Oracle’s Larry Ellison Bet the Company On Autonomous Database—And Odds Just Improved

February 26, 2019

For more than a year, Oracle founder Larry Ellison has been aggressively touting the virtues of the company’s self-driving Autonomous Database—even stating it is one of two products that will “determine the future of the company”—but very little has been heard from customers using the new database. So I got quite a shock the other

C-Suite Priorities

C-Suite Priorities in the Digital Age | Wayne Sadin on Digital Strategy

February 26, 2019
Each month, "Wayne Sadin on Digital Strategy" episodes will explore the fast-changing and high-stakes world of digital business, with a focus on what CEOs and boards must do to lead their companies successfully into the Digital Age. Today, we talk about evolving priorities for boards of directors and the C-suite in the digital age. Episode 2

CEO Priorities: What Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce and SAP Leaders Are Talking About

February 20, 2019

Now that we’re 50 days into 2019, which priorities and initiatives are top of mind for the Cloud Wars CEOs and other leaders of the cloud companies driving one of the biggest growth markets the tech industry and the business world have ever seen? In combination, the current outlooks from the CEOs of Microsoft, Amazon

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Cloud Wars CEO of the Year 2018: Amazon Web Services’ Andy Jassy

February 11, 2019
To get a sense of how big, fast-growing and disruptive Amazon’s cloud business is, try this: just its revenue growth in 2018—not its total revenue, but rather the $8-billion increase from 2017’s $17.5 billion to last year’s $25.6 billion—would make it the fifth-largest enterprise cloud vendor in the world. That excellent ongoing growth, Amazon’s longtime

Google Cloud Sees “Really Nice Uptick” in $100 Million Deals

February 7, 2019

While parent company Alphabet continues to decline to offer specific details about the revenue totals or growth rates for its Google Cloud business, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat this week disclosed that Google Cloud has had some number of $100-million-plus deals and is one of the fastest-growing businesses within Alphabet. “We’re also seeing a really nice

Inside ServiceNow’s Boom: The Rise of Digital Workflows

February 6, 2019

While ServiceNow continues to grab lots of well-earned attention for its steep revenue growth, the really interesting story for the company is how it’s creating an entirely new category within the crowded SaaS marketplace by interconnecting the siloed workflows that other SaaS products are creating. As ServiceNow posted Q4 revenue growth of 35% and projected ongoing

New Cloud Wars Q&A with IBM explores what it means to be the "most-open" cloud

Why CEOs Must Set Digital Mandate | Wayne Sadin on Digital Strategy

January 30, 2019
Each month, "Wayne Sadin on Digital Strategy" episodes will explore the fast-changing and high-stakes world of digital business, with a focus on what CEOs and boards must do to lead their companies successfully into the Digital Age. Today, we talk about why CEOs must set the digital mandate. Episode 1 Wayne and I discuss the appropriate
SAP Using Blockbuster Qualtrics Deal Customer

SAP CEO Bill McDermott: Qualtrics Is ‘Biggest Growth Opportunity I’ve Ever Seen’

January 30, 2019

SAP, the iconic enterprise-software company that created the ERP market to help companies optimize internal operations, is now looking to turn the business-software industry upside-down by also becoming the world leader in the external realm of consumer sentiment, expectations and experience. If SAP can do that, the company has a very good chance to move

Oracle ‘Volunteers’ To Grow Applications Business by 1,700%, Says CEO Mark Hurd

January 16, 2019

Not long after Larry Ellison revealed that Oracle is betting the company on two products—its new Autonomous Database and its Cloud ERP applications—CEO Mark Hurd has tripled down on that wager by claiming that Oracle is gunning to own 50% of the massive enterprise-apps market. Now, while there’s no question that executives in the high-growth