Three legs of the same stool: Software must be tested for functionality and bugs before it’s released. The software must be impervious to attack as well as inadvertent release of sensitive information. Finally, the app must be monitored to ensure a great user experience. These are the companies leading the way.

  • AppDynamics
  • Applause
  • Black Duck
  • Dynatrace
  • HPE
  • Mobile Labs
  • Neotys
  • New Relic
  • Parasoft
  • Perfecto Mobile
  • QASymphony
  • Rogue Wave
  • Sauce Labs
  • Synopsys
  • TestPlant
  • Veracode

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 Flink
  • Apache Storm
  • Cloudera
  • Confluent
  • Databricks
  • Hortonworks
  • InterSystems
  • MapR
  • New Relic
  • Splunk
  • Talend

It’s one thing to create a great piece of software. It’s quite another to have it make a mark on the entire industry. These are the companies and organizations whose work has had a significant impact on what others build, how they build it, and ultimately, who uses it.

  • Apple
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Netflix
  • Red Hat
  • Slack

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 2016.

  • Altova
  • Atlassian
  • CollabNet
  • HashiCorp
  • JetBrains
  • JFrog
  • LLVM
  • OutSystems
  • Sparx Systems
  • TechExcel
  • VersionOne
  • ZeroTurnaround

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.

  • DataStax
  • Melissa Data
  • MongoDB
  • Neo Technology
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL
  • Progress Software

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
  • GrapeCity
  • Infragistics
  • Kony
  • LEAD Technologies
  • Sencha
  • Syncfusion
  • Text Control
  • Xamarin (owned by Microsoft)
  • Xceed

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.

  • Accusoft
  • Amyuni
  • Apigee
  • Aspose
  • Atalasoft
  • Isomorphic
  • Mashery
  • Meteor
  • /n Software
  • npm
  • SmartBear
  • Zend

With cycles getting shorter and shorter, developers need tools that help them with Continuous Integration and Delivery, as well as managing issues in post-production. With speed in mind, these companies keep developers on track, no matter how fast they need to go.

  • Ansible
  • Atlassian
  • CA Technologies
  • Chef
  • CloudBees
  • Electric Cloud
  • IBM
  • Puppet Labs
  • XebiaLabs

At the heart of everything is code. Keeping track of code branches, changes and updates, and often with developers working around the world, can be a big headache. These companies help developers keep things clean, reusable and discrete.

  • GitHub
  • Perforce
  • Plastic SCM
  • Seapine

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
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • Microsoft
  • Rancher Labs
  • VMware
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