There’s an app for almost everything today, and in many cases hundreds of apps have overlapping functionality. With so many choices, it can be difficult to discover the right app, or to keep up with the latest trends in technology. But over time, people tend to gravitate toward applications that offer the most value and best fit while discontinuing their use of apps that don’t.
It is this idea that led us to think that, by measuring usage patterns across thousands of cloud services for over 15 million users, we could help identify the up-and-coming solutions that are on the path to mainstream adoption based on their growth rates. Rather than trying to curate a list of the top apps based on various marketing claims, why not leverage hard data and look at which apps people are actually using?
The top 10 list
To compile the list we looked at active users for over 10,000 services in our Cloud Registry across over 15 million users from Q3 to Q4 of 2014. We then calculated growth rates for each of these services and ranked them, excluding services that didn’t meet a minimum threshold of users . (ie we don’t include apps that grew 800% from 1 to 7 users).
The fastest-growing cloud services on the list have doubled the number of active users in a single quarter, and if they continue their growth, they could rival more established players in the years to come. If you have a project or need in one of these categories it’s worth looking at these apps given how quickly they’re attracting users.
Todoist is a to-do list and task manager that lets you access tasks anywhere and collaborate on tasks with other people. With projects, sub-tasks, and filters, you can stay on top of your work and be more productive.
Loggly is a cloud-based log management and analytics service that helps DevOps and technical teams make sense of massive volumes logs in order to solve operational problems faster.
ToutApp is the leading sales communications platform offering salespeople email tracking, templates, and real-time analytics to increase productivity and help close more deals in less time.
ONTRAPORT provides a business and marketing automation platform with CRM, marketing, payments, partners, and support functionality to help entrepreneurs scale their companies.
ProjectPlace is a collaboration platform and is also the only service on the list to receive the highest Skyhigh CloudTrust Rating of Enterprise Ready, demonstrating a company can invest in both growth and security.
Join.me is an online meeting solution that lets you share screens, record presentations, and annotate screens, whether your participants are on desktop or mobile.
CloudSponge lets you refer friends to use an app by importing their addresses from popular webmail services including Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail and desktop address books such as Outlook and Mac OS X.
Lumosity offers delightful games designed by neuroscientists to help improve and test cognitive ability that work across the web, Android, and iOS.
Behance offers creative professionals an online platform to showcase their branding, fashion, graphic design, and web design work, and companies a way to find creative professionals worldwide.
Waze is a community-driven traffic and navigation app. You can leverage real-time community reported alerts including accidents, hazards, and police traps and receive directions to avoid traffic.