The State of B2B Germany Tech in 2019

Brynne Ramella
Brynne Ramella  |  June 26, 2019

If I say Germany, you likely think of luxury cars and dark beer; not a bad reputation to have.

Well, you should add one more thing to that list — a rising and thriving tech scene. In fact, this country has the ingredients to one day rise to the top of Europe’s tech world.

The State of European Tech 2017 reported, “The UK and Germany are viewed as the two countries best positioned within Europe to build world-leading positions in key deep tech fields.” Germany dominates in fields such as cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, robotics, virtual reality and augmented reality. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, as Germany has been planting the seeds to become a tech powerhouse for years.

Three of Europe’s top 10 computer science-focused universities are located in German cities — Munich, Karlsruhe and Aachen. Germany is also “the #2 destination behind the UK for migrants into the tech industry.” (Atomico) And as Atomico writes, talent is the most important piece of any tech ecosystem. Therefore, Germany is a breeding ground for talent waiting to burst onto the scene.

The heart of that talent lies in Berlin. As of March 2018, the city is home to more than 2,500 startups. In 2015, companies in Berlin raised €2.4 billion in venture capital funding, which is more than London or Stockholm — two leaders in Europe’s tech scene. As written in Wired, some believe that Brexit will ultimately have a positive impact on Berlin’s tech scene, as some of the talent is looking to leave the U.K. and, eventually, settle in Berlin.

With Germany quickly rising through the ranks of Europe’s tech scene, we have pulled together a list of all of the top-rated products on G2 which have parent companies headquartered or located in Germany. Our list is ranked by user satisfaction of a company’s top-rated product. To qualify, a product was required to have at least 10 verified real-user reviews.

For each qualifying product, we created a company profile to recognize what that company is and does, as well as give a little insight into its history. The data relies on G2 ’s nearly 750,000 B2B software and services reviews, or from publicly-made available data sources such as LinkedIn or each vendor’s website. The report features 25 B2B German software companies which are represented with more than 4,800 verified user reviews across categories from Live Chat Software to Social Media Management to Video Editing Software. Let’s take a look at the major players in Germany’s tech scene, shall we?

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Note: Only software vendors on G2 with headquarters currently in Germany are included in graph.

The Best German Tech Companies in 2019 

sap

1. SAP

Product: Concur
Category: Expense Management
City: Walldorf
Founded: 1972
Employees: 107,784

Concur is the highest-rated product from SAP, which is by far Germany’s largest software vendor and one of the biggest tech companies in the world. Concur is a travel, expense and invoice product, acquired by SAP in 2014. While most vendors on this list have just one product on G2 , SAP has 66 with more than 3,400 total reviews. As an enterprise company, SAP has offices in more than 130 countries.


maxon

2. MAXON

Product: Cinema 4D
Category: 3D Modeling
City: Friedrichsdorf
Founded: 1985
Employees: 99

Cinema 4D is a 3D modeling platform that can be used for feature films, commercials, music videos and more. With a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on G2 , this platform was named a High Performer in its category for Summer 2016. Companies such as The Walt Disney Company, BMW, Sony Pictures and NBC rely on Cinema 4D for their workflows.


teamviewer

3. TeamViewer

Product: TeamViewer
Category: Remote Desktop
City: Goppingen
Founded: 2005
Employees: 354

If you have ever had a member of your IT support team take control of your computer to solve an issue, they’ve done so through remote desktop software. TeamViewer allows you to do that quickly and securely. This German-based product was ranked a High Performer in its category for Summer 2018. It also boasts an impressive 300-plus reviews on G2 , which makes it the second-most-reviewed Germany-based business on G2 .


travis-ci

 4. Travis CI

 Product: Travis CI
Category: 
Continuous Integration
City: 
Berlin
Founded: 
2011
Employees: 
37

Travis CI is a continuous integration platform that was ranked a High Performer for Winter 2018 on G2 . Sync your GitHub projects with this solution to begin testing your code. Travis CI allows you to pull requests and deploy anywhere.


arangodb

5. ArangoDB

Product: ArangoDB
Category: Graph Database
City: Cologne
Founded: 2014
Employees: 27

Deploy and scale your projects with ArangoDB. It is a distributed, free and open-source native multi-model database. This solution offers a flexible data model for documents, graphs and key values. ArangoDB has locations in Germany, San Francisco, New York and London. The platform was also named one of the best free database software tools of 2018 by real users.


meisterplan

6. Meisterplan

Product: Meisterplan
Category: Project Management
City: Tuebingen
Founded: 1999
Employees: 120

Meisterplan is a cloud software for project portfolio management and resource management. The platform was ranked as a High Performer for Fall 2018 in Project Management on G2 . The cloud tool enables users to align the project portfolio to their strategy, keep track of budgets, better plan resources and understand complex dependencies between projects.

“At Meisterplan, we constantly strive to improve people’s lives as they work on projects – making sure organizations work on topics that make sense, that they have an overall plan that can actually be achieved by their employees, and their teams can use the work management tools they love. Thank you G2 for including us in your list of top rated technologies from Germany. We appreciate the recognition, and are excited going forward as we grow and develop our product to better serve our customers in Europe, North America and around the world.” 
 
– Christoph Hirnle, CEO of Meisterplan

userlike

7. Userlike

Product: Userlike 
Category: Live Chat
City: Cologne
Founded: 2011
Employees: 30

 A live chat tool is a great way to connect directly with your customers. The German-based Userlike gets that job done for more than 1,000 companies such as Nivea, Harvard and BMW. It was ranked a High Performer in the Live Chat category on G2 for Fall 2018.

“German products have always had a great reputation. German service… not so much. But that’s finally changing, and it feels great to play a part in that. Through chat, we help to make customer service fast, personal, informal – and fun. A verified review site like G2 is immensely valuable to balance our vision with user feedback. G2’s reviews don’t only help users to find us, they also help us in developing a better product.” 
 
– Timoor Taufig, CEO of Userlike

 


siemens

8. Siemens

Product: Solid Edge
Category: Product Design
City: Munich
Founded: 1996
Employees: 184k

Solid Edge is a product and machine design tool. It is a complete 2D/3D CAD system that uses synchronous technology for quick design and accelerated changes. Solid Edge’s parent company, Siemens, has office locations all over the world.


chartmogul

9. ChartMogul

Product: ChartMogul
Category: Data Visualization
City: Berlin
Founded: 2014
Employees: 21

If you need to run a subscription business on data, look no further than ChartMogul. It is a data visualization tool that can pull reports and analytics for your SaaS or subscription business. The company was founded in Berlin in 2014. Don’t let its small stature of 20 employees fool you — ChartMogul has already analyzed over 100 million subscriptions.

“We’re extremely pleased to be featured as a top tech startup in Germany. When I was considering where to place ChartMogul’s headquarters, Berlin was a natural choice given its thriving startup ecosystem and healthy talent pool. Being able to bring the right people on board while keeping operating costs low (thanks to the reasonable cost of living in Berlin!) has enabled us to invest in building out a robust subscription analytics platform that our customers can depend on as their source of truth.” 
 
– Nick Franklin, CEO of ChartMogul

ableton

10. Ableton

Product: Ableton Live
Category: Audio Editing
City: Berlin
Founded: 1999
Employees: 343

 Musicians, take note — Ableton Live is an audio editing platform that makes solutions for Live, Push and Link software and hardware for writing and recording music. That means it has all aspects of the modern music-making process covered. Many people behind this Berlin-based product are musicians and DJs as well.


software-ag

11. Software AG

Product: webMethods
Category: Data Integration
City: Darmstadt
Founded: 1969
Employees: 3,149

This is an on-premise data integration tool that enables enterprises to quickly integrate systems, services, devices, data and more to provide new business value and improve performance. This product offers multiple solutions to cater to the specific integration that your business needs.


ignite-realtime

12. Ignite Realtime

Product: Ignite Spark
Category: Team Collaboration
City: n/a
Founded: n/a
Employees: Open Source

Spark is an open-source team collaboration tool with a built-in group chat component and strong security. Spark’s parent company, Ignite Realtime, is one of the most active open-source communities composed of end-users, developers and service providers.


quintly

13. quintly

Product: quintly
Category: Social Media Analytics
City: Cologne
Founded: 2011
Employees: 33

 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn users alike can benefit from using this social media analytics tool. quintly combines all your data in a single platform, allowing you to visualize the entirety of your social media success. This platform was ranked a High Performer in the Social Media Analytics category on G2 for Winter 2018.


jam-software

14. Jam Software

Product: Treesize
Category: Other Development
City: Trier
Founded: 1997
Employees: 33

Treesize is a powerful hard disk space manager for all Windows versions and client/server versions supported by Microsoft. This solution will allow you to manage/clean up disk space, perform a duplicate file search, visualize disk space usage and more.

“If someone would ask me, what am I most proud of regarding JAM software solutions, I would immediately answer, it’s the amazing 99.9% customer satisfaction rate. I think, it demonstrates best the high quality of our software and the individual support we provide to our customers.” 
 
– Joachim Marder, Managing Director at JAM Software

twentyZen

15. twentyZen

Product: webZunder
Category: Social Media Suites
City: Dresden
Founded: 2012
Employees: 8

This social media suite proved its worth by recently ranking as a High Performer in the Social Media Suite category on G2 for Winter 2018. webZunder is a lean social media tool geared toward small and mid-sized companies. No previous social media knowledge is needed to operate this tool.


SimScale

16. SimScale GmbH

Product: SimScale
Category: CAE
City: Munich
Founded: 2012
Employees: 52

SimScale is a computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool that provides access to engineering simulations in the world through your web browser. Users can perform CFD, FEA, thermodynamics, acoustics and particle analyses with this platform.


Ubermetrics-Technologies

17. Ubermetrics

Product: Ubermetrics Delta
Category: Social Media Monitoring
City: Berlin
Founded: 2011
Employees: 27

If your business does not have at least one social media channel, you will fall out of touch with your customers. Ubermetrics Delta offers social media monitoring so that you may stay part of the conversation.


18. Gurock Software

Product: TestRail
Category: Software Testing
City: Berlin
Founded: 2004
Employees: 9

Quality check your software testing efforts with TestRail. This Berlin-based company makes it easy to create test cases, manage test runs, and coordinate your testing process. TestRail was named a High Performer in the Software Testing category on G2 for Summer 2018.

“G2 is one of the most respected tech review sites, and we’re proud to be included in their top rated software list. As applications proliferate and increase in complexity, quality testing is more important than ever. Our TestRail team continues to push the boundaries of test management to optimize productivity, and it’s gratifying to receive this kind of industry recognition for our efforts.” 
 
– Chris O’Connell, Sr. Director of Marketing at Gurock Software

 
 
 
intland

19. Intland Software

Product: codeBeamer
Category: ALM Suites
City: Stuttgart
Founded: 1999
Employees: 35

 

codeBeamer is an application lifecycle management tool that covers all parts of the development process. Manage risk, testing and DevOps with this tool. These functions allow you to develop quality products quickly. This German-based product has been implemented within more than 100 medium and large accounts across European and U.S. markets.


magix

20. Magix AG

Product: VEGAS Pro
Category: Video Editing
City: Berlin
Founded: 1993
Employees: 171

This video editing tool makes it easy to import and edit media. The mission of this Berlin-based company is to provide all editors with the tools perfectly suited to their needs. Vegas PRO’s parent company MAGIX is the market leader in multimedia software in Germany and many other European markets.


1-1

21. 1&1

Product: 1&1
Category: Website Hosting
City: Maintal
Founded: 1988
Employees: 2,138

If your business needs a website, you need somewhere to host it. 1&1 has you covered. This organization celebrates its 20th birthday in 2018, which means its team is seasoned enough to provide you with the e-business and web hosting you need. 1&1 is one of the world’s leading internet providers, with more than 13.45 million customer contracts.


cleverbridge

22. cleverbridge

Product: cleverbridge
Category: E-Commerce Platforms
City: Cologne
Founded: 2005
Employees: 230

cleverbridge offers e-commerce solutions for digital goods and online services. This tool simplifies recurring billing, optimizes the customer experience and more. cleverbridge is headquartered in Cologne, Germany, and has additional offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Tokyo.

“As digital businesses grow (especially globally), they experience the limitations and pains of their start-up phase payment service provider that often result in a poor customer experience, missed revenue opportunities or higher-than-expected costs. Our G2 top rated list selection validates this point and cleverbridge’s efforts over the last 12 years to consistently be the leading all-in-one global ecommerce solution to acquire more customers, expand internationally and build online revenue.” 
 
– Christian Blume, CEO of cleverbridge

owncloud

24. ownCloud

Product: ownCloud
Category: Team Collaboration
City: Nuremberg
Founded: 2011
Employees: 59

Although it’s only been around for six years, ownCloud has already secured more than $9 million in funding. This business content management tool provides location-independent cloud storage for data. It currently sits at a 4.0 out of 5 star rating on G2 .


mamp

25. appsolute

Product: MAMP
Category: Screen & Video Capture
City: Wörth am Rhein
Founded: 2009
Employees: 7

appsolute GmbH provides both business services for the development of apps for mobile app marketplaces, as well as a software provider behind tools such as MAMP. The company’s first app was iLiga, a mobile app for soccer fans in Germany which skyrocketed to the #1 most popular download of the German App Store. Since then, the company has grown from one employee to seven, has a dedicated space in Wörth am Rhein and had over 300 million freemium and paid app downloads in 2018.


OTHER B2B GERMAN TECH COMPANIES

While we recognized only the best 25 SaaS companies in Germany, there are still an abundance of other B2B tech companies impacting the German tech scene. Here’s a rundown of other German B2B software companies with their founded dates and total funding. 


Company

Product(s)

Founded

Funding
Abas Abas ERP 1980 n/a
AdTriba AdTriba 2015 €50,000
AnyDesk Software AnyDesk 2014 n/a
Acuvent Acuvent 2006 n/a
Avira Avira Endpoint Security 1986 n/a
Babbel Babbel 2007 $33,300,000
Baqend Baqend 2014 n/a
BeamYourScreen BeamYourScreen 2004 n/a
BrandMaker BrandMaker 1999 $30,000,000
GFT Cardinis 1980 n/a
cloudControl cloudControl 2009 Acquired (Exoscale)
Conceptboard Conceptboard 2010 n/a
Contentful Contentful 2011 $44,800,000
Converve Converve Event 2000 n/a
Cronforce cronforce 2014 n/a
Steinberg Media Cubase 1984 n/a
DataLion DataLion 2014 n/a
datapine datapine 2012 $3,000,000
Deckard AI Deckard AI 2016 n/a
Deutsche Telekom Deutsche Telekom AG 1995 IPO
ecratum ecratum 2013 n/a
Facelift Facelift Cloud 2011 n/a
FastBill GmbH FastBill 2007 n/a
Filestage Filestage 2014 n/a
Fournova Git Tower 2010 n/a
Intershop Communications AG Intershop Commerce Suite 1992 n/a
Jedox Jedox 2002 $15,878,191
LiveZilla LiveZilla 2009 n/a
parolu parolu 2014 Acquired (Global Payments)
Paymill Paymill 2012 Acquired (Klik & Pay)
PhraseApp PhraseApp.com 2012 n/a
Paessler AG PRTG 1997 n/a
QuantifiedCode QuantifiedCode 2014 n/a
Regiondo Regiondo 2011 n/a
datenwerke ReportServer 2012 n/a
SECDASH SECDASH 2015 n/a
Shore GmbH Shore 2012 €11,550,000
Matrix42 Silverback by Matrix42 1992 Acquired (EMERAM Capital Partners)
Slideflight Slideflight 2015 n/a
Small Improvements Small Improvements 2015 n/a
Univention Univention Corporate Server 2002 n/a
VIENNA Advantage VIENNA Advantage 2004 n/a
Adversign Media viewneo 2008 n/a
Axonic Informationssysteme GmbH Zenkit 2003 n/a
This post was originally published in December 2017 and has been updated with new data as of June 2019
 

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Brynne is the Buyer Inquiry Team Lead at G2 Crowd. In addition to writing, she leads the research specialists in providing personalized software and services recommendations to buyers. She wishes she had interesting hobbies to include in this bio.