List of the largest software companies

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Many lists exist that provide an overview of large software companies, often called "independent software vendors" ("ISVs"), in the world. The lists differ by methodology of composition and consequently show substantial differences in both listed companies and ranking of those companies.


Sales Annual revenue of company in USD billion in previous fiscal year
FY Company's current fiscal year
Market cap Market capitalization as of May 2013 in USD billion
Headquarters Location of company's headquarters
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Forbes Global 2000

The Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the top 2000 public companies in the world by Forbes magazine, based on a mix of four metrics: sales, profit, assets and market value. The Forbes list for software companies includes only pure play (or nearly pure play) software companies and excludes manufacturers, consumer electronics companies, conglomerates, IT consulting firms, and computer services companies even if they have large software divisions. For example, IBM would likely rank #3 in 2017 if its software business unit had been a separate company. The omission of more diversified firms can be useful to investors who are seeking either more or less exposure in the software sector.

The top 10 companies in the 2017 Forbes list for the "Software & Programming" industry are listed in the following table:[1]

Rank Organization Sales FY Market cap Headquarters
1 United States Microsoft 86.6 2017 407 Redmond, WA, US
2 United States Oracle 37.2 2017 168.9 Redwood City, CA, US
3 Germany SAP 23.2 2017 98.4 Walldorf, Germany
4 United States VMware 6.7 2017 24.7 Palo Alto, CA, US
5 United States Adobe Systems 5 2017 47.4 San Jose, CA, US
6 India HCL Technologies 5.9 2017 17.9 Noida, UP, India
7 United States Fiserv 5.3 2017 21.9 Brookfield, WI, US
8 United States 6.7 2017 51.9 San Francisco, CA, US
9 United States Symantec 5.4 2017 11.7 Mountain View, CA, US
10 Spain Amadeus IT Holdings 4.3 2017 19.6 Madrid, Spain

All values listed in the table are in billion US$, Forbes lists market capitalization as of February 2017.

See also


  1. "The World's Biggest Public Companies, Software/Programming". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-05-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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