In the past, traditional software companies produced programs that it placed on discs and sold to consumers who then installed the programs on their own machines. Software companies today operate on many different business models and provide a wide array of products and services. These include software license sales, maintenance services, subscription fees, and other support services.
This article lists the top companies deriving revenue from software. Some of the companies are software focused while others derive their primary revenue from other areas while also selling software.
Microsoft : The world leader in software companies, Microsoft continues to maintain its dominance with total revenues of $77.85 billion in 2013. Of this, $65.7 billion, or 84 percent, was from its software stream. Microsoft’s software revenues exceed those of its next two competitors combined.
Oracle : Oracle surpassed IBM in 2013 to gain the number two spot in software revenues. Its software revenues were $29.7 billion in 2013, out of a total revenue of $34.74 billion.
International Business Machines (IBM): The large conglomerate offers a wide range of products and services, including both hardware and software. It consistently derives 25 to 30 percent of revenue from software. Of the total revenue of $99.75 billion for 2013, software contributed $29.1 billion.
SAP : The Germany-based multinational software giant generated $18.9 billion in revenue from its software stream, out of the total revenue of $22.87 billion. Software represents 83 percent of its business. (SAP’s official report gives revenues in euros. For this article, we converted euros to U.S. dollars using the December 31, 2013 exchange rate of 1.36.)
BMC Software: It is a business services management software company that was founded in 1980. The company’s headquarters is located in Houston, Texas, United States and its annual revenue is approximately $2.17 billion.
Symantec : Nasdaq-listed Symantec, the global leader in software security solutions, generated $6.4 billion in software revenue from total revenues of $6.9 billion.
EMC (EMC): NYSE-listed EMC takes the number six spot with $5.6 billion of software revenues out of total revenues of $23.2 billion. (EMC also owns the software company VMWare which is number eight on this list. The companies are listed as separate entities on the New York Stock Exchange. For that reason, this list treats EMC and VMWare as two separate entities.)
Amadeus IT Group: Is a major Spanish IT Provider for the global travel and tourism industry. The parent company of Amadeus IT Group, holding over 99.7% of the firm, is Amadeus IT Holding S.A. It is listed on the Spanish stock exchanges as of 29 April 2010 and trades under the symbol AMS. For the year ended 31 December 2012, the company reported revenues of €2.910 billion and EBITDA of €1.108 billion.
Adobe Systems: Is an American multinational computer software company. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California, United States. Adobe has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products, with a more recent foray towards rich Internet application software development. It is best known for Photoshop, an image editing software, Acrobat Reader, the Portable Document Format (PDF) and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as its successor Adobe Creative Cloud.
Fiserv: Is a US provider of financial services technology. The company’s clients include banks, thrifts, credit unions, securities broker dealers, leasing and finance companies, and retailers, among others. Fiserv reported total revenue of $5.51 billion in 2016
Hewlett-Packard: The global giant is mainly known for printing products and solutions. From its total revenue of $112.298 billion, it derived just $4.9 billion from software. Although this is a small percentage of Hewlett‑Packard’s total revenues, it still makes the company the seventh largest software company.
VMWare: VMWare, owned by EMC, remains separately listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Its software stream revenues for 2013 were $4.8 billion, out of total revenues of $ 5.2 million. If the software revenues of EMC and VMWare considered together, the company would be the fifth largest software company in the world.
Ericsson: Is a multinational networking and telecommunications company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
Nintendo: Is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics and video game company headquartered in Kyoto. Nintendo is one of the world’s largest video game companies by market capitalization, creating some of the best-known and top-selling video game franchises, such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon.
CA Technologies: Nasdaq-listed CA Technologies has $4.2 billion from its software stream, out of total revenues of $4.643 billion.
Salesforce.com: Ironically, the NYSE-listed salesforce.com promotes itself with the motto, “No Software.” The company sells software through the software-as-a-service model. In 2013, it saw $3.8 billion in revenues from software, out of total revenues of $4.07 billion.
Amazon Web Services, owned by Amazon.com, Inc. : This cloud computing company may be just a spoke of the giant wheel that is Amazon, but this spoke is one of the tech giant’s fastest growing units. By fast growth, we mean 69.7% enterprise software revenue growth year-over-year to $7.88 billion in 2015. Not bad for a side project that started just over a decade ago.
Capgemini: Is a French multinational management consulting corporation headquartered in Paris, France. Cap Gemini S.A. is a French multinational management consulting corporation. Market Capitalization of Capgemini is $ 13.8 B.
Intuit: The company is headquartered in Mountain View, CA, United States. Its annual revenue is approximately $4.2 billion while its market capitalization is about $5.1 billion.