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Top 12 SaaS Apps for Enterprises

  • Top 12 SaaS Apps for Enterprises

    Skyscrapers with clouds and airplance
    These cloud-based ERP, CRM, office productivity and other types of enterprise software power modern organizations.
  • 12. Acumatica

    12. Acumatica
    Acumatica describes itself as "a complete Cloud ERP solution for all your business management needs, including accounting, inventory management, CRM, and more." In a 2017 assessment, IDC ranked the company as a "Major Player" among mid-market SaaS ERP solutions, and Nucleus Research named the firm a "Leader" for usability.

    The company was founded in 2008 and is privately held. According to CrunchBase, it has raised $23.3 million in venture capital. And Acumatica's website reports that its revenue grew 100 percent in 2015, 93 percent in 2016, and 144 percent in 2017, making it the fastest-growing cloud ERP company.

    Image Source: Acumatica

  • 11. Box

    11. Box

    Formerly known as Box.net, Box offers cloud-based file sharing and content management for businesses. Essentially, it provides very similar capabilities as Dropbox, but with features designed for enterprise users. Those features include, for example, key management, data residency, and GDPR auditing features that allow enterprises to meet their compliance requirements. It also integrates with a lot of other enterprise apps, including G Suite, Office 365, Salesforce, Slack and many others. A recent Gartner Magic Quadrant report named Box a "Leader" among content collaboration platforms (CCPs).

    Box claims more than 80,000 global customers, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, P&G, and The GAP. For its fiscal 2018, the company reported $506.1 million in revenue, up 27 percent from the previous year.

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  • 10. Infor CloudSuite

    10. Infor CloudSuite

    Infor boasts that its CloudSuite serves 8,500 different customers and 71 million users. CloudSuite is actually a family of products rather than a single solution; the company offers industry-specific software designed for verticals like aerospace and defense, automotive, distribution, equipment rental, facilities management, fashion, food and beverage, hospitality, industrial machinery, manufacturing, the public sector, retail and more. And it also sells standalone SaaS products for human capital management (HCM), customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise asset management (EAM).

    CloudSuite runs on AWS and comes with 99.5 percent guaranteed server availability (with a 99.9 percent availability record). It also includes very strong security measures and promises to meet industry-specific compliance requirements

    In the company's most recent quarterly report, it said that its SaaS subscription revenues had increase 30.5 percent and that it "continued to see strong demand for our expanding CloudSuite portfolio."

    Image Source: Infor

  • 9. Workday

    9. Workday

    Workday, which does all of its business in the cloud, describes its flagship offering as an "ERP alternative" that unites financial management and HR capabilities. Its customers include HPE, Chiquita, Netflix, Ohio State University, Amazon, Bank of America, Best Western, Cornell University, Kohl's, Target, Thomson Reuters and many other companies.

    Founded in 2005, Workday went public in 2012. In its most recent financial report, the company announced that its SaaS subscription revenues had reached $490.0 million for the quarter, a 33.7 percent increase. For the year, its license subscriptions generation $1.8 billion, an increase of 38.5 percent.

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  • 8. Slack

    8. Slack

    Slack offers cloud-based collaboration software which has become extremely popular with enterprises, particularly with enterprise IT teams. It offers two versions of its core product: Slack for Teams (for smaller groups) and Slack Enterprise Grid (for large organizations). Its customers include Airbnb, CapitalOne, Harvard University, Los Angeles Times, Oracle, Ticketmaster, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Target, BBC and many others. And Gartner named the company a "Leader" in workstream collaboration software.

    Founded in 2013, Slack is one of the youngest companies in this slideshow, and it is not publicly traded. According to Crunchbase, the company has raised $790 million in venture funding.

    Image Source: Slack

  • 7. SAP Business ByDesign

    7. SAP Business ByDesign

    SAP has long been a leader in on-premise enterprise software, and now the company also offers a variety of cloud-based solutions as well. Its Business ByDesign is a SaaS ERP solution designed for medium-sized enterprises. Customers can choose to run the software in the public cloud or on a hosted private cloud. It includes modules for finance, CRM, HR, project management, procurement and supply chain management, as well as some industry-specific capabilities for various vertical markets. It boasts excellent scalability and security.

    For 2017, SAP reported that its SaaS and PaaS revenues for its Applications, Technology & Services unit, which includes Business ByDesign, totaled $1.6 billion.

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  • 6. Google G Suite

    6. Google G Suite

    Google's G Suite is a collection of cloud-based office productivity apps that includes Gmail (email), Docs (word processing), Sheets, (spreadsheets), Calendar, cloud file storage, Hangouts for collaboration and more. It comes in basic, business and enterprise versions, and all include a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee. The enterprise version also has advanced security and data loss protection capabilities to help organizations meet their compliance requirements. Customers that use G Suite include Whirlpool, Hamilton Beach, Gant, The Weather Company and many others.

    In its latest annual report, Google parent company Alphabet noted, “Google was a company built in the cloud and has been investing in infrastructure, security, data management, analytics, and AI from the very beginning. We have continued to enhance these strengths with features like data migration, modern development environments and machine learning tools to provide enterprise-ready cloud services, including Google Cloud Platform and G Suite, to our customers.”

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  • 5. Microsoft Dynamics 365

    5. Microsoft Dynamics 365

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based ERM and CRM solution with sales, service, finance and operations, talent and marketing capabilities. In its Magic Quadrant reports, Gartner positioned the solution as a "Leader" for both Sales Force Automation and CRM Customer Engagement Center. It comes in two different editions—Enterprise and Business—with several pricing tiers for each edition. Microsoft is also integrating Dynamics 365 with the LinkedIn business social network, which it owns.

    In his 2017 letter to shareholders, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote, "Dynamics 365 customers grew more than 40 percent year-over-year," and he added that the offering experienced 78 percent revenue growth. Altogether, Microsoft had $14.9 billion in cloud revenue for 2017, which included Dynamics 365, Office 365, Azure and other cloud solutions.

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  • 4. SAP S/4HANA Cloud

    4. SAP S/4HANA Cloud

    In addition to its Business ByDesign solution for mid-market companies, SAP also offers S/4HANA Cloud for larger enterprises. It runs on the company's HANA in-memory technology, which speeds performance. Customers have the option of deploying it as SaaS, on-premise, in a private cloud or in a hybrid cloud. It also incorporates the company's machine learning technology for advanced analytics capabilities. The SaaS version is priced per user, with different tiers for self-service, core and advanced users.

    SAP's most recent annual report said, "Today, with nearly 8,000 SAP S/4HANA customers, we are leading the market to 'intelligent ERP.'" It also pointed to the rapid growth of the cloud-based solution as one of its reasons for financial success.

    Image Source: SAP

  • 3. Oracle NetSuite

    3. Oracle NetSuite

    Founded in 1998, NetSuite is generally considered to be the first SaaS company. Oracle purchased the firm in 2016 and continues to utilize the NetSuite brand name. Used by more than 40,000 organizations worldwide, NetSuite calls itself the "#1 cloud ERP," and it also claims to reduce total cost of ownership by 50 percent compared to on-premise ERP solutions. The application includes ERP, CRM and ecommerce functionality.

    For the quarter ended November 30, 2017, Oracle reported $1.1 billion in revenue from cloud SaaS, including NetSuite, a 55 percent increase. CEO Mark Hurd said, "We expect to extend our lead by selling around $2 billion in new enterprise SaaS application cloud subscriptions over the coming four quarters. That's more new SaaS sales than any of our competitors."

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  • 2. Salesforce

    2. Salesforce

    Founded just a few months after NetSuite, Salesforce was another of the early enterprise SaaS pioneers. In the years since, it has experienced phenomenal growth, and in 2017, CEO Marc Benioff said the firm had become "the first enterprise cloud software company to break the $10 billion revenue run rate." It is the world's leading CRM solution, and it also offers solutions for service, marketing and ecommerce. Recently, the company has begun incorporating machine learning capabilities into its SaaS applications, in the form of its Einstein AI technology.

    In its fiscal 2018 report, Salesforce announced subscription and support revenues of $9.71 billion, a 25 percent year-over-year increase. It expects a 20 percent growth in revenue for the current fiscal year.

    Image Source: Salesforce

  • 1. Office 365

    1. Office 365

    With more than 127 million users, Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most popular applications of any kind. It is a cloud-based office productivity suite that comes in home, small business, enterprise and education editions. It includes several applications, such as Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets) PowerPoint (presentations) and Outlook (email), that are nearly ubiquitous among enterprise and small business users.

    In its 2017 annual report, Microsoft reported that Office 365 increased its revenue from commercial subscribers by 46 percent. The report also noted that Office 365 helped to contribute to a 5 percent improvement in its commercial cloud gross margins.

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Top 12 SaaS Apps for Enterprises

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  • Skyscrapers with clouds and airplance

    Top 12 SaaS Apps for Enterprises

    These cloud-based ERP, CRM, office productivity and other types of enterprise software power modern organizations.
  • 12. Acumatica

    12. Acumatica

    Acumatica describes itself as "a complete Cloud ERP solution for all your business management needs, including accounting, inventory management, CRM, and more." In a 2017 assessment, IDC ranked the company as a "Major Player" among mid-market SaaS ERP solutions, and Nucleus Research named the firm a "Leader" for usability.

    The company was founded in 2008 and is privately held. According to CrunchBase, it has raised $23.3 million in venture capital. And Acumatica's website reports that its revenue grew 100 percent in 2015, 93 percent in 2016, and 144 percent in 2017, making it the fastest-growing cloud ERP company.

    Image Source: Acumatica

  • 11. Box

    11. Box

    Formerly known as Box.net, Box offers cloud-based file sharing and content management for businesses. Essentially, it provides very similar capabilities as Dropbox, but with features designed for enterprise users. Those features include, for example, key management, data residency, and GDPR auditing features that allow enterprises to meet their compliance requirements. It also integrates with a lot of other enterprise apps, including G Suite, Office 365, Salesforce, Slack and many others. A recent Gartner Magic Quadrant report named Box a "Leader" among content collaboration platforms (CCPs).

    Box claims more than 80,000 global customers, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, P&G, and The GAP. For its fiscal 2018, the company reported $506.1 million in revenue, up 27 percent from the previous year.

    Image Source: Box

  • 10. Infor CloudSuite

    10. Infor CloudSuite

    Infor boasts that its CloudSuite serves 8,500 different customers and 71 million users. CloudSuite is actually a family of products rather than a single solution; the company offers industry-specific software designed for verticals like aerospace and defense, automotive, distribution, equipment rental, facilities management, fashion, food and beverage, hospitality, industrial machinery, manufacturing, the public sector, retail and more. And it also sells standalone SaaS products for human capital management (HCM), customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise asset management (EAM).

    CloudSuite runs on AWS and comes with 99.5 percent guaranteed server availability (with a 99.9 percent availability record). It also includes very strong security measures and promises to meet industry-specific compliance requirements

    In the company's most recent quarterly report, it said that its SaaS subscription revenues had increase 30.5 percent and that it "continued to see strong demand for our expanding CloudSuite portfolio."

    Image Source: Infor

  • 9. Workday

    9. Workday

    Workday, which does all of its business in the cloud, describes its flagship offering as an "ERP alternative" that unites financial management and HR capabilities. Its customers include HPE, Chiquita, Netflix, Ohio State University, Amazon, Bank of America, Best Western, Cornell University, Kohl's, Target, Thomson Reuters and many other companies.

    Founded in 2005, Workday went public in 2012. In its most recent financial report, the company announced that its SaaS subscription revenues had reached $490.0 million for the quarter, a 33.7 percent increase. For the year, its license subscriptions generation $1.8 billion, an increase of 38.5 percent.

    Image Source: Workday

  • 8. Slack

    8. Slack

    Slack offers cloud-based collaboration software which has become extremely popular with enterprises, particularly with enterprise IT teams. It offers two versions of its core product: Slack for Teams (for smaller groups) and Slack Enterprise Grid (for large organizations). Its customers include Airbnb, CapitalOne, Harvard University, Los Angeles Times, Oracle, Ticketmaster, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Target, BBC and many others. And Gartner named the company a "Leader" in workstream collaboration software.

    Founded in 2013, Slack is one of the youngest companies in this slideshow, and it is not publicly traded. According to Crunchbase, the company has raised $790 million in venture funding.

    Image Source: Slack

  • 7. SAP Business ByDesign

    7. SAP Business ByDesign

    SAP has long been a leader in on-premise enterprise software, and now the company also offers a variety of cloud-based solutions as well. Its Business ByDesign is a SaaS ERP solution designed for medium-sized enterprises. Customers can choose to run the software in the public cloud or on a hosted private cloud. It includes modules for finance, CRM, HR, project management, procurement and supply chain management, as well as some industry-specific capabilities for various vertical markets. It boasts excellent scalability and security.

    For 2017, SAP reported that its SaaS and PaaS revenues for its Applications, Technology & Services unit, which includes Business ByDesign, totaled $1.6 billion.

    Image Source: SAP

  • 6. Google G Suite

    6. Google G Suite

    Google's G Suite is a collection of cloud-based office productivity apps that includes Gmail (email), Docs (word processing), Sheets, (spreadsheets), Calendar, cloud file storage, Hangouts for collaboration and more. It comes in basic, business and enterprise versions, and all include a 99.9 percent uptime guarantee. The enterprise version also has advanced security and data loss protection capabilities to help organizations meet their compliance requirements. Customers that use G Suite include Whirlpool, Hamilton Beach, Gant, The Weather Company and many others.

    In its latest annual report, Google parent company Alphabet noted, “Google was a company built in the cloud and has been investing in infrastructure, security, data management, analytics, and AI from the very beginning. We have continued to enhance these strengths with features like data migration, modern development environments and machine learning tools to provide enterprise-ready cloud services, including Google Cloud Platform and G Suite, to our customers.”

    Image Source: Google

  • 5. Microsoft Dynamics 365

    5. Microsoft Dynamics 365

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based ERM and CRM solution with sales, service, finance and operations, talent and marketing capabilities. In its Magic Quadrant reports, Gartner positioned the solution as a "Leader" for both Sales Force Automation and CRM Customer Engagement Center. It comes in two different editions—Enterprise and Business—with several pricing tiers for each edition. Microsoft is also integrating Dynamics 365 with the LinkedIn business social network, which it owns.

    In his 2017 letter to shareholders, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote, "Dynamics 365 customers grew more than 40 percent year-over-year," and he added that the offering experienced 78 percent revenue growth. Altogether, Microsoft had $14.9 billion in cloud revenue for 2017, which included Dynamics 365, Office 365, Azure and other cloud solutions.

    Image Source: Microsoft

  • 4. SAP S/4HANA Cloud

    4. SAP S/4HANA Cloud

    In addition to its Business ByDesign solution for mid-market companies, SAP also offers S/4HANA Cloud for larger enterprises. It runs on the company's HANA in-memory technology, which speeds performance. Customers have the option of deploying it as SaaS, on-premise, in a private cloud or in a hybrid cloud. It also incorporates the company's machine learning technology for advanced analytics capabilities. The SaaS version is priced per user, with different tiers for self-service, core and advanced users.

    SAP's most recent annual report said, "Today, with nearly 8,000 SAP S/4HANA customers, we are leading the market to 'intelligent ERP.'" It also pointed to the rapid growth of the cloud-based solution as one of its reasons for financial success.

    Image Source: SAP

  • 3. Oracle NetSuite

    3. Oracle NetSuite

    Founded in 1998, NetSuite is generally considered to be the first SaaS company. Oracle purchased the firm in 2016 and continues to utilize the NetSuite brand name. Used by more than 40,000 organizations worldwide, NetSuite calls itself the "#1 cloud ERP," and it also claims to reduce total cost of ownership by 50 percent compared to on-premise ERP solutions. The application includes ERP, CRM and ecommerce functionality.

    For the quarter ended November 30, 2017, Oracle reported $1.1 billion in revenue from cloud SaaS, including NetSuite, a 55 percent increase. CEO Mark Hurd said, "We expect to extend our lead by selling around $2 billion in new enterprise SaaS application cloud subscriptions over the coming four quarters. That's more new SaaS sales than any of our competitors."

    Image Source: Oracle

  • 2. Salesforce

    2. Salesforce

    Founded just a few months after NetSuite, Salesforce was another of the early enterprise SaaS pioneers. In the years since, it has experienced phenomenal growth, and in 2017, CEO Marc Benioff said the firm had become "the first enterprise cloud software company to break the $10 billion revenue run rate." It is the world's leading CRM solution, and it also offers solutions for service, marketing and ecommerce. Recently, the company has begun incorporating machine learning capabilities into its SaaS applications, in the form of its Einstein AI technology.

    In its fiscal 2018 report, Salesforce announced subscription and support revenues of $9.71 billion, a 25 percent year-over-year increase. It expects a 20 percent growth in revenue for the current fiscal year.

    Image Source: Salesforce

  • 1. Office 365

    1. Office 365

    With more than 127 million users, Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most popular applications of any kind. It is a cloud-based office productivity suite that comes in home, small business, enterprise and education editions. It includes several applications, such as Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets) PowerPoint (presentations) and Outlook (email), that are nearly ubiquitous among enterprise and small business users.

    In its 2017 annual report, Microsoft reported that Office 365 increased its revenue from commercial subscribers by 46 percent. The report also noted that Office 365 helped to contribute to a 5 percent improvement in its commercial cloud gross margins.

    Image Source: Google

Enterprises are migrating from on-premises applications to cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) apps at a frantic pace.

In a 2018 report titled The CIO Agenda: Driving Value from Transformation, researchers from The Hackett Group wrote, "Cloud-based applications will reach a saturation point, advancing from a 93 percent adoption rate today to 100 percent in the next two to three years."

Gartner has noted that SaaS revenue grew faster than it had expected in both 2016 and 2017. For 2018, the firm is forecasting $71.2 billion in worldwide SaaS revenue, a 21.5 percent increase over 2017.

And in its Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide, IDC forecast that SaaS spending would account for two thirds of all public cloud revenue in 2018. And enterprise applications, particularly enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, account for a large portion of that spending.

So which SaaS apps are enterprises using?

The following slideshow highlights 12 cloud-based enterprise apps that are among the most popular and the highest-quality SaaS apps available today. It includes ERP, CRM, collaboration, HR and office productivity solutions that thousands of organizations rely on every day.

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