CI Premium: Meet the 2016 Industry Leaders

CI recognizes top integrators serving 11 key vertical markets and gleans advice as to how these industry leaders stay at the forefront of their fields.

This is the fifth year we’ve published our annual collection of the best companies in several vertical markets. This year, we chose at least five in all 11 verticals and expanded the group to 20 for corporate and higher education.

We hope you’ll agree that our selections — all of which were self-nominated — represent the top of each market and the companies that are doing the best work in each of the spaces where they’re selected.

There are no two firms alike. There are no two customers alike. That, in a nutshell, is what makes the annual CI Industry Leaders our most satisfying editorial project of the year. At the core, it’s based on the premise that apples-to-apples comparisons aren’t possible in the integration industry.

A firm that is successful serving hotel customers doesn’t necessarily have much in common with a firm that kills it in the museum market. So our market-by-market CI Industry Leaders lists pay tribute to firms that completely understand their target customers and have built firms (or segments of their firms) that cater to their unique needs.

In 2016, these industry-leading firms are adapting to how their customers’ and markets’ demands are changing rapidly. There are few firms AVI-SPL and Whitlock, which have managed to build infrastructure and expertise to serve customers across almost every vertical market. Top of Form

We also recognized the relatively small firms who are focused on a particular market, and this year’s list includes several small firms who have learned about the benefits of being recognized as a CI Industry Leader from those who’ve come before them.

Enjoy the 2016 CI Industry Leaders and congratulate them on a job well-done. We think you’ll agree it’s a pretty impressive collection of talent and hope you’ll let us know if we missed anyone this year so they can be part of next year’s group.