Top 10 SaaS companies at your service today

Companies that offer the best software as a service are not only helping themselves, but pushing the rest of the industry forward. Here is EM360's top picks of SaaS companies pushing us all forward.

1. Salesforce

Less than 20 years old and already a giant in the tech industry as one of the SaaS pioneers. Salesforce is a leader in CRM for being on the first companies to facilitate the process of service-providing through a strong database. The company was founded by Marc Benioff and Parker Harris

Allowing companies to have an interface for case management and task management, Salesforce allows for a mapping of priorities, information and demands that makes all business decisions infinitely more calculated and effective than before.

Using Apex as their main programming language, the people over at Salesforce depend on dot-notation and curly-brackets syntax to keep their operation as tight-knit and sharply run as possible.

2. Box, Inc.

Cloud content management giants and a file sharing pillar for many businesses, Box, Inc. was founded by Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith in 2005. Originally developed as a college project at the University of Southern California, Levie, the CEO of the company, decided to leave school to pursue the project full time.

Eventually their success led them to presenting clients and apps available for Windows, MacOs and several other mobile platforms. In 2015 the company acquired Airpost, a cloud management service that would go on to allow more exploration and innovation for Box regarding cloud content management.

3. Oracle

An American multinational computer technology corporation that specialises in enterprise software and cloud computing, Oracle have been around for over 40 years and provide their own brands of database management system, while also helping with cloud engineered systems and database software.

Founded by Larry Ellison, Bob Minder and Ed Oates, Oracle specialises in business software, cloud computing, SaaS and DaaS. One particular service they offer is the Oracle Beehive, a collaboration software that allows team workspaces to engage in file sharing, team calendaring, email and instant messaging.

4. Amazon Web Services SaaS

A subsidiary of Amazon, Andy Jassy is the CEO of this on-demand cloud computing platform provider. Subscribers of this service have a virtual cluster of computers at their disposal, greatly facilitating their navigation through the software.

Their licensing and delivery model, whereby software is centrally managed and hosted by a provider, allows companies to deliver their product easily and efficiently.

5. Slack

“Where work happens”, Slack is a cloud-based set of collaboration tools and services, founded by Stewart Butterfield. Beginning as an internal tool used by Butterfield’s company, Tiny Speck, it eventually became a widely popular way of getting your ideas and files across while keeping everything logged.

Slack allows for communities, groups or teams to join through a specific URL or invitation sent to them by the team admin or owner of the chat. The messaging tools allow for SMS-like texting from mobiles or MSN-style interactions on computers.

6. MuleSoft

Originally providing middleware and messaging, MuleSoft would grow to expand and provide an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) approach for companies. Their directory is designed to function as a social network for developers to share updates and information, covering more than 13,000 APIs at the moment.

Run under the supervision of chairman and CEO, Greg Schott, they offer API providers a publishing platform and various tools to automatically generate API documentation.

7. CA Technologies

CA Technologies is one of the largest independent software corporations in the world, creating systems software that runs in mainframe, distributed computing and cloud computing environments. Founded by Charles Wang and Russell Artzt, but commandeered by chairman Arthur F. Weinbach and CEO Michael P. Gregoire, CA Technologies have made some recent acquisitions with SaaS Secure DevOps and test execution platforms in mind.

Their portfolio alongside their privately-held Veracode has helped establish them as leaders in Secure DevOps.

8. Zendesk

Zendesk are a customer service software company based in San Francisco. With a current revenue for 430.492 million dollars as of last year, they are a leader in customer service, working in 150 different countries as of 2017.

One of their most unique SaaS products is Zendesk Chat (formerly known as Zopim), which works as an online marketing, live chat support and web analytics product. Functioning in a similar way to Slack, it allows for Zendesk to close all the gaps previously left by lack of proper communication.

9. GitHub

Founded by Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath and P.J. Hyett, GitHub functions as a web-based hosting service for version control using Git. Offering plans for both private repositories and free accounts, GitHub commonly hosts open-source software projects, having reported over 28 million users utilising GitHub as of 2018.

Albeit a company that is now acquired by Microsoft as of 4 June, 2018 (for 7.5 billion dollars no less), the closing date for the purchase has not been disclosed yet and GitHub continues to shine as a top service provider.

10. Intuit

Intuit is a financial and business software company that develops and sells financial, accounting and tax preparation software and similar services for small business and accountants, as well as other individuals who might be in need for miscellaneous reasons.

Founders Scott Cook and Tom Proulx originated what would grow to be a highly popular software company, developing several online communities, some of which offer integration or cross-sells into other Intuit products.