• Global ranking scores 50 Future-Ready Economies that have a foundation for prosperity and growth  
  • Dell believes that embracing technology and empowering entrepreneurs will help propel cities into the future
  • Economies and businesses can become more Future Ready through technology, innovation and collaboration

Dell today recognized 50 cities around the world for embracing technology to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing and globalized future. This ranking, the Dell Future- Ready Economies Model, scores large, high-growth global metropolitan areas based on attributes that enable people and organizations to access new tools and new ideas that deliver better connectivity, better economic performance – and a greater ability to attract talent. By examining the attributes of these communities, Dell can help public as well as private organizations become more Future Ready by identifying policies and technology strategies that will foster growth.

The cities positioned in the Global 50 ranking were evaluated along three dimensions:

  • Human capital: A Future-Ready Economy has people equipped with the right skills to drive meaningful social and economic change.
  • Infrastructure: A Future-Ready Economy has the infrastructure necessary to support the people, businesses, and technology that enable progress over time.
  • Commerce: A Future-Ready Economy provides sustained opportunities for businesses to accelerate innovation, growth and profitability.

“We live in a digital age in which the power of innovation to transform our world is all around us,” said Liz Matthews, executive director, Corporate Brand and Purpose, Dell. “The cities where we live are faced with new challenges every day, from supporting a growing population and building a thriving culture, to fueling economic opportunity for everyone. By understanding Future-Ready Economies and their attributes, cities, businesses and people can create policies and strategies that will enable them to prosper and achieve strong economic health.”

Research for the Dell Future-Ready Economies Model began during the 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit hosted by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University in September 2015 and is based on analysis conducted by economic data forecasting and analytics firm IHS. This is the second set of findings from the Dell Future-Ready Economies Model – the first, released in October 2015, scored 25 Future-Ready Economies in the United States. Both allow public and private community leaders to compare their own strengths to those of other regional economies nationally and globally.

“Backed by insights from experts in the public sector, technology firms, the start-up community and higher education, we developed a methodology to evaluate the degree to which city economies are Future Ready. These ratings will enable cities to take actions that will position them to capitalize on opportunities for the future,” said James Diffley, senior director, IHS Economics. “Based on our research, I am confident that cities identified as Future-Ready Economies are poised to achieve high levels of growth in the coming years.”

The Future-Ready Ranking of 50 Global Economies:

  1. San Jose, Calif.
  2. San Francisco, Calif.
  3. Singapore
  4. London
  5. Washington, DC
  6. Boston, Mass.
  7. Austin, Texas
  8. Raleigh, N.C.
  9. Stockholm
  10. Sydney
  11. Toronto
  12. Seoul-Incheon
  13. Seattle, Wash.
  14. Denver, Colo.
  15. Portland, Ore.
  16. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  17. New York, N.Y.
  18. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
  19. Houston, Texas
  20. Atlanta, Ga.
  21. Charlotte, N.C.
  22. Chicago, Ill.
  23. Munich
  24. Beijing
  25. Hong Kong
  26. Paris
  27. Taipei
  28. Shanghai
  29. Louisville, Ky.
  30. Salt Lake City, Utah
  31. Guangzhou
  32. Tokyo
  33. Moscow
  34. Des Moines, Iowa
  35. Los Angeles, Calif.
  36. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  37. Columbus, Ohio
  38. Indianapolis, Ind.
  39. Milan
  40. Sao Paulo
  41. Buenos Aires
  42. San Antonio, Texas
  43. Orlando, Fla.
  44. Delhi
  45. Suzhou
  46. Istanbul
  47. Jakarta
  48. Tianjin
  49. Shenzhen
  50. Mexico City

Additional Resources

  • For additional information about the Dell Future-Ready Economies Model, please visit www.Dell.com/FutureReadyEconomies.
  • Join the conversation online with #FutureReadyEconomies. 

About the Dell Future-Ready Economies Model

The Dell Future-Ready Economies Model measures how well an economy enables its people and organizations to access new tools and new ideas that deliver better connections, better outcomes – and a better world. The Model was developed by IHS in partnership with Dell. Discover how changes in technology, commerce and human capital are shaping the future economy at www.Dell.com/FutureReadyEconomies.

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