Forbes has announced its list of leading cloud computing in 2016. Messaging app provider Slack was ranked as the number one private company, with notable Cloud Awards and SaaS Awards finalists making the list.

Recent Netskope research also placed the top contender among the top 20 cloud apps used by businesses, and finished ahead of cloud storage firm Dropbox at number two, and electronic signature provider and 2016 SaaS Awards finalist DocuSign, at number three, respectively. Online payments company Stripe and data management platform Cloudera completed the top five.

The research was produced with Salesforce Ventures and Bessemer Venture Partners, aiming to ‘recognise cloud companies for the financial health and growth of their business’. Hundreds of submissions were presented to 27 public-cloud CEOs who assessed the suitability of candidates to make the final report.

Related research from Glassdoor and Battery Ventures took a wider perspective on success, with employees’ opinions and ‘a positive business outlook’ taken into account; here, DocuSign fared best out of the companies which topped the Forbes research, with a 90% positive outlook rating overall, and a significant 97% approval rating for DocuSign CEO Keith Krach.

Byron Deeter, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, said: “The Forbes Cloud 100 companies represent the very best private companies in cloud computing. We will see big IPOs and category killers emerge from this list as cloud computing continues to propel the trillion-dollar software industry.”

Source: Cloud Computing News