IBM, a newcomer to the Cloud Applications category this year, soundly beat Microsoft-last year's cloud application winner-as well as Citrix and Oracle. The company scored especially well on the technology side with a 87.5 technical satisfaction rating.
Cloud computing has been one of IBM's strategic initiatives in recent years, and in 2012 cloud-related sales grew 80 percent. The company's SmartCloud product lineup includes Infrastructure-, Platform- and Software-as-a-Service offerings, and cloud security tools. Last year the company launched its SmartCloud Enterprise-Plus public and managed private cloud offerings for large companies.