Top pure-play software and programming companies globally 2017-2019, by sales

Microsoft was the largest software and programming company worldwide by net sales from 2017 to 2019. In that year, Microsoft’s sales revenue reached 118.2 billion U.S. dollars. Oracle and SAP ranked in distant second and third places, earning 39.6 and 29.1 billion U.S. dollars respectively.

Enterprise Software Industry

In 2018, the IT spending on enterprise software amounted to 399 billion U.S. dollars worldwide. The industry is forecast to continuing growing, with revenue projection for 2020 reaching 462 billion U.S. dollars. The enterprise software market is the fastest-growing sector in the IT industry, in comparison to other segments such as IT services and data center systems. The market includes a wide range of applications such as human resource management (HRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), office suites, etc.

Microsoft Corporation

Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft has grown into one of the most successful tech firms in the world and has experienced years of continued success. Microsoft’s core business is its productivity and business process segment, from which the company generated 35.87 billion U.S. dollars in its 2018 financial year. Intelligence cloud, another highly prolific segment, brought in a further 32 billion U.S. dollars in that year.

Largest software and programming companies worldwide by sales revenue from 2017 to 2019

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

2017 to 2019

Special properties

Pure play or nearly pure play software companies*

Supplementary notes

The source includes only software-focused companies and excludes other companies such as manufacturers, consulting firms, and IT services vendors, even if they have large software departments. IBM, for example, would probably be among the top 10 companies in the world, if its software division were a separate company.

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