Microsoft, Oracle, IBM still rule enterprise software: But look out, here comes the cloud

Cloud company Salesforce.com makes it into the ranking of the top 10 enterprise software companies for the first time.
Written by Steve Ranger, Global News Director

While tech giants such as Microsoft, Oracle and IBM still account for the lion's share of enterprise software revenues, the cloud is having a major impact on how the industry looks.

Worldwide software revenue totalled $407.3bn last year, a 4.8 percent increase from 2012 revenues of $388.5bn according to figures from analyst Gartner, which said the software industry is in the middle of a "multiyear cyclical transition".

Microsoft continues to be the unquestionable enterprise software giant, its $65.7bn in revenue more than double that of its nearest rival Oracle, which this year narrowly overtook IBM ($29.6bn in revenue versus $29.1bn). Gartner said Oracle's strong showing was thanks to trends such as big data and analytics.

The software market has been changing shape over the past five years, and cloud is driving the bulk of this change, said Joanne Correia, research vice president at Gartner, as big software vendors buy or build the technology to support their customers' cloud and the Internet of Things projects.

Top 10 Worldwide Software Vendors, Worldwide, 2012-2013

Rank 2013 Rank 2012 Vendor 2013 Revenue ($bn) 2012 Revenue ($bn) Growth %
1 1 Microsoft 65.7 62.0 6
2 3 Oracle 29.6 28.7 3.4
3 2 IBM 29.1 28.7 1.4
4 4 SAP 18.5 16.9 9.5
5 5 Symantec 6.4 6.4 -0.8
6 6 EMC 5.6 5.4 4.9
7 7 HP 4.9 5.0 -2.7
8 9 VMware 4.8 4.2 14.1
9 8 CA Technologies 4.2 4.3 -2.6
10 12 Salesforce.com 3.8 2.9 33.3

Source - Gartner April 2014

"A clear indicator of this is that for the first time we have a pure cloud vendor in the top 10," she said.

Salesforce.com with $3.8bn in revenue during 2013, climbed two positions to capture the number ten slot in the worldwide enterprise software market.

While its revenues are little more than six percent of those of Microsoft, the cloud company is by far the fastest growing of the top 10, clocking up a 33.3 percent increase in revenue between 2012 and 2013. Gartner said it has also moved into the top five for overall application revenue.

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