Computers would be quite useless without programs that put the physical hardware into practical use. These programs and data can be summarized as software. Software developers, therefore, belong to the most important components in the general tech and computer industry. The types of software can vary quite a lot and for example include software for entertainment, business, or security purposes. The following ranks the updated Top 10 Largest software companies in the world in 2023. It is based solely on the software revenues a company has generated, either by itself or through its subsidiaries.
Note: While technically also software companies, Gaming companies are not included in this ranking of the ten largest software companies in the world. Click the following for the ranking of the Top 10 Biggest Video Game Companies in the world.
The Top 10 Largest Software Companies in the World 2023
With software sales of $149.7 billion, the nonplus-ultra of the software industry remains Microsoft. The company was founded in 1975 by co-founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates. Originally based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the American software giant is now headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA. Microsoft offers a huge choice of software for many purposes. Its best-known and most popular franchise product is the operating system software ‘Windows‘, which powers close to a billion computers worldwide. It is by far the most used operating system in the world.
Aside from Windows, Microsoft also offers the world’s most popular and most widely used productivity software through its ‘Office‘ franchise. And these are only the most commonly known Windows products out there. Not really a surprise, therefore, that Microsoft continues to dominate the worldwide software market.
Oracle is the second-largest software company in the world. The American company, based in Redwood City, California, right in Silicon Valley, is the globally leading provider of Enterprise software as well as Software as a Service (SaaS). The company was founded in 1977 by co-founders Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates. Oracle software is primarily used in the business fields of Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Human Capital Management (HCM), and Supply Chain Management (SCM).
SAP (“Systems, Applications & Products”) is the only company among the Top 10 software companies that is not American. The German company is the third-largest software company in the world and the largest one in Europe. The company was founded in 1972 by five German former IBM engineers. It is headquartered now in the small city of Walldorf, Baden-Wurttemberg in Southwestern Germany. The company focuses on Enterprise software as well as providing Software as a Service (SaaS) to its worldwide clients. SAP is especially well known for its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, where the German company is the worldwide market leader.
Salesforce.com is the fourth largest software company in the world. The company was founded in 1999 by four former Oracle executives. Salesforce.com is an American company based in San Francisco, California. Its main focus lies on Enterprise software, specifically in the area of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, where Salesforce is the global leader.
IBM, or International Business Machines, is among the oldest still active tech companies in existence. Nowadays the company specializes in branches of the future such as artificial intelligence. Within the company’s software branch, IBM has managed to become a global leader in the development of cloud and cognition software.
Fiserv is also among the Top 10 of the world’s largest software companies. The Wisconsin-based company develops software for the financial industry. Fiserv’s clients therefore mainly include banks, security brokerages, and credit unions, but also corporations, small businesses, and so on.
New Jersey-based ADP, or Automatic Data Processing, is another global leader in the enterprise software segment. The company primarily specializes in human resource and payroll and tax management software.
Adobe is known for its many software products in the graphics design, web design, and video editing branches. It is a worldwide leading developer in each of these product segments. The San Jose, California-based company is perhaps best known for the graphics editing software series Photoshop.
VMware comes in ninth place among the ten largest software companies in the world. VMware focuses on and is the global leader in virtualization software. Through its ‘ESXi‘ operating system-like hypervisor / virtual machine, the company also serves the enterprise software segment.
Broadcom is primarily a leading manufacturer of semiconductors. Through its acquisition of software companies CA Technologies as well as NortonLifeLock (previously known as Symantec), the American company based in San Jose, California is also involved in the software business. Broadcom now offers Enterprise software, Security software, and Infrastructure software. This wide range of different software types allowed Broadcom to become one of the Top 10 largest software companies in the world.
The 10 Largest Software Companies in the World 2023
(Last Update: March 2023)
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Worldwide software sales: $149.7 billion
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Worldwide software sales: $16.5 billion
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Top 10 largest software companies in the world by most current software sales numbers.
While technically also software, video games are not counted here.