The current state of the European tech industry can be called quite good, and the forecast is also optimistic. The IT sector gross value added is growing five times faster than that of the other ones in Europe. In the same time, 2018 brought a 4% IT labour force growth in comparison with 1.1% growth of the overall EU employment. Looks great? Of course, the reality is far from perfect, but still, the Tech industry is presently one of the most investment attractive in Europe. 2018 was a record year in terms of the local IT ecosystem investment volumes - tech companies got $23B of investments.
Europe produced 3 of the ten world's biggest tech IPO companies and 22 companies with billion annual sales in 2018. 5.7M professional developers all over Europe and 15 cities with over 50,000 developer population. London, Berlin and Paris are the largest tech communities. These facts and figures describe the tech industry as per 2018-2019.
All the hype around the European tech industry inspired us to create a guide-like article for potential investors or business partners, willing to enter the local IT market. Meet the Top-30 IT companies in Europe by sales in 2018 that will give you the maximum financial insights, compressed in a few lines. Get aware of the European tech industry current situation and potential investment objects in a 10-minute read. We created this rating based on the Global Database intelligence platform data. Why are we sure it's relevant? Our data is verified and updated daily, both manually and automatically, so we can easily claim it is 90% accurate.
*All figures are in USD. M: Millions of USD, B: Billions of USD
*EUR was converted to USD using an average currency rate of 0.89 EUR to 1 USD
1. Accenture (Ireland) - $39.1B
Accenture is a professional and technology services company headquartered in Ireland. It provides comprehensive digital solutions, complementing consulting and strategy ones, to its clients from 120 countries. Accenture's 477,000 employees (most of them from India, US and the Philippines) are serving 95 companies of the Fortune Global 100. Over 75% of the Fortune Global 500 are its clients too. All of them contributed to the company's impressive annual sales in 2018 - $39.1B.
2. SAP (Germany) - $27.4B
SAP SE (further SAP) - is the German producer of the most popular enterprise software in the world. The company's regional branches staff helps clients from around 180 countries efficiently manage their customer relations and business operations. Over 96,000 well-trained employees provide high-quality service in SAP. They generated $27.4B in sales in 2018, working with more than 425,000 clients. Currently, SAP is focused on IoT (Internet of Things) and is planning to invest $2.24B in this technology by 2021.
3. Capgemini (France) - $14.35B
Capgemini SE (further Capgemini) is the largest French company, operating in the IT field, by sales. It provides IT and management consulting, as well as outsourcing services to clients from 40+ countries. Capgemini employs more than 200,000 professionals, almost 50% of them in India. Together they managed to generate $14.35B in sales in 2018. The company was founded 52 years ago and still keeps its leading positions in France and Europe.
4. ATOS (France) - $14.3B
Atos is an IT corporation from France, one of Europe's IT services leaders serving clients all over the world. It employs over 122,000 professionals working for the nine company brands across offices in Europe, North America and Australia. With cyber-security, transactional, as well as big data and cloud services as its main focus, Atos managed to become one of Europe's leading IT companies and achieve sales of $14.3B in 2018. As for the sports sponsorship, which is common for big companies, Atos is the Olympic Games official IT partner for an astonishing 18 years.
5. T-Systems (Germany) - $7.74B
T-Systems is the most prominent IT company in Germany according to the Global Database's list of the largest European IT enterprises by annual sales. Operating as a Deutsche Telekom IT subsidiary, T-systems provides IT consulting and services to the parent company's clients in over 20 countries. Currently, T-systems employs around 45,000 professionals, who generated $7.74B in sales in 2018. After a major workforce cut, planned for 2018 - 2020, taken in an attempt to make the company profitable again, there will remain only 30,000+ employees.
6. Computacenter (UK) - $5.74B
Once becoming the biggest privately held IT company in the UK (in 1994), Computacenter plc (further Computacenter) managed to keep this position till now. The company provides its services to international private- and public- sector clients through multiple offices in the UK, Spain and South Africa. With annual sales of $5.74B, Computacenter takes the 6th place of our rating of the most prominent European IT companies by sales per year. It is based on the Global Database business intelligence platform data, updated daily.
7. Amadeus IT Group (Spain) - $5.5B
Amadeus IT Group (further Amadeus) is the biggest IT company in Spain, providing IT solutions to the travel and tourism field businesses around the world. Over 17,000 professionals, working for the company, achieved annual sales of $5.5B in 2018. The Amadeus' market cap of $33.6B is mostly based on serving the global travel providers from 195 countries. The company has five major sites and 173 regional offices, and is a part of "The World's Largest Public Companies" rating by Forbes.
8. Micro Focus (UK) - $4.8B
Micro Focus International plc (further Micro Focus) is the second biggest IT company from the UK by annual sales according to the Global Database business intelligence platform. Its 5,000 employees provide software and IT consulting services to multiple international clients. The company reached the net income of $784M from the $4.8B in annual sales in 2018, these figures making it a Top-10 European IT companies member.
9. Spotify Technology (Luxembourg) - $4.6B
Spotify Technology SA (further Spotify) is a Sweden-based IT services provider with legal headquarters in Luxembourg. It owns the world-known audio streaming platform Spotify that provides free and paid subscriptions to its users from 5 continents. The Spotify platform works on most modern devices and all the operational systems, popular today. Almost 50% of the subscribers the platform has are paying ones. These 100M people brought huge sales of $4.6B and contributed to a $27B market cap to the company in 2018.
10. Sopra Steria (France) - $4.59B
Sopra Steria Group SA (further Sopra Steria) is one of the France leading IT companies, 51 years old, focused on IT consultancy. It employs over 44,000 professionals, providing computer and software development services to clients in 17 countries. Together they generated sales for $4.59B in 2018, $143.92M of which resulted in net income. These figures allowed Sopra Steria to enter the Top-10 biggest IT companies in Europe by sales in 2018. The rating is based on data from the Global Database business intelligence platform.
11. Bechtle (Germany) - $4B
Bechtle AG (further Bechtle) is an IT system house, the biggest in Germany and one of the leading enterprises of this kind in Europe. It provides IT services and sells its IT products directly in 14 European countries and through 70 DACH region offices. This business model allowed it to generate $4B in sales in 2018 with the help of over 10,000 employees. Bechtle has five direct subsidiaries across DACH as well as shares in around 100 companies, contributing to its leading position in Germany within the industry.
12. Indra Sistemas (Spain) - $3.8B
Indra Sistemas, SA (further Indra) is the second largest IT company in Spain in terms of sales in 2018 according to the Global Database platform data. It provides IT services, systems and consulting for the defence, transport, telecommunications, energy and other fields. Almost 43,000 of Indra's employees serve clients mainly in the US, Europe and LatAm. These three regions brought around 30% of the company's annual sales of $3.8B. Spain contributed to the rest.
13. Dassault Systèmes (France) - $3.59B
Dassault Systèmes SE (further Dassault) is a software and programming enterprise from France, operating as 3D design, as well as digital mock-up developer. It also creates PLM (project lifecycle management) software for its local and international clients. Dassault operates three main sites in Europe, North America and Asia bolstered by 11 subsidiaries across these continents. The company is the biggest software publisher in France by revenue, five times ahead of the 2nd biggest one. Dassault sales and market cap for 2018 reached $3.59B and $34.6B respectively.
14. Agfa-Gevaert (Belgium) - $2.47B
Agfa-Gevaert NV (further Agfa) is a Belgian-German international IT and imaging holding. Agfa works with analogue and digital imaging products at a full-cycle basis - from development to distribution. Over 10,000 professionals from Agfa are serving clients via company's offices and manufacturing plants in 40 countries and partners network elsewhere. All the commerce Agfa currently has is fully B2B. It brought $2.47B in sales in 2018.
15. Wirecard (Germany) - $2.31B
Wirecard AG (further Wirecard) is a software & programming company from Germany, operating as financial services and IT provider across all the continents. Almost 6,000 professionals the company employs are serving clients via 19 subsidiaries in 15 countries. Wirecard cooperates with near 250,000 companies like Allianz and Qatar Airways to provide high-quality electronic payment solutions and risk management services. This cooperation has borne nice fruits, like $2.21B in annual sales and $18B market cap in 2018.