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The technology sector relates to industries involved in researching, developing, and distributing technologically-based goods and services.

While pretty much anything made by a human being or machine could be described as technology in a wide sense, this portion of our guide is for industries revolving around the manufacture of electronics, the creation of software, computers, or products and services associated with information technology.

There may be some overlap with some of the categories in our Computers & Internet topic tree but, although some of the better-known computer and software companies are referenced in that area, it largely deals with the software or the hardware itself, rather than the industries. This category is more focused on the industries involved, rather than the product. Companies whose products are marketed globally could be listed in both areas.

Retail sale sites should be in the appropriate Shopping & eCommerce category.

A large portion of the technology sector is made up of companies that are engaged in developing new technology related to electronic devices, including Internet and cloud-based products, as well as physical products for consumers and other companies. Some of these companies develop software for the Internet, computer applications, database management, or home entertainment, as well as data processing, technology consulting, and outsourced services.

Companies manufacturing and distributing computers, computer equipment, and communications equipment are part of the technology sector, as well as those producing the microchips that are used in smartphones, cars, and other applications.

Other companies depend on the technology sector for innovations and improvements to the technology they use in their businesses, such as enterprise software, logistics systems, databases, and others.

Companies that focus largely on the research and development, manufacturing, and support of computing, telecommunications, and consumer electronics products, including digital electronics, new energy, optics, and Internet-related services are the backbone of the technology sector.

As of 2020, the ten largest technology companies were Apple, Samsung, Foxconn, Alphabet, Microsoft, Huawei, Dell, Hitachi, IBM, and Sony. Amazon has higher revenues than Apple, but its primary focus is retail, although it is also involved in technology.

Information technology refers to the use of computers to communicate, transfer data, and process information. Today, IT is used by everyone from global corporations, to one-person businesses, and individuals in their homes. Global corporations use IT to manage data and innovate their processes, while even flea market sellers use smartphone credit card readers to process payments.

Information technology includes analytics, automation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, communications, cybersecurity, database management, infrastructure, Internet of Things, machine learning, maintenance and repair, networking, robotics, software and application development, and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA).

As already mentioned, there will be some overlap between this category and some of our other categories. Where another category would be more specific to the topic of the online resource, the more specific category would be the best choice.



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