This morning, a press release came to my inbox from Analog Devices saying, "[T]he company has been named as one of the world's most innovative companies according to the Thomson Reuters 2013 Top 100 Global Innovator program." In fact, ADI has won the award three times.
Having been around Analog Devices for most of my career -- I actually worked for ADI right after completing college -- I don't question that the company's worthiness of such an award. ADI is in some good company, too, as others on the Top 100 include Altera, Oracle, TE Connectivity, and Xilinx. Sadly, however, the list was void of any test-equipment companies. We all know that there's plenty of innovation in test equipment. After all, how can the companies on the list even have confidence that their products work without testing them?
The Thomson Reuters list does have one former test-equipment company on the list: Hewlett-Packard. Really? When the time came to buy a printer earlier this year, I barely even looked at HP. Yes, there was a time when HP was my first choice because the company once made some high-quality products. I'm not even talking about test equipment. You see, I have an HP LaserJet 4P that still runs perfectly after 18 years. It just needs toner once in a while. Actually, that's the problem. The printer will likely outlast the availability of toner. HP no longer manufactures the model 74A toner cartridge.
Getting back to test equipment, we really don’t need Thomson Reuters anyway. After all, what do they know about test? That's why we have our own Best-in-Test awards, and nominations are now open.
What do you think of industry awards in general?