HAMPTON, NH -- (May 3, 2000) Technology Business Research (">www.tbri.com)
just completed its First Quarter 2000 Corporate IT Buying Behavior and
Customer Satisfaction Study, part of a quarterly tracking service measuring
corporate end-user satisfaction with desktop, Intel-based server and laptop/notebook
systems vendors. This quarter's study is based on the opinions of 550
IT managers at large U.S. corporations from interviews conducted between
mid-January and early April 2000. The principal shifts in rankings this
quarter involve Compaq moving up two positions in the desktop segment
and up to second position in the notebook segment, in both cases displacing
IBM to No. 5 in desktops and No. 3 in notebook satisfaction.
No news is good news for Dell [NASDAQ:DELL]. Dell retains its position
at the top of the TBR rankings.
you try and you try, but you do get satisfaction. Compaq [NYSE:CPQ], with
its recent efforts toward improving customer service and satisfaction,
has pulled away from the rest of the pack and stands alone with rival
Dell. Dell & Compaq are also virtually tied in the number of sample respondents,
as one would expect given their close position in the U.S. desktop PC
market. This is good news for Compaq - it continues to build market share,
growing at "only" 19% annually. [For a broader overview of the desktop
market, please see TEC's article Desktop
PC's: Meet the New Boss.]
[NYSE:GTW] & Hewlett Packard [NYSE:HWP] continue to trail U.S. market
leaders Compaq & Dell. HP has been red-hot in the desktop market lately,
pulling away from Gateway in unit sales. HP's lead over Gateway in customer
satisfication, while not as significant, is gaining momentum. HP also
continues to win market share from IBM [NYSE:IBM].
U.S. Desktop PC Market Forecast, 2000
IBM trails the rest of the Big Five in customer satisfaction. This is
consistent with IBM's ongoing scale-back of retail desktop PC operations.
IBM needs to stabilize its remaining customer base if it intends to remain
a force in the market.
There are a few messages here worth repeating. First - Dell is #1 in customer
satisfaction, and has been for a while.
Compaq, despite recent woes, is far from down and out. Compaq has put
considerable efforts to improving its scores here during the last year.
Existing Compaq customers should feel better about not jumping ship.
HP is poised to continue its rise in customer satisfaction, at IBM's expense,
just as it has in overall PC sales. IBM shops should consider HP as an
alternative source for desktop PCs.