It’s one thing to come through on an established technology, technique or service. It’s another to create them yourself. These are the companies and organizations that determine what we consider important every year for the SD Times 100.

  • Apple
  • Docker
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • World Wide Web Consortium
  • The Node.js Project
  • Netflix

What good is an app if a user doesn’t want to interact with it? An underrated quality in software development, user experience is where a well-built application can fail in the eyes of the market. These companies, though, can help prevent that from happening to your app, with tools and technologies that can win a user’s attention (and appreciation), regardless of device.

  • DevExpress
  • Dundas
  • FusionCharts
  • GrapeCity
  • Infragistics
  • Sencha
  • Syncfusion
  • TX Text Control
  • Xceed
  • Xamarin

At the heart of everything is code. Keeping track of products lines, with work being done all around the world, poses challenges. These companies help developers keep their projects and code branches clean, reusable and discrete.

  • GitHub
  • Perforce
  • Plastic SCM
  • Seapine

Security remains a hot-button issue, and nobody wants to be the subject of the next sorry headline about a breach or a hack. Even under constant threat, these companies continue to work on security products to stay ahead of the bugs and keep those Web apps humming.

  • AppDynamics
  • Applause (was uTest)
  • Black Duck
  • Coverity
  • Dynatrace
  • Gemalto (was SafeNet)
  • HP
  • Neotys
  • Parasoft
  • Perfecto Mobile
  • QASymphony
  • Rogue Wave
  • Veracode

With cycles seemingly getting shorter and shorter, developers need tools that help them with deployment and post-production management. With speed in mind, these companies keep developers on track, no matter how fast they need to go.

  • Ansible
  • CA
  • Chef
  • JetBrains
  • Puppet Labs
  • Skytap


Data is still the most important part of software projects, and managing data structures is just as important. These companies are creating the integrations that best receive and utilize that data.

  • Couchbase
  • DataStax
  • DBmaestro
  • FoundationDB
  • Melissa Data
  • MongoDB
  • Neo Technology
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL
  • Progress

With the cloud firmly established, the focus has turned to services, security and integration. These companies have led the way with platforms that keep information available as needed, when needed and where needed.

  • Amazon
  • Citrix
  • CoreOS
  • Kubernetes
  • Microsoft
  • VMware

Big Data has hit it big. Every company that has reams of data is looking for ways to effectively store, retrieve and interpret it all. Fortunately these vendors are working on handling this otherwise daunting task, making the mountain of Big Data look like a much more manageable molehill.

  • Apache Hadoop
  • Cloudera
  • Databricks
  • DataTorrent
  • Hortonworks
  • InterSystems
  • MapR
  • New Relic
  • NuoDB
  • OpenText (was Actuate)
  • Splunk
  • Talend

Frameworks help you build your applications well, but a well-built application means nothing if it can’t connect to and exchange information with other systems. These companies help you create and share applications that your customers are looking for.

  • 3scale
  • Accusoft
  • Amyuni
  • Apigee
  • Aspose
  • Atalasoft
  • Isomorphic
  • LEAD Technologies
  • Mashery
  • /n software
  • Red Hat
  • SmartBear
  • SpreadsheetGear
  • Zend

Application life-cycle management needs sound methods coupled with up-to-date tools and platforms for requirements so that teams know what to do and when to do it by. These companies helped developers stick to the plan and avoid falling behind in 2014.

  • Altova
  • Atlassian
  • Azul Systems
  • CloudBees
  • CollabNet
  • Electric Cloud
  • HashiCorp
  • JFrog
  • LLVM
  • Sparx Systems
  • Stackify
  • TechExcel
  • VersionOne
  • XebiaLabs
  • ZeroTurnaround
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