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Top pure-play software and programming companies globally 2017-2020, by sales

Microsoft was the largest software and programming company worldwide by net sales from 2017 to 2020. In that year, Microsoft’s sales revenue reached 138.6 billion U.S. dollars. Oracle and SAP ranked in distant second and third places, earning 39.8 and 31.1 billion U.S. dollars respectively.

Enterprise Software Industry

In 2019, the IT spending on enterprise software amounted to 458 billion U.S. dollars worldwide. 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. However, due to the negative economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the market is expected to witness a decline in 2020 with projected revenue of just 426 billion U.S. dollars, down from the earlier forecast of 503 billion.

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 41.16 billion U.S. dollars in its 2018 financial year. Intelligence cloud, another highly prolific segment, brought in a further 39 billion U.S. dollars in that year.

Largest software and programming companies worldwide by sales revenue from 2017 to 2020

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2017 to 2020

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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