.

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51Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.

52Airbiquity

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53Accenture

54T-Mobile USA, Inc.

55u-blox AG

56Garmin Ltd.

57Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

58Tendril

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59Synchronoss

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60AirStrip Technologies

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61SAP

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62Siemens AG

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63NetComm Wireless Ltd.

64Symantec Corp.

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65Aeris Communications

66DataOnline LLC

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67EUROTECH S.p.A.

68Itron

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69salesforce.com, Inc.

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70Tesla Motors, Inc.

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71Whirlpool

72Maingate

73Wyless Inc.

74Good Technology

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75Rogers
Communications

76Nokia Solutions and Networks

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77Lowe's

78Inmarsat plc.

79Silicon Laboratories, Inc.

80Motorola Solutions, Inc.

81Sequans Communications

82151 ADVISORS

83Deutsche Telekom AG

84Connected Development, LLC

85Vodafone Group

86Fargo Telecom Holding

87Bell Canada

88Globalstar

89Telenor Group

90Ethertronics Inc., U.S.A.

91BSH Home Appliances Corp. (Bosch)

92CradlePoint, Inc.

93KORE Wireless Group (Jazz Wireless*)

94orange

95Quake Global, Inc.

96ESPRIDA Corp.

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97ADT LLC dba ADT Security Services

98CETECOM

99Skywave Mobile Communications

100Xirgo Technologies

*Past companies that have been acquired