Avnet, Inc. is one of the world's largest B2B distributors of semiconductors, interconnect, passive and electromechanical components, enterprise network and computer equipment, and embedded subsystems from leading manufacturers. Serving customers in 68 countries, Avnet markets, inventories, and adds value to these products and provides supply chain management and engineering services. Avnet is uniquely positioned to serve the needs of the world's leading high-technology companies. The company's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with the quality, depth, and breadth of its knowledge and relationships, assures customers and suppliers that they have chosen the right partner to help them succeed. Avnet's global scope and economies of scale, talented employees and commitment to value-based management ensure that it will continue to be a leader in the technology industry.
Catholic Healthcare West, headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada. Founded in 1986, CHW is the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services in a compassionate environment that is attuned to every patient's physical, mental and spiritual needs. The CHW network of nearly 7,500 physicians and approximately 40,000 employees provides quality health care services during more than four million patient visits annually. In 2004, CHW provided more than $566 million in community benefit and free care for the poor.
Cisco Systems, Inc. is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Today, networks are an essential part of business, education, government and home communications, and Cisco Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of these networks. Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create Internet solutions that allow individuals, companies, and countries to increase productivity, improve customer satisfaction and strengthen competitive advantage. The Cisco name has become synonymous with the Internet, as well as with the productivity improvements that Internet business solutions provide. At Cisco, our vision is to change the way people work, live, play and learn. Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University. Since the company's inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. This tradition of IP innovation continues with industry-leading products in the core areas of routing and switching
For over 35 years, Intel Corporation has developed technology enabling the computer and Internet revolution that has changed the world. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971. Today, Intel supplies the computing and communications industries with chips, boards, systems, and software building blocks that are the "ingredients" of computers, servers and networking and communications products. These products are used by industry members to create advanced computing and communications systems. Intel's mission is to do a great job for our customers, employees, and stockholders by being the preeminent building block supplier to the worldwide digital economy.
IBM is aligned around a single, focused business model: innovation. IBM takes its breadth and depth of insight on issues, processes and operations across a variety of industries, and invents and applies technology to help solve its clients' most intractable business and competitive problems. Although IBM remains committed, as ever, to lead the development of state-of-the-art technologies, and the products and service offerings built around them, they measure themselves today by how well they help clients solve their biggest and most pressing problems.