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  The Top 20 Software as a Service (SaaS) Vendors

What's the cloud without the software applications? This is where cloud computing extends from infrastructure and platforms into business systems and user programs. From productivity apps and CRM application suites to software programs which manage cloud apps and deployments and even enable the creation of hybrid clouds, software as a service (SaaS) is extremely broad and runs the gamut. Here we catalog cloud software and application vendors that are doing something different, something fresh or something particularly well. From traditional business systems like to advanced analytics from Cloud9, whatever it is they're doing, they look cool doing it.

Abiquo Calling itself the "Enterprise Cloud Management software company," Abiquo's software lets organizations use business policy to manage their entire computing infrastructure comprising unlimited physical and cloud resources through a single pane of glass, whether those clouds are private, public or hybrid.
Accelops AccelOps forges into integrated data center and cloud services monitoring with software delivered as a virtual appliance or SaaS. It cross-correlates and manages diverse operational on-premise, off-premise and cloud environments for alerting, analysis and reporting.
Akamai Akamai has big plans in the cloud, whether they be security, storage or a host of other capabilities. Its cloud optimization offerings improve performance, increase availability, and boost security of applications and data delivered over the cloud.
AppDynamics Managing application architectures becomes increasingly more important in cloud environments. AppDynamics offers app management for new application architectures including the cloud or in the data center, to monitor, troubleshoot, diagnose and scale production applications.
Apprenda Apprenda has created a new category of cloud middleware with its SaaSGrid next-generation application server that was built specifically to solve the architecture, business and operational complexities of delivering SaaS in the cloud and delivering business-critical applications on the Web.
Meghaware CloudOptix has made a name for itself with its cloud virtualization software called MeghaWare that lets users launch multi-vendor public and private clouds and connect and unify them into a custom hybrid cloud solution to get the most bang for the buck.
Cloud9 Cloud9 Analytics simple yet powerful application to help sales managers forecast sales more accurately, coach sales staff behavior, run effective weekly sales meetings, and ultimately increase your win rates. Cloud9 brings real-time visiblity to sales forecasts.
CloudSwitch CloudSwitch wants to help move apps to the cloud. Its software appliance acts as a gateway to the cloud and lets companies run apps in the right environment securely and simply without changes while keeping applications integrated with data center tools and policies.
CloudTran CloudTran makes transaction management software for the cloud and makes it possible to run mission-critical OLTP apps in public, private and hybrid clouds by adding ACID transactions to data grids and distributed persistent data stores.
Cumulux Cumulux makes products and services that help enterprises strategize, develop and operationalize cloud computing applications and does so on platforms like Microsoft Windows Azure, Amazon EC2 and With its breadth of SaaS offerings, Cumulux vows to deliver business value in the cloud.
Eloqua Eloqua automates the science of marketing – campaign execution, testing, measurement, prospect profiling, and lead nurturing – allowing marketers to acquire customers, drive revenue and do what they do best: develop strong brands, build creative campaigns, and deliver compelling content.
FinancialForce FinancialForce is a software as a service accounting system and innovative financial management system that takes a fresh approach to a traditional business function. The application was develoed with and delivers tight integration with CRM.
Intacct Intacct also delivers a SaaS acccounting system which closely integrates with, and makes finance more productive with revenue management, project accounting, order and billing management, financial consolidation and financial reporting software.
Marketo Marketo combines everything you need to manage demand generation campaigns and acquire sales-ready leads – including email marketing, lead nurturing and lead scoring – with analytics to measure marketing ROI and forecast marketing's impact on revenue.
NetSuite NetSuite delivers software as a service (SaaS) enterprise-wide business applications, including full-featured financials and accounting, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), inventory, and e-commerce software—all in a fully integration application.
Oracle On Demand Oracle's on demand CRM software allows customers flexibility in how to deploy tehir CRM software based on their specific needs and budget requirements. Hosted and Managed Applications and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment models are all available.
Pardot Pardot Marketing Automation is an on-demand solution that can show your sales team exactly where to spend its time in order to maximize ROI. Advanced micro-level web analytics allows Pardot to capture all relevant prospect activities, both on and off your site, and help determine who is showing the most buying signals. has become the poster child of software as a service Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software solutions. Now the technology pioneer continues a push into the platform as a service (PaaS) market with its application platform.
SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) giant SAP is assertively pushing into the software as a service CRM and ERP markets with its Business ByDesign solution. The on-demand ERP system is showing strong global adoption from both customers and partners.

Global sales of software-as-a-service (SaaS) in the enterprise application segment will jump more than 14 percent to $8.5 billion in 2010 when compared with the $7.5 billion generated in 2009, a spike attributed largely to the business community’s growing endorsement of cloud computing.”

Source: Gartner



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  • Cloud computing is a method of information technology consumption in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet based on a subscription pricing model. Cloud benefits include accelerated deployment, on-demand scalability, predictable expenditures, lower total cost of ownership and increased focus on core competencies.