IBM (NYSE: IBM) ranks fifth in gross operating margin among information technology consulting and other services, according to SmarTrend.

Big Blue, which employs some 10,000 people in the Triangle area, has a gross margin of 45.3 percent with sales growing 3 percent over the last year, SmarTrend says.

Research firms Forrester and Gartner rank first and second respectively at 62.5 percent and 57.5 percent.

Teradata, a partner with Cary-based SAS, ranks third at 57.1 percent.

China Information Security Technology in fourth at 48.1 percent.

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