Modesty is an uncommon virtue among software vendors. It doesn't matter what part of the technology market they represent — customer experience, digital marketing, social business, web content management systems ....

Everyone claims to be the best, either overall or at least in some niche of its market. And everyone claims to be growing — fast, faster, fastest of anyone in the market.

Now how is that possible? More importantly, how can you validate these growth claims?

It's a tedious, messy job. But someone has to do it. And fortunately, in this case, Deloitte stepped up to the task.

About This List

Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 is a listing of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. For the nineteenth consecutive year, the software sector has been the most visible on this list, with over 230 companies being from this space alone.

We sifted through the list to focus specifically on software companies, since we figured they are likely the most interesting to the CMSWire audience.

Odds are you'll agree. There are a lot of familiar names among the 100 fastest growing software companies on the list, including Rocket Fuel, Acquia, Cloudera, Marketo and TubeMogel.

Acquia, not surprisingly to anyone who knows much about the company, already issued a press release about its ranking. (We told you modesty is a rare virtue in this industry.) 

Acquia saw five-year sales growth of more than 4,900 percent and ranked 35 overall on the list. It's the second consecutive year that Acquia has been included on the Fast 500. It ranked second overall in 2013.

But 17 software vendors had even better five year growth rates than Acquia. MobileIron, for instance, a provider of mobile enterprise security, had an unbelievable five-year growth rate: 123,678 percent!

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and find out which software companies can justifiably claim the most rapid growth. We list the leaders chronologically, along with their overall ranking on the 2014 Technology Fast 500 and their growth rate from 2009 through 2013.

And the Winners Are ...

Overall Rank Company Name Country Growth Rate
1 MobileIron US 123678%
3 Twilio US 25248%
4 Phunware US 17716%
5 Apigee US 17384%
7 Shopify Canada 16759%
9 Dejero Labs Inc. Canada 14299%
11 QuickMobile Canada 12332%
15 Rocket Fuel US 10113%
17 FireEye, Inc. US 9745%
18 Bill.com US 9581%
19 New Relic US 8365%
22 Act-On Software US 6980%
25 Limeade US 6813%
30 ScribbleLive Canada 5857%
32 Clio Canada 5499%
33 360incentives Canada 5339%
34 Robots and Pencils Canada 4971%
35 Acquia US 4949%
36 Cloudera US 4439%
37 Starfish Retention Solutions US 4337%
38 TeleSign US 4180%
42 Puppet Labs US 3832%
44 Promevo US 3668%
46 Palo Alto Networks US 2867%
48 Greenphire US 2782%
52 Veeva Systems US 2478%
53 Coupa US 2463%
54 EngagePoint US 2338%
56 HireVue US 2316%
58 Clearleap US 2265%
61 Panopto US 2103%
62 EagleView Technologies US 2102%
63 ServiceNow US 2099%
64 Apptio US 2098%
67 Marketo US 2042%
68 TubeMogul US 1939%
70 iboss US 1859%
72 Sharethrough US 1826%
76 Malwarebytes US 1653%
78 BoomTown US 1616%
81 BrightRoll US 1514%
85 Ontraport US 1398%
86 Borderfree US 1344%
87 Mixpo US 1340%
89 ColdLight US 1310%
93 Firmex Canada 1268%
94 BioIQ US 1261%
95 Code42 US 1213%
98 Diligent Board Member Services US 1195%
99 Actua US 1184%
100 Tableau Software US 1182%
102 Cherwell Software US 1172%
104 Nexgen US 1142%
105 Skytap US 1141%
106 Securefact Canada 1135%
110 HubSpot US 1074%
111 Box US 1053%
114 Kareo US 1040%
117 ActivEngage US 1025%
118 Textura US 1022%
119 Splunk US 996%
120 Clarity Software Solutions US 995%
121 Transactis US 984%
122 Workday US 984%
125 C3 Systems US 968%
126 Avigilon Corporation Canada 956%
127 Marin Software US 927%
128 Backblaze US 917%
130 Black Mountain Systems US 908%
131 MuleSoft US 903%
132 Jobvite US 865%
133 Zafin Canada 865%
134 VIZIYA Canada 851%
135 Geoforce US 850%
139 LLamasoft US 830%
146 Apttus US 771%
149 Miovision Technologies Canada 749%
152 Achievers Canada 727%
153 RealMatch US 701%
155 Contact At Once! US 691%
162 Appnovation Technologies Canada 654%
165 Netwrix  US 642%
170 Damballa US 617%
171 InsideView Technologies US 608%
172 AlienVault US 605%
175 kCura US 599%
178 Saylent US 593%
180 Atlas RFID Solutions US 581%
181 Kinnser Software US 580%
182 Avangate US 578%
187 SCIO Health Analytics US 552%
188 HealthEquity US 537%
189 Cornerstone OnDemand US 531%
190 JAMF Software US 530%
191 SevOne US 524%
193 Billhighway US 523%
194 Lone Star Analysis US 522%
195 Paymentus Corporation Canada 517%
197 CDYNE Corporation US 504%
198 Unitrends US 504%