And the aim of this is precisely what?
PricewaterhouseCoopers, in association with the European National Software and Associations: Europe (ESA), France (AFDEL), UK (BASDA) and Pierre Audoin Consultants as technical advisors, is pleased to present the 2008 EuroSoftware100. This yearly publication includes a ranking of the Top European Software vendors:
Top 200 European Software Market
Top 100 France
Top 100 Germany
Top 100 UK
Does anyone *really* care which company came 153rd in the European software market, or 86th in the UK? Well, maybe the companies mentioned here:
Our ranking is complemented by an analysis and commentary on the future Software trends following interviews with key executives of the Top Global and European Software vendors (Léo Apotheker, co-CEO SAP AG; Bernard Charles, CEO Dassault Systèmes; Jean-Philippe Courtois, President Microsoft International; Pierre Gatignol, Executive President GL Trade; Patrick Bertrand, CEO Cegid Group; Marc Benioff, CEO Salesforce.com; Stephen Kelly, CEO Micro Focus; Corey Eaves, CIO/CTO Misys; Terry Sweeney, CEO RM; Chris Ouwinga, CEO Unit 4 Agresso; Thomas große Osterhues, Senior Manager Marketing Communications Beta Systems).
Perhaps some of them need a little bit of confidence-boosting in an attempt to convince themselves that they are still at the cutting edge, and not being left behind by all this tiresome free software stuff. What better than a really super-duper Top 100 list that proves they are...in the Top 100 of a super-duper list? Because everyone knows the metrics used for drawing up such lists are totally rigorous and meaningful.
Interestingly, all of the four “partners” of this whizzo scheme either have Microsoft as a member or customer (ESA, AFDEL, BASDA, Pierre Audoin Consultants), but open source companies are conspicuously thin on the ground. Just thought I'd mention it.