Thomas Kurian of Google Cloud and Satya Nadella of Microsoft
Thomas Kurian of Google Cloud and Satya Nadella of Microsoft

Q3 Cloud Forecasts: Microsoft $20.5B, Amazon $15.3B, Google $5.2B, IBM $7.3B

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(UPDATE: Dear readers: I’ve updated this article to reflect a new Q3 revenue projection for Google Cloud because in the original version, I used the wrong quarterly figure upon which to base my projection. I’m very sorry for the error.)

 

As the world’s top cloud-computing vendors ride the digital surge and help drive the digital revolution, I’m predicting the following Q3 cloud-revenue figures: Microsoft $20.5 billion, Amazon $15.3 billion, Google $5.2 billion, and IBM $7.3 billion.

On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, Microsoft is #1, Amazon is #2, Google is #3, and IBM is #9. (Revenue is only one of the factors that determine the rankings.)

A bit more detail on those estimates—they’re actually guesses, but people like me who make these guesses call them “estimates” to create the illusion of superior insight—including growth rates:

SAP has already released preliminary Q3 results, with cloud revenue up 20% to $2.77 billion. Within that number, S/4HANA Cloud had a particularly strong quarter as we detailed in Mocked by Oracle, SAP Cloud ERP Revenue Jumps 46%; Backlog Up 60%.

ServiceNow will also be reporting Q3 results later this month. Bill McDermott’s company has been among the fastest-growing of all the Cloud Wars Top 10 companies and I expect them to report that Q3 cloud revenue has risen 36% to $1.5 billion from the year-ago $1.1 billion.

The other four companies in the Cloud Wars Top 10—Salesforce, Oracle, Workday, and Snowflake—do not report on the calendar quarters, and we’ll offer estimates of them as their earnings dates approach.

Disclosure: at the time of this writing, Microsoft, Google Cloud, and SAP were among the many clients of Cloud Wars Media, Dynamic Communities, and/or Evans Strategic Communications LLC.

 

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