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Industry Building Blocks (IBB) provides:  
       1. Industry information for the top 16,000 global industries*.
       2. Line-of-business analysis for thousands of companies. 

IBB - when precision matters [TM]
Finding good industry analysis information at the line-of-business (Michael Porter five forces) level is not easy because:
  • Most information vendors are dependent on government-developed industry classification systems like NAICS, SIC and ISIC
  • Most companies do not provide information at the line-of-business level. 
The #1 rationale for using IndustryBuildingBlocks.com is if you want access to line-of-business information.  Industry Building Blocks is the first company to define the global economy at the line of business (Michael Porter five forces) level. All of our  proprietary information is developed through research and analysis (and then input by hand) because companies rarely report information at the line-of-business level. All company information is 'normalized' using our Industry Building Blocks Classification System [TM].  The IBB industry database is used as the foundation for the Industry Graph. To read  more: http://discoverypatterns.com/assets/IndustryGraph20131014.pdf

You can view examples of our company line-of-business analyses in our LinkedIn group: Corporate Planning, Strategy & Strategic Market Segmentation with over 28,000 members.

In contrast to the NAICS 2012 version of 1,066 "industries" (which we believe are really industry groups) - we define and analyze industries at the correct level for developing a five forces analysis, which is the best level for making corporate and business unit decisions.  If you understand that paper towels and paper napkins are distinct, multi-billion dollar industries each deserving their own five forces analysis, then you understand the IBB (and Michael Porter five forces) process for defining industry boundaries. In our development of the IBB database, research shows that the top 16,000 industries make up over 99% of the global economy; and the average Global 500 company competes in just under 30 lines of business.**
 
The 16,000 industry building blocks in our database are analyzed and defined using the following template for each industry: 
Industry Name & Brief Industry Definition
Industry Revenue & Growth Estimates for Five Years (2014 - 2018) · 
Industry Five Forces information
1.    Industry Competitors
- Industry Competitors by Top Corporate Parent
- Industry Competitors by Immediate Parent
- Industry Competitors by Brand
2.    Industry Potential Entrants 
3.    Industry Customers
4.    Industry Substitutes
5.    Industry Vendor Types
Industry Product & Service Segments
Industry Customer Segments
Industry Channel Segments
Industry Complements
Customer Decision Makers
Customer Purchase Criteria
End Users
Distribution Channel Purchase Criteria
Industry Trends
Economic Trends related to this industry
Geopolitical Trends related to this industry
Technology Trends related to this industry
Industry Uncertainties
Industry Success Factors
Industry Social Responsibilities / Opportunities for Creating Shared value
Industry Keywords (which can be used with pattern recognition systems like NewsPatterns.com)
Additional industry-specific information
Cross-References to Other Industry Taxonomies
-          Cross-reference to NAICS codes
-          Cross-reference to SIC codes
-          Cross-reference to the UN's ISIC codes
 

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*The actual number of industries as of December 12, 2014 was 16,255. You can view a sample industry analysis report (or view sample industry dashboard report as used in TIBCO business intelligence system: read TIBCO article) or go directly to "Subscribe" tab to view subscription pricing.

**We have observed that global IT companies, as well as healthcare, chemical, and motion and control products companies, typically compete in the most number of strategically relevant industries. IBM competes in more industries than any other company in the world, even though they are not the biggest company nor even the biggest IT company.  

 
Some example companies and the number of lines of business in which they compete based on our analysis and use of the IBBCS:
 
3M (82)
A Schulman Inc (28)
Accenture (88)
Aetna (30)
Allstate Corporation (35)
Amazon.com (35)
Apple (36)
AT&T (39)
Axa (32)
AztraZeneca (25)
Avon (31)
BASF (182)
Cabot Corporation (21)
Caterpillar (228)
Catlin Group (38)
Clariant (77)
Deere & Company (98)
Dell (102)
Dow Chemical (89)
DSM (46)
EMC (123)
Fiat Group (121)
Fujitsu (134)
General Electric (181)
General Mills (60)
Haier Group (83)
HP (339)
IBM (651)
JPMorgan (93)
Kraft Foods (71)
Koch Industries (95)
Macy’s Inc (5)
MetLife (67)
Microsoft (182)
Nestle (54)
News Corporation (74)
Oracle (221)
Oshkosh Truck Corporation (21)
Parker Hannifin (377)
Procter & Gamble (178)
PepsiCo (62)
Pfizer (71)
PolyOne Corporation (19)
Qualcomm Incorporated (41)
Seagate (24)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLC (22)
UnitedHealth Group (17)
VF Corporation (26)
Volvo Group (68)
Welch Allyn (64)
Whirlpool (49)
 
To view a list of many of the companies in the IBB database, view IBB Company List