Source: Apps Run The World, September 2015
Source: Apps Run The World, September 2015

Cloud applications are derived from more than a dozen primary and secondary markets designed to automate specific and discrete business processes and functions generally used by a customer either within an enterprise or across multiple divisions of a vertical industry. Check out our breakdown of the Cloud Top 500 Applications Vendors By Market bellow and also make sure not to miss the whole Cloud Top 500 Applications Vendors list.

Delivery of Cloud Applications By Functional Market, Revenue Outlook
Delivery of Cloud Applications By Functional Market, Revenue Outlook

Cloud Top 500 Applications Vendors By Market

Cloud Top 500 Applications Vendors By MarketSecondary Markets
Analytics & BIAnalytics & BI applications cover business intelligence functions sold as a standalone application package for decision support or embedded in an integrated solution for functions such as revenue performance or for specific verticals such as healthcare performance management.
CollaborationCollaboration applications include Cloud tools for Web conferencing, team collaboration, social business platform, event management, eSignature, and sharing of online community resources. Collaboration applications also include conventional tools for email, group calendaring and scheduling and threaded discussion.
Content ManagementContent management applications include Web content management, document management, authoring tools, digital rights management, and search and portal functions that can be integrated into a business process via the Cloud.
Customer Relationship ManagementCustomer Relationship Management includes applications for sales force automation, marketing automation, customer service and support management such as email automation. Social Media Management, Customer Experience Management, Activity and Participant Management are among some of the newly available CRM applications available via Cloud delivery.
eCommerceeCommerce applications include those designed for shopping cart automation, order management, inventory management, Web-based point of sale, multi-channel retailing, procurement, sourcing, and supplier relationship management.
Enterprise Performance Management
Enterprise Performance Management applications are designed for a range of budgeting, forecasting and planning business processes that span multiple functional areas from finance to sales. Specific applications modules include budgeting, planning and forecasting, financial consolidation, capital expenditure planning, activity-based costing, zero-based budgeting as well as sales and revenue forecasting. EPM applications revenues represent a major contributor to the Enterprise Resource Planning market as part of our market sizing exercise.
Enterprise Resource PlanningEnterprise Resource Planning covers integrated applications suites designed to automate a range of business processes from back-office operations to financial management and from sales order capture to customer information management. Currently ERP also covers functions not being addressed by other functional markets. Examples include Enterprise Performance Management, Governance, Risk and Compliance, etc.
Financial ManagementFinancial Management software covers finance-specific business processes such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, and fixed asset accounting, as well as online functions such as invoicing, factoring, electronic payments and financial reporting. FM applications revenues represent a major contributor to the Enterprise Resource Planning market as part of our market sizing exercise.
Human Capital ManagementHuman capital management includes such functions as eRecruiting (applicant tracking), Onboarding (employee profile), Performance Management (assessment, goal management, succession planning), Core HR (personnel administration, benefits, compensation management, payroll), Workforce Management (absence management, activity tracking, scheduling, time and attendance), and eLearning (learning management system).
IT Service ManagementIT Service Management applications track, record, and manage problems related to the IT infrastructure and operations. The market covers IT help desk applications and related problem determination and resolution applications. Given its extensibility, ITSM applications are being used to make a growing number of employee self-service functions possible through enterprise service management for asset, incident and project management. ITSM applications are considered a derivative market with revenue contribution to functional areas such as Project and Portfolio Management and Enterprise Resource Planning.
Product Lifecycle Management
Product Lifecycle Management applications enable key stakeholders including designers, engineers and OEMs to gain and optimize visibility into the entire product life cycle from idea generation to collaboration and from product data management to iterative development efforts. PLM applications are considered a derivative market with revenue contribution to functional areas such as Project and Portfolio Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and Manufacturing.
Project and Portfolio ManagementProject and portfolio management (PPM) applications include those that automate and optimize the initiating, planning/scheduling, allocation, monitoring, and measuring of activities and resources required to complete projects. PPM applications also cover certain aspects of IT service management especially those that involve project portfolio management within the IT domain.
ProcurementProcurement covers applications designed for purchasing material (whether direct or indirect; raw, in process, or finished; as a result of or flowing into a product supply chain–specific business process; or in support of performing a service) and services (business or professional). Other functions include contract management, electronic network, punch-out, sourcing, and supplier rating to optimize the overall supplier relationship management business processes. Procurement applications revenues represent a major contributor to the Enterprise Resource Planning market as part of our market sizing exercise.
Sales Performance ManagementSales Performance Management tracks and automates different incentive compensation programs for salespeople as well as other functions specific to inside, outbound and channel sales activities including territory and quota management, account segmentation and scoring, and deal and quote management. SPM applications revenues represent a major contributor to the Human Capital Management market as part of our market sizing exercise.
Supply Chain ManagementSupply chain management covers Inventory Optimization (Warehouse Management, Replenishment), Transportation and Logistics (Routing, Scheduling, Carrier/Fleet/Fuel Management), Planning (Advanced Planning and Scheduling, Forecasting, Supply Chain Planning through Execution), Distribution Management (Order Orchestration, Management, Global Trade Management), E-Commerce (POS, Store Inventory & Fulfillment, EDI).
Treasury & Risk ManagementTreasury and Risk Management applications covers standalone and/or integrated products that automate business processes to support corporate treasury operations (including the treasuries of financial services enterprises) with the corresponding financial institution functionality and optimize related cash management, deal management, and risk management functions.
*Cash management automation includes both discrete and interlocking treasury processes involving electronic payment authorization, bank relationship management, cash forecasting, and others.
*Deal management automation includes processes for the implementation of trading controls, the creation of new instruments and asset classes, market data interface from manual or third-party sources, and others.
*Risk management automation includes performance analysis, various metrics calculations used in fixed-income portfolio analysis, market-to-market valuations, energy trading and risk management, and compliance with regulations and standards such as European Market Infrastructure Regulation, Financial Accounting Standard, International Financial Reporting Standards, Single European Payments Area, and others.

We are covering 21 vertical specific markets in the Cloud Top 500 Research. Check the Cloud Top 500 Vendors in each vertical.

Aerospace and DefenseAerospace and Defense (aircraft manufacturing, defense contractors, engine parts manufacturing, guided missiles & space vehicles & parts, and defense equipment industries). Products include design, engineering, simulation as well as manufacturing applications written specifically for aerospace and defense firms.
AutomotiveAutomotive (Automotive production, equipment, repair, services) – PLM, CAD, CAM, Dealer Management System, Parts Management, Financials, HR, Procurement
Banking and Financial ServicesBanking & Financial Services (Credit, lending, securities institutions) – Hedge fund administration, Core Banking, Cash, treasury, payment, risk management and supply chain finance solutions, Investment management system, Securities transaction and online trading technology, Mortgage, Loan origination and processing solutions, Teller transaction and loan processing, automated loan decisioning, analytical science analysis, workflow management, and sales and service solutions, Financials, HR, Procurement
CommunicationsCommunications (Telecom services providing point-to-point contact) – Converged billing, Multi-party settlement, OSS, BSS, Financials, HR, Procurement
Construction and Real EstateConstruction and Real Estate (Contracting and building of commercial, public, and residential structures, real estate management) – Bidding, cost estimates, Time Tracking, Homebuilder Software, Quantity Takeoff Software, Property Management, Financials, HR, Procurement
Consumer & Packaged GoodsConsumer & Packaged Goods (Consumer goods including non-durables, apparel, food and beverage and packaged goods) – Product lifecycle management, Supply Chain Management. eCommerce, Pricing Optimization, Financials, HR, Procurement
DistributionDistribution (Wholesale and distribution of goods to other enterprises) – Supply Chain Management, Transportation Management, Financials, HR, Procurement
EducationEducation (K-12 schools, colleges and universities, technical and vocational, distance learning) – Student Information System, Learning Management, Fund Accounting System, Higher Education Administration, Financials, HR, Procurement
GovernmentGovernment (Federal, state and local government agencies, nonprofit) – Public Safety Software, Grants and performance management, Computer Assisted Dispatch, Jail Management, Courts Management, Tax Collections, Records Management, Financials, HR, Procurement
HealthcareHealthcare (Healthcare providers, hospitals, physicians, clinics, hospices) – Electronic Health Record, Practice Management, Revenue cycle management, Financials, HR, Procurement
InsuranceInsurance (Entities that offer noncompulsory insurance of any kind) – Agency management system, Policy administration solutions, Pensions administration software, Billing and Claims software, Underwriting, Property & Casualty Management, Insurance Broker and Financial Planning Software, Financials, HR, Procurement
Leisure & HospitalityLeisure & Hospitality (Gaming, amusement, recreation services, hotels, cruises, lodging facilities) – Property Management, Cash Journaling & Gratuity Automation, Revenue Optimization, Hotel distribution, CRS, Channel management, Inventory Management, Financials, HR, Procurement
Life SciencesLife Sciences (Pharmaceuticals, medical devices and life  technologies) – Clinical trial management, Enterprise Risk, Compliance and Quality Management, Incentive compensation, sales performance management, Financials, HR, Procurement
ManufacturingManufacturing (Discrete, high-tech, process manufacturing) – Production Planning, Maintenance Management, Quality Management, CAD/CAM software, Manufacturing ERP, Manufacturing Execution System, Product lifecycle management, Financials, HR, Procurement
MediaMedia (Content distribution, broadcasting, publishing, motion pictures) – Distribution resource management for publishing, content distribution; warehouse management system, supply chain management for publishing and content distribution, Media asset management (MAM); digital media infrastructure; digital asset management (DAM); Dynamic ticket pricing for live events, Broadcast resource management; equipment asset management; broadcast engineering and operations (E&O), FInancials, HR, Procurement
Non ProfitNon Profit organizations are not-for-profit entities that direct their funding and revenues to achieve their stated mission. Applications designed for these organizations include donor and grant management, fund raising and accounting, constituent relationship management, as well as a range of back-office, association and event management, and community-building functions
Oil & GasOil & Gas (Fuel extraction, petroleum refining, primary derivatives from oil, chemicals and allied products) – Oil and Gas Operations Management, Reserves Management, Capital Planning, and Budgeting, Well Production Software, FInancials, HR, Procurement
Professional servicesProfessional services (Business, engineering, IT, legal services) – Timesheet and billing, Legal Practice Management, Project Management, Project Portfolio Management, Field Service Management Software, Professional Services Automation, FInancials, HR, Procurement
RetailRetail (Enterprises involved in the sale of goods, services, general and convenience stores, restaurants) – Multi-channel retail software, Point of Sale system, Store management system, Trade Promotions Management, Fresh food software, Price Optimizaton, Health and Safety Software, Workplace Risk Management solutions, Retail Execution Management solutions, Financials, HR, Procurement
TransportationTransportation (Operation of means of moving freight and passengers) – Cargo Management, Airport Managment System, Scheduling, Intelligent Transportation, Fare Collection, Ferry reservation systems, Fleet management, Financials, HR, Procurement
UtilityUtility (Electricity, water and gas utilities) – Customer care, billing, Smart meter infrastructure, Energy Trading Risk Management, SCADA, Financials, HR, Procurement