So just how do we go about finding and ranking the top e-business innovators for the eWeek FastTrack 500?So just how do we go about finding and ranking the top e-business innovators for the eWeek FastTrack 500? Basically, we look at the two things that all e-businesses have in common: the Web sites through which they connect with customers, suppliers and partners and the internal IT resources they rely on to keep e-business humming.
We begin by looking at each FastTrack 500 candidate companys IT architecture. We identify key technologies that we believe reflect IT innovation. Among them this year: customer relationship management software, Web-based collaboration software, business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce applications, and high levels of networking bandwidth per employee. We then work with a partner, Harte-Hanks Market Intelligence, of La Jolla, Calif., to determine which enterprises in North America have the highest concentrations of those technologies. We do that by scanning through HHMIs extensive database of information technologies deployed at 260,000 enterprise sites.