As businesses across the world and across industries head to the cloud to drive innovation and accelerate operations, 5 cloud vendors stand out as the most-influential in the world: #1 Microsoft, #2 Amazon, #3 Salesforce, #4 SAP, and a new addition to list: #5 Oracle.
These companies are driving not only new cloud technologies but also helping tens of thousands of business customers undergo and benefit from digital transformation to become more customer-centric, create new revenue streams, and develop new products and services more quickly.
Oracle jumped aboard earlier this week on the strength of its very positive fiscal Q4 results overall and in particular for the emergence of its Autonomous Database as a driver of significant revenue for the company.
The Rise of Oracle’s Revolutionary Autonomous Database
The majority of businesses around the world run on the Oracle Database, and as they move to the cloud many are likely to shift at least some of their workloads to Autonomous Database, which is self-monitoring, self-patching, and self-updating. (Please see How Oracle Is Becoming a Cloud Powerhouse: Larry Ellison’s All-In Bet on Autonomous Database.)
On top of that, Oracle’s SaaS business continues to win big numbers of new customers, particularly in the highly strategic Cloud ERP space.
And there’s one more reason Oracle hopped over IBM into the Top 5: it had the wisdom, courage and self-interest to agree to a broad “cloud-interconnect” deal with market leader Microsoft to make it easier for customers to run clouds from both companies easily, securely, and compatibly.
For the four companies ranked above Oracle, here are some recent highlights that outline why they’ve earned those lofty positions:
#1 Microsoft’s Strategy, Innovation and Execution Are Second to None
- Why Microsoft Is #1 in the Cloud: 10 Ways It’s Getting Bigger, Stronger, Better
- Microsoft Is Helping Turn the SaaS Market Upside-Down
- Microsoft-Oracle Shocker: Customers Win as #1 and #6 Vendors Pair Up
- Microsoft Manufacturing Customers Reveal Secret Sauce of Digital Transformation
#2 Amazon’s AWS Unit Continues to Be Category King in Infrastructure
- Amazon CFO Touts Big AWS Wins at Volkswagen, Ford and Lyft
- Why Customers Love AWS: Enabling Major Transformation at Guardian Life
- Hypergrowth in the Cloud: Microsoft, AWS, and SAP Q1 Revenues Soar 41%
#3 Salesforce Maintains Massive Momentum in CRM
- Salesforce 2018 CRM Market Share Topped SAP, Oracle and Adobe—Combined!
- Arms Race in the Cloud: Google, IBM, Salesforce, SAP Lock In on Data
- Attention Workday, SAP and Oracle: Is Salesforce Jumping into HCM?
- Salesforce’s New Strategy: All-In on ‘Customer 360,’ Powered by MuleSoft
#4 SAP Cloud Growth Tops 40%, Qualtrics Deal Transforms Company
- SAP and Qualtrics’ $1.6-Trillion Opportunity: Exclusive Talk with SAP CEO Bill McDermott
- SAP and Microsoft Revolutionize the Cloud Market
- SAP’s Brilliant Transformation: And They’ve Only Just Begun
- Understanding the New SAP: 10 Key Insights as Sapphire 2019 Kicks Off
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, SAP, IBM, and Oracle were clients of Evans Strategic Communications Inc.
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