5 Tech Giants to Buy Now

These reliable companies will benefit as businesses upgrade to become more efficient.

Corporations are starting to emerge from their bunkers. Now that the economy has stabilized, the companies still standing can move from worrying about their survival to thinking about retooling for the slog ahead. Businesses will need to become leaner to thrive through a long period of tepid economic growth.

One way for businesses to become more efficient is to upgrade their technology, and when they do, the five companies described below should benefit immensely. These steady Eddies cover all the bases of corporate information-technology spending, and they are well positioned not only to capitalize from a near-term pickup, but also to expand their core businesses over time. (In case you’re wondering, Apple didn’t make the cut because of its strong consumer orientation. And we left Microsoft off the list because of questions about its long-term direction -- particularly whether its line of defense against Google will hold.)

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Elizabeth Leary
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Elizabeth Leary (née Ody) first joined Kiplinger in 2006 as a reporter, and has held various positions on staff and as a contributor in the years since. Her writing has also appeared in Barron's, BloombergBusinessweek, The Washington Post and other outlets.