Top 10 Cloud Apps

Posted January 8, 2018 By  Cynthia Harvey

The cloud app market has become big business — and, like the cloud computing market itself, it's getting bigger all the time. According to Gartner, software as a service (SaaS) revenue will likely hit $58.6 billion this year, a 21 percent year-over-year increase. "Final data for 2016 shows that software as a service (SaaS) revenue was far greater in 2016 than expected, reaching $48.2 billion," stated Sid Nag, research director at Gartner. "SaaS is also growing faster in 2017 than previously forecast, leading to a significant uplift in the entire public cloud revenue forecast."

And according to IDC, SaaS is currently the largest segment in the public cloud, accounting for 68.7 percent of the total. By comparison, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) accounts for 17.8 percent of the market, and platform as a service (PaaS) accounts for 13.6 percent.

"Businesses now think 'cloud first' when it comes to their IT strategy and software footprint, since the benefits of cloud are clear and have been broadly demonstrated in most industries," said Eric Newmark, a program vice president at IDC.

Clearly, cloud apps have become extremely popular, especially with business users. But which cloud apps are people using the most?

The slideshow that follows highlights ten of the most popular SaaS applications, based on their user numbers, growth, revenue and dominance of their markets.

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