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.

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Sales Annual revenue of company in USD billion in previous fiscal year
FY Company's current fiscal year
Market cap Market capitalization as of February 2017 in USD billion
Headquarters Location of company's headquarters
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Forbes Global 2000[edit]

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 (B$) FY Market cap (B$) Headquarters
1 United States Microsoft 85.3 2018 507.5 Redmond, WA, US
2 United States Alphabet 89.9 2018 579.5 Mountain View, CA, US
3 United States IBM 79.9 2018 162.4 Armonk, NY, US
4 United States Oracle 37.4 2018 182.2 Redwood City, CA, US
5 United States Facebook 27.6 2018 407.3 Menlo Park, CA, US
6 China Tencent 22.8 2018 277.1 Shenzhen, CN
7 Germany SAP 24.4 2018 119.7 Walldorf, DE
8 United States Accenture 35.7 2018 77.8 Dublin, IE
9 India TCS 19.08 2018 102.6 Mumbai, IN
10 China Baidu 10.6 2018 59.9 Beijing, CN

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

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