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.
Top Boston Software Companies To Know
- ASICS Digital
- Ellevation Education
We've selected 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: Acquia provides a cloud-based, digital management platform for sites built on the Drupal platform.
Who's using it: Quicken, University of Iowa, Leinenkugel’s, Wilson, Xerox, Johnson & Johnson
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 and KISSmetrics
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 and athenahealth
What they do: ASICS Digital is the technology branch of the classic shoe company. So far, the company has developed products like ASICS Runkeeper and ASICS Studio to help athletes better optimize their workouts. The apps feature everything from advice on what shoes to buy to a personalized workout plan to crush all your fitness goals.
Who’s using it: Runners, weightlifters, and personal trainers.
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 and Spencer Gray Staffing Solutions
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 and Greenspring Associates
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: 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 and EA
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 and Greenfield Union Schools
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 and Purdue University
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: Fuze is a global communication platform combining video, collaboration, voice and messaging on a single interface. Designed to power the workplace, Fuze solutions are completely cloud-based, enabling users to collaborate and work from any device.
Who’s using it: AP, National Geographic, careerbuilder, Groupon and ThoughtWorks
What they do: Hopper is a mobile app that lets users search, track and book flights at the optimal time to save money. Since its launch, Hopper’s algorithms have archived and analyzed trillions of flights to predict lowest-cost booking times.
Who’s using it: Business travelers, families and anyone looking for lower flight prices.
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 and CNBC
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 and The Elephant Pants
What they do: Localytics is a mobile engagement platform for mobile and web apps.
Who’s using it: Microsoft, ESPN, Tumblr and Rue La La
What they do: LogicManager creates enterprise risk management software the helps companies anticipate problems and quickly decide solutions. The company helps governments, banks and educational institutions manage their risks and maintain their reputations.
Who’s using it: Rutgers University, Goodwill and the YMCA.
What they do: OpsGenie is a cloud-based service designed for developers and operations teams to better communicate. OpsGenie integrates with monitoring tools to ensure people are quickly notified over several different communication platforms.
Who’s using it: Overstock, POLITICO, and University of Illinois
What they do: ProfitWell is a business intelligence solution for subscription companies. The company’s BI software alerts companies to where they are growing the most, discovers other high-growth opportunities and even acts as a customer engagement tool.
Who’s using it: Lyft, Hubspot, Codeship and hotjar.
What they do: SmartBear’s tools help support software engineers throughout the entire software development cycle. The company’s support products help with website performance, API readiness and design and continuous integration management.
Who’s using it: National Geographic, BMW, Salesforce and Vodafone.
What they do: Smartsheet offers software for collaboration tools and solutions. The platform enables organizations to plan, track and automate their work, implementing ideas into action quicker and more efficiently.
Who’s using it: Netflix, Cisco, Behr and Hilton.
What they do: Tamr is a data connection and data fusion platform that combines machine learning and advanced algorithms with collective human insight to identify data sources, understand relationships and curate data at scale. The company is dedicated to helping clients dramatically reduce the time and effort required to connect and enrich data sources.
Who’s using it: GE, Toyota, Thomson Reuters and GSK.
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: 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, Nuveen Investments, Capital One and 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 and CloudLock
What they do: Cogito uses artificial intelligence to drive better phone interactions for sales and customer service teams. The Cogito software platform performs in-call voice analysis to provide real-time guidance that helps the caller better engage with the customer. The platform takes into account tone, energy levels, empathy and even pace to help sales and customer service teams have the optimal calls with customers.
Who’s using it: Humana, MetLife and four of the top five US health insurers.
What they do: Mendix enables businesses to develop their own mobile and web applications quickly. Because Mendix requires very little coding, building and deploying apps becomes efficient and can be completed by a range of team members regardless of coding experience.
Who’s using it: ING, Liberty Mutual, The Boston Globe and The University of Pennsylvania
What they do: Quick Base is an app-building software designed for company-wide use, regardless of each team member's coding experience. With Quick Base, users can customize hundreds of pre-built apps or create their own for workflow automation, task management, data integration and more.
Who’s using it: Google, Southwest and Kayak
What they do: CloudHealth Technologies takes a complicated idea like the cloud and simplifies it. The CloudHealth platform is able to gather a business’s vast amount of data, consolidate it, build the data into easily understandable reports and offer solutions to any problem. Companies can use the technology to make better holistic business decisions.
Who’s using it: Pinterest, Dow Jones and Skyscanner
What they do: Slalom helps businesses solve their most-pressing issues through consultations on customer experience, technology, business strategy and analytics. The firm has a partnership with over 170 technology companies to help infuse the latest tools into each personalized strategy.
Who’s using it: Hyatt, Atlanta Public Schools, eBay and REI.
What they do: Rogue Wave Software builds cross-platform development tools and enterprise solutions. The company’s software tackles complex application issues across the healthcare, government, entertainment and technology industries. Over 2000 companies use Rogue Wave software, which has 15 offices across the globe.
Who’s using it: Verizon, Samsung, Toshiba, and Canon
What they do: CA Technologies creates IT management software that works with a variety of operating systems and platforms. Many industries including retail, financial services and automotive use CA Technologies to digitally customize their business through solutions like API management, automation, continuous testing and DevOps.
Who’s using it: Toyota, CNN and L’OREAL.
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: Midaxo provides a streamlined mergers and acquisitions process using a data-driven software platform. The company’s platform provides collaboration, pipeline management and due diligence tools to make sure the acquiring team is all on the same page.
Who’s using it: Philips, HP and Danfoss.
What they do: Notarize is a virtual, on-demand notary platform that offers 24/7 access to notarization. The company allows for anyone to upload their legal documents, connect online with a trusted notary and sign their most important documents, all from the comfort of their home.
Who’s using it: Over two thousand businesses trust Notarize.
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 and Invision
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 and Boston Scientific
Funding: Went public in 1999
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: 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 and Vanguard
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 and 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 and 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 and Brandywine Global Investment Management
Who’s using it: Lyst, AREA 17 and Intercom
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 and WhiteHat Security