Rank: 14 (Previous rank: 15)
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CEO: Samuel J. Palmisano
Address: 1 New Orchard Rd.
Armonk, NY 10504
In a year of bellwether blowouts, IBM held its own -- and more. The company's ongoing shift from hardware to software and services continued to pay off: IBM's profit climbed 18% in 2008, fueled by overseas growth in countries from Argentina to Vietnam. Big Blue's buying binge continued with 15 acquisitions, up from 12 in 2007. But in March, the spending spree hit a snag when the board of Sun Microsystems got cold feet and nixed IBM's $7 billon bid. - J.R.
Industry: Information Technology Services
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