Red Hat rated #1 IT vendor in Japan

As if Red Hat needed one more accolade to go to its head...now the Japanese love the company, too!

I used to work for a large Japanese company. I know how particular Japanese customers can be. That's why it's impressive to see a US software vendor topping the list of Japan's preferred IT vendors. Even better that the company is an open-source vendor: Red Hat.

Nikkei did a survey of 800 IT buyers in Japan and Red Hat came out on top. Only Apple came close:

The survey evaluated 44 nominated vendors chosen by respondents. The top three respective vendors include Red Hat Japan with 27.5 percent of responses, Apple Japan with 25.6 percent and Willcom with 23.0 percent.

It's easy to get one customer to go on the record as saying you're great. It's much harder to convince 800 to do so. Or, at least, 220 of them.

Well done, Red Hat.

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