Boston has become a major stage for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies offering unique and groundbreaking technologies.
Software companies that offer cloud-based solutions that can be quickly implemented and are not only scaleable, but also cost-effective and customizable, have reshaped the infrastructure of day-to-day business operations in dozens of industries.
We've selected 27 Boston-based SaaS companies using cloud technology to influence just about everything — from small business schedule management to cybersecurity.
What they do: 3Play Media makes video more accessible by streamlining captioning, transcription and subtitling through a combination of automatic speech recognition software and human editing.
Who's using it: MIT, P&G, Stanford University, Dell, Time Warner Cable, This American Life and TMobile
What they do: Klaviyo's email marketing SaaS platform provides companies with the ability to utilize data to make more personalized and effective marketing campaigns. The software pairs data analytics and email in a way that helps companies to ditch the one-size-fits-all approach. Who's using it: Chubbies, Bearbrand, Tortuga, The Elephant Pants.
What they do: CrunchTime! helps companies in the hospitality industry save time and money with a platform that manages tasks like food costs, menus, labor, vendors and production planning all on one dashboard.
Who’s using it: The Cheesecake Factory, Carnival Cruise Line, House of Blues, Wendy’s and Denny’s
What they do: Ellevation Education is a web-based software platform specifically designed for ELL educators and English learners.
Who’s using it: Alabaster City Schools, Greenfield Union Schools,
What they do: Turbonomic is an autonomic platform that gives diverse environments the ability to self-manage cloud application performance. The rapidly growing company has accrued over 100,000 customers since its 2010 launch, many of them prominent financial institutions, retail brands and service providers.
Who’s using it: NASA, NCAA, AT&T, ESPN, Honeywell, Sotheby’s, Coca Cola and IBM
What they do: AppNeta is an app performance monitoring company with solutions for apps you develop, SaaS apps you use and networks that deliver them.
Who’s using it: eBay, Citrix, National Instruments, athenahealth
What they do: InsightSquared is a sales performance analytics solution that provides reports on every major sales metric. Unlike spreadsheets, InsightSquared has visual-heavy, maintenance-free reports and dashboards that provide a unique lens into real-time sales results.
Who’s using it: Fuze, Optimizely, Veracode, WhiteHat Security
What they do: Localytics is a mobile engagement platform for mobile and web apps.
Who’s using it: Microsoft, ESPN, Tumblr, Rue La La
What they do: Vestmark’s platform offers wealth management and investment advisory solutions. Vestmark's customers currently manage more than a million accounts representing over $250 billion in assets under management.
Who’s using it: Fidelity Investments, Edward Jones
What they do: Yesware is an all-in-one sales acceleration platform that helps salespeople connect with prospects, track engagement and close deals.
Who’s using it: Dyn, Mimeo, CloudLock
What they do: Datadog’s SaaS platform consolidates data from servers, databases, tools, services and applications into one unified view. Headquartered in New York, the fast-growing company opened its Boston office in 2015.
Who’s using it: Salesforce, Amtrak, EA
What they do: Codeship is a continuous delivery platform that automatically releases software multiple times a day, reducing the risk of bugs and enhancing innovation.
Who’s using it: LendingCrowd, Bannerman, Invision
What they do: Toast simplifies the hectic life of restaurant and hospitality management with its restaurant management platform. The cloud-based system features management tools, menu changes and online ordering, all within a user-friendly interface.
Who’s using it: A slew of restaurants of all shapes and sizes rely on Toast. In 2015, the company signed its 1,000th customer.
What they do: Akamai is the leading provider of cloud services for helping organizations provide secure and high-performing user experiences on any type of device.
Who’s using it: Adobe, Airbnb, American Idol, Audi, Autodesk, Boston Scientific
Funding: Went public in 1999
What they do: EverTrue's vertical SaaS solutions bring modern sales and marketing software to the $350 billion philanthropic giving market.
Who’s using it: Emmanuel College, Boston University, Union College, Purdue University
What they do: Kensho's intelligent computer systems are capable of answering complex financial questions posed in plain English, which is helpful for financial professionals.
Who’s using it: Goldman Sachs, CNBC
What they do: FareHarbor's reservation booking software is built for businesses in the activity and tourism industry. The young company has already expanded to five offices across five time zones.
Who's using it: More than 3,500 businesses, large and small.
What they do: LogMeIn provides SaaS-based remote connectivity, collaboration and support solutions for businesses and consumers. The company’s suite of available tools helps companies create connected products, manage valuable data and engage more closely with customers. In July 2016, LogMeIn announced a $1.8 billion merger with a division of Citrix Systems Inc. that would triple its size overnight, creating a Boston software firm with nearly 3,000 employees and more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
Who’s using it: General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Asurion
Funding: Went public in 2009
What they do: Appcues is a user onboarding software solution that delivers guided product tours that improve usability and user engagement through unique interactive tutorials.
Who’s using it: HubSpot, Segment, KISSmetrics
What they do: Bison provides users with relevant news coverage and complete fundraising datasets for the private equity and venture capital market.
Who’s using it: Five Points Capital, SV Life Sciences, Greenspring Associates
What they do: Blueleaf's platform simplifies wealth management workflows, giving users access to data, document sharing, account aggregation, client engagement technology and financial planning tools.
Who’s using it: Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Vanguard
What they do: Bullhorn provides cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) solutions for companies in business services industries.
Who’s using it: APEX Systems, Harvey Nash, Mee Derby, Spencer Gray Staffing Solutions
What they do: Carbonite offers cloud and data protection that includes advanced backup, rapid recovery and anywhere access for businesses or individuals.
Who’s using it: RE/MAX Professionals Realty, Winn Brown Law Firm, Watertown Dental
What they do: Nanigans provides advertising automation software that powers some of the world’s top in-house performance marketing teams.
Who’s using it: Rue La La, Wayfair, Zynga
What they do: Patheer is a skills development platform that helps organizations leverage data analytics to deliver an insight into their employees' current skills, gaps, possibilities and aspirations.
Who’s using it: N/A
What they do: Tripleshot helps institutional asset managers buy and sell equity securities more effectively in rapidly changing markets.
Who’s using it: Capital Research and Management, Brandywine Global Investment Management
What they do: Workable helps small and medium-sized businesses manage their recruitment process with simple tools to promote jobs online, review candidates and schedule interviews.
Who’s using it: Lyst, AREA 17, Intercom