Open Text, Microsoft and the Top 17 Enterprise Software Stocks
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.
It has been cheap for a long time since it hasn't shown growth. It is growing now at 22% and is trading at 8X. Has an imperfect balance sheet.
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.
Very good company, but share price valued fairly.Will be a good long term business.Recommends buying on weakness.
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.
It has done well because it is a leader in AI. The March report had good top and bottom line results and increased guidance. He trimmed some today because it is getting close to his price target. (Analysts’ price target is $397.00)
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.
Is up 68% YTD, caught in the hot tech rally. Activist investors in the recent past helped make the company more efficient. Just reported and is selling off in after-hours trading, a victim to high expectations. CRM reported a great quarter: an earnings beat with higher-than expected sales, huge cash and raised guidance, but that…
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.
It makes software for architects and is trying to convert from a one payment business to subscriptions. Has been quiet for 2 to 3 years and is now at an attractive valuation. He prefers companies with a broader business model, not a niche type company like this one.
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 May 18/22, Up 10%) Its product renewal rate is 99% and it has many very high spending clients. Its last report beat on both the top and bottom lines and it raised guidance. It keeps companies running smoothly. Its market cap is $92 billion. (Analysts’ price target is $509.00)
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.
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 Mar 10/23, Up 34%) Very strong company that will continue to hold. High margin business on the forefront of A.I. research. Current price is a good time to trim position. Very strong management that is investing in new technology.
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.
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.
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).
Among the biggest losers on the S&P in 2021 #7, down 27%. This software company could be put up for sale, pushed by activists. He has no idea what CTRX is worth. They used to be the king of business collaboration software. He once loved their product. Now, there are too many competitors.
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.
Workday, Inc., is an American on-demand financial management and human capital management software vendor. Workday was founded by David Duffield, founder and former CEO of ERP company PeopleSoft, and former PeopleSoft chief strategist Aneel Bhusri following Oracle's hostile takeover of PeopleSoft in 2005.
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.
It reports Monday. Unfortunately, it reports on the heels of Omicron and we'll learn more about soon. It got hit hard like so much tech today as money manager dump risky stocks. Unfortunately, it reports on the heels of Omicron.
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.
Delivered a beat and raised guidance, but the street focussed on the amount of business they have not done, a number which missed expectations. The street sees slowing business ahead. Doesn't help that shares were hot going into the quarter.