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How we did it

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Dec 22, 20031 min
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How we did it

With the help of market researchers Research Concepts, we asked 250 readers to rate the power of 20 network vendors and their CEOs. We used a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 representing the high mark and 1 the low. We calculated the mean to obtain the “Power Rating.”

Power Ratings analysis provides two key measures of power: objective and relative. Objective power is determined by comparing a company’s or individual’s current Power Rating against last year’s, which shows how the CEO’s or company’s own power has altered. Using the Power Rating to rank the companies from 1 to 20 lets us compare vendors against each other. Respondents might perceive a company to be less powerful than it was last year, yet gaining industry power overall. For in-stance, Nortel’s Power Rating dropped one full point from its 2002 rating, yet the company climbed one rank to No. 11 in 2003, from No. 12 in 2002.

– Julie Bort