Software is at the heart of the information age and is a huge driver of enterprises. Software stocks, under the technology sector, is set to grow even more as automation, and digitization continue in the workplace. These companies produce software widely used by companies and so they grow in tandem with other sectors which utilize their technology. Here are the top 17 enterprise software stocks right now:
Open Text (OTEX-T)
A Canadian company that develops and sells enterprise information management software. They pay a 1.6% dividend. They have high free cash flow and their fundamentals are looking good. They’ve been mentioned by numerous analysts as either a top pick or a buy.
He sold it recently. They are a leader in enterprise resource planning. It reached his price target at $62 and he took profit. He would love to buy in again on weakness.
Shopify Inc. (SHOP-T)
A company that is considered a Canadian unicorn. They provide a computer software platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. The charts look good, and their addressable market is huge. A world leader in the e-commerce space.
He sold it the other day after being up 19%. He wants to buy back in on weakness. He would look to buy it at $500 US.
Adobe Systems (ADBE-Q)
They provide software that is ubiquitous in the digital media/creative space. It is at a high valuation right now but it is a quality business. It is heavily used in corporate America and their cloud business is growing.
Investing in water treatment Little competition for them in the creative content publishing space. They made acquisitions to build e-commerce websites (competing with Salesforce now). Adobe has an edge, because Adobe software generates images that can be used for these sites. He likes it.
SalesForce.com Inc. (CRM-N)
An American cloud computing company that just released earnings. They’ve been consistently beating expectations. They were one off the first to offer software as a service and they’ve done very well. Their main business is for large companies and banks to interact with their clients.
The king of software service, who lead the way in tech subscriptions. He has a 4.5% holding in his portfolio. Revenue continues to grow by over 10% consistently. He still seems them being able to extend their runway. His price target is $183.50.
FireEye Inc (FEYE-Q)
An enterprise cybersecurity company that seeks to protect against cyber threats. They are a leader in security as a service and demand is growing.
Poster child when it comes to security as a service. Offer software instead of hardware, and the first to get in, so they have a lead. Instead, he owns Palo Alto and Splunk on the cybersecurity side. But it's on their shopping list, once markets settle down.
Autodesk Inc (ADSK-Q)
A 3D design software corporation that is used by architecture, engineering, media and connected industries. They are growing and acquiring companies so it should definitely be on your watchlist for a good entry point.
They are geared towards the industrial machinery side of tech. Their earnings reported last night showed a lowering in their guidance. This has resulted in a sizable pullback in share price today.
An American cloud computing company. Their software is used to manage workflow in companies that provide services such as IT servicing. They’re growing rapidly and was mentioned as a Top Pick by David Burrows.
(A Top Pick Feb 07/19, Up 35%) He sold last summer because there was too much volatility. It trades at 100 times earnings. It is a great business but had a bit of a pull back over the summer. He has stop losses on all his holdings. It is a great company but he had…
One of the world’s largest provider of database software. They’ve started changing their service into a subscription services and cloud based business. Their biggest client are financial institutions and are considered to not be a high risk trade.
IBM vs ORCL? Everyone is looking for the next MSFT. He would go with IBM. There are some new high level managers, who he feels will best take them into that direction. The problem with IBM is that the shares are trading near where analysts are setting their target price. He might buy 1/3 of…
Red Hat Inc. (RHT-N)
An American open-source software products provider that is used in the enterprise community. IBM bought them recently. They help customers transition into the Cloud, and the demand for this type of service is expected to grow as companies transition into the cloud.
(A Top Pick Aug 29/18, Up 27%) Acquired by IBM. He started buying at $62 and was taken out at over $170. IBM needed power to get into the cloud space.
A giant in computing hardware and software. They pay a nice dividend that is expected to grow. They’re an absolute leader in software and the cloud who has been consistently growing. Their office program is moving to subscription base meaning good recurring revenue with high margins. A good stock to hold.
(A Top Pick Jan 22/19, Up 77%) It is the darling in technology. He still owns it. He thanks having a market hedge for giving him the courage to continue to hold -- otherwise he would have been taking profit. Their revenue growth was 66% last year and their guidance is always a little conservative.…
Tableau Software, Inc. (DATA-N)
They produce interactive data visualization products focused on business intelligence. They are pioneers in data analytics and they are moving from licensing to subscriptions and are getting rewarded for it.
135.67 Big data hardware is in the cloud and data analytics. Tableau is involved in the latter--they were pioneers in this space and are now leaders. They've moved from licensing into subscriptions early and it's paid off very well.
Splunk Inc (SPLK-Q)
A software platform provider that uses a web-style interface to utilize big data. They’ve raised their 2020 revenue outlook and have returned about 21% in the last 2 months.
Big player in big data space. Now their data play is in the cloud. Cybersecurity is now a more mature business. Right trends at the right time. Q4 earnings well above consensus. Lowered guidance in January, which gave investors a chance to buy. His price target is 137. Not expensive. PEG ratio is 2.07. No…
Citrix Systems (CTXS-Q)
They are the leaders in providing a secure digital workspace in the cloud. They’ve also become the preferred and most-used solution for enterprise file synchronization and sharing (EFSS).
(A Top Pick Sept 11/09. Up 95%.) Owns the “Go To Meeting” brand, which is used by enterprises to manage remote networking and meetings.
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (CTSH-Q)
A IT services provider that helps companies implement technology. They started helping banks, insurance and healthcare generate more revenue using technology. An activist shareholder was brought in, and the company is focusing on value creation.
She sees a lot of good, long term, secular drivers. As technology permeates every business and every industry, these are the guys that come in and explain how a company can use technology. Historically, this was just on the expense side and how to get more efficient, but now use technology to generate revenue. This…
An on‑demand financial management and human capital management software vendor.They have brought in financial software that has helped them and analysts consider it a strong takeout target.
(A Top Pick Aug 29/18, Up 27%) Software to service company, with human resources and financial reporting. Have become quite a darling. Jumped on the whole subscription idea, recurring revenue. Took profit at $193. Top line and bottom line great at last reporting. Would buy back in the $170s.
MongoDB, Inc. (MDB-Q)
A networking software supplier. Their main clients are financial services, government, healthcare, retail and telecom companies. The financial results for the fourth quarter and full year are expected to be announced on March 13.
Hold your winners, and trim if a position grows too large in a portfolio. MDB is in a hot area in tech. Traditional enterprises are struggling with how to make use of cloud computing; it's a complicated issue with the big question being, what do you do with databases? Oracle has long been dominant here,…
Okta, Inc. (OKTA-Q)
A cloud software company that helps companies manage their employee passwords. Major S&P companies have embraced this company and their stock price has seen a nice return. There is still space to grow so it’s worth a look.