A Close Look at Research and Development in the last 5 years
The technology commentariat is very keen on speculating on the future of corporate giants. A day does not pass by without reading how corporate giants are at risk because of lack of adequate investment in research and development. Relying on age old devices and formulas, they stress, may save the day but will not save the future. Commenters emphasize that HP and Dell may continue to sell their popular laser printers and laptops, but they have to take R&D seriously to ensure success in the future. These commentaries are not unfounded but are not entirely accurate either. The above infographic can help interested parties with assessing if commenters have a valid point.
The illustration includes statistics on research and development spending made by the worldâ€™s technology giants. Microsoft leads the pack with $7,420,000,000 spent on research and development. Intel, IBM and Cisco follow suit with impressive totals. On the other hand, these numbers are not enough for making a healthy judgement on the recent and future success of a company. What matters the most is the â€˜real returnâ€™ of these numbers. The vital question is how many patents are actually coming out the Microsoftâ€™s R&D shop. Looking at the patent statistics, one sees that some giants are more successful in turning their R&D spending into real patents. IBM boasts a staggering 6104 patents for $6,153,000,000 spent on R&D whereas Microsoft is tellingly trailing.
To sum up, commenters should not be making quick generalizations using R&D spending figures. In order to comment fairly on a corporationâ€™s future and R&D, one must go beyond the total spending. The infographic has other interesting anecdotes and statistics and would be a fun read for any tech enthusiast.
The original infographic is located at neowin.net