10 biggest software companies

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Software vendors are part of the broader IT industry and offer products in one of four categories: programming services, system services, open source, and software as a service (SaaS). Software publishers generate revenue from software licenses, maintenance services, subscription fees, support services, etc. Using cloud technology, a growing field, customers now easily pay a regular subscription to immediately access software over the Internet on a vendor’s server. Software vendors are also among the world’s top developers of business solutions.

These are the 10 largest software companies by 12-month revenue. This list is limited to companies listed on stock exchanges in the United States or Canada, either directly or through ADR. Some companies outside the United States report earnings semi-annually instead of quarterly, so 12-month data may be older than for companies that report quarterly. Data courtesy of YCharts.com.Inasmuch asAll figures as of August 5, 2020.

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  • Revenue (TTM): $143.0 billion
  • Net income (TTM): $44.3 billion
  • Market cap: $1.6 trillion
  • Total return over 1 year: 57.7%
  • Stock exchange: NASDAQ

Microsoft sells a wide range of software and services. It provides office processing services for businesses and individuals through the Microsoft Office suite. As the world’s largest software company, Microsoft provides a host of operating systems, server applications, software development, and other products. It is also a leader in cloud enterprise technology and services, as well as a seller of video game consoles, digital music services, and more.

  • Revenue (TTM): $39.1 billion
  • Net income (TTM): $10.1 billion
  • Market cap: $171.9 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: 2.1%
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Oracle creates enterprise information management software for networked computers, personal digital assistants, PCs, workstations, mainframes, and other devices. Oracle’s products are designed for use in sales, service, marketing, finance, human resources, supply chain and manufacturing, and other areas. The company also provides cloud infrastructure and services.

  • Revenue (TTM): $31.1 billion
  • Net profit (TTM): $5.0 billion
  • Market cap: $191.3 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: 33.7%
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

SAP is a Germany-based multinational software company specializing in enterprise software. Among SAP’s products are business management and e-commerce tools, as well as a range of services that include training and business consulting on software management and integration.

  • Revenue (TTM): $18.2 billion
  • Net income (TTM): -0.2 billion dollars
  • Market cap: $181.5 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: 38.2%
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

The enterprise software company Salesforce.com offers customer relationship management software and services for business customers. Salesforce.com provides tools for marketing automation, customer service, operations, sales, and more. The company is best known for its technology platform that enables customers and developers to build and run business-related applications.

  • Revenue (TTM): $12.1 billion
  • Net income (TTM): $3.7 billion
  • Market cap: $214.4 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: 52.2%
  • Stock exchange: NASDAQ

Adobe specializes in software products used on all types of print and electronic media. The company is known for products such as Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud, among other media and creativity software products, as well as digital marketing tools.

  • Revenue (TTM): $11.3 billion
  • Net income (TTM): $6.3 billion
  • Market cap: $60.0 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: -11.9%
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

VMware is a cloud computing and virtualization software company specializing in products that address a wide range of information technology (IT) problems. VMware software is designed to address operational inefficiencies, business continuity issues, software lifecycle issues, and to provide general desktop management tools.

  • Revenue (TTM): $6.9 billion
  • Net income (TTM): $1.3 billion
  • Market cap: $81.0 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: 14.0%
  • Stock exchange: NASDAQ

Business and financial software company Intuit is best known for its QuickBooks accounting software and TurboTax tax preparation software. The Company’s products are designed for individuals, small businesses and accountants.

  • Revenue (TTM): $5.1 billion
  • Net income (TTM): $0.3 billion
  • Market cap: $60.1 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: 96.6%
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange

Square is a financial services and mobile payments software company. It sells point-of-sale software that enables merchants and customers to complete transactions quickly, providing tools for digital receipts, sales reports and inventory analysis.

  • Revenue (TTM): $4.8 billion
  • Net income (TTM): $0.6 billion
  • Market cap: $46.7 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: 19.9%
  • Exchange: OTC

The French company Dassault Systèmes is a subsidiary of the large Dassault group, a conglomerate best known for its efforts in the field of aviation and aerospace. Dassault Systèmes creates software for designing, simulating, and manufacturing 3D products, among other tasks.

  • Revenue (TTM): $4.7 billion
  • Net income (TTM): $0.5 billion
  • Market cap: $15.0 billion
  • Total return over 1 year: 29.4%
  • Stock exchange: NASDAQ

SS&C Technologies provides financial and investment software, including tools for wealth management accounting, insurance and pension fund administration, and more. The company’s main clients are in the financial services and healthcare industries.

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