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 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.

The top 10 companies in terms of market capitalization in the 2019 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 118.2 2019 946.5 Redmond, WA, US
2 United States Oracle 39.6 2019 186.3 Redwood City, CA, US
3 Germany SAP 29.1 2019 134.9 Walldorf, DE
4 United States Adobe Inc. 9.5 2019 132 San Jose, CA, US
5 United States Salesforce 13.3 2019 120.9 San Francisco, CA, US
6 United States VMware 9.0 2019 77.2 Palo Alto, CA, US
7 United States Intuit 6.4 2019 66.8 Palo Alto, CA, US
8 United States ServiceNow 2.6 2019 42.9 Santa Clara, CA, US
9 United States Workday 2.8 2019 41.7 Pleasanton, CA, US
10 France Dassault Systèmes 4.1 2019 39.2 Vélizy-Villacoublay, France

All values listed in the table are in billion US$.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The World's Biggest Public Companies, Software/Programming". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-01-14.

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