A business can install millions of dollars of IT infrastructure hardware and software, but servers with middleware and database software are just boat anchors without the high-level business applications that provide the real value. So it’s no surprise that worldwide spending for enterprise application software will reach $114.4 billion this year, according to research firm Gartner, up 10.2 percent from 2010.
Picking the top 25 business application software vendors isn’t easy. We’ve focused on suppliers of financial management and accounting, ERP, CRM, HR and supply chain management applications. Not surprisingly, vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP dominate the list.
While it’s impossible for solution providers to partner with all the companies on our list, here are the vendors they need to be aware of.