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$) FY Market cap (B$)
1 United States Apple Inc. 229.2 2018 1000 Cupertino, CA, US
2 South Korea Samsung Electronics 211.9 2017 284 Suwon, South Korea
3 United States Amazon.com $177.8 2017 881 Seattle, WA, US
4 Taiwan Foxconn $154.7 2017 66 New Taipei City, Taiwan
5 United States Alphabet Inc. $110.8 2017 834 Mountain View, CA, US
6 United States Microsoft $89.9 2017 825 Redmond, WA, US
7 China Huawei $89.3 2017 N/A (Private) Shenzhen, China
8 Japan Hitachi $84.5 2017 32 Tokyo, Japan
9 United States IBM $79.1 2017 134 Armonk, NY, US
10 United States Dell Technologies $78.6 2017 N/A (Private) Round Rock, TX, US

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

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