Microsoft says that its cloud migrations are 5X cheaper than Amazon's

Why Microsoft and Not Amazon Is #1 in Cloud: Migrations Are 5X Cheaper

January 10, 2020
Microsoft’s long-time expertise with on-premises technology has helped it deliver cloud migrations that are often 5X less expensive than those offered by cloud-native archrival AWS, according to a Microsoft executive. Speaking at an investors conference last month, Microsoft corporate vice-president for cloud marketing Takeshi Numoto offered the following perspective on the dynamics involved when large
Cloud Wars analyzes Microsoft Azure reliability, a challenge for 2020

Microsoft’s Most-Dangerous Challenge in 2020

January 2, 2020
While my #1 Cloud Wars story from 2019 is Microsoft’s excellent chance of topping $50 billion in cloud revenue for its fiscal 2020, the biggest threat to that achievement is an internal issue the company’s working hard to address. And that near-existential threat is the level of reliability of its Azure cloud. Six months ago,
Cloud Wars CEO of the Year 2019 Thomas Kurian

The CEO of the Year Is Google Cloud’s Thomas Kurian

December 9, 2019
Since taking over as CEO at Google Cloud in January 2019, Thomas Kurian has relentlessly exhorted his company to complement its superb technology with a deep sense of empathy for customers’ problems and their aspirations. Driving that type of cultural change is enormously challenging in any environment, and particularly so in an organization as large
Salesforce pivots to data with Mulesoft and Tableau

Salesforce, Pivoting to Data, Showcases Game-Changers MuleSoft and Tableau

December 5, 2019
While the Salesforce story usually centers on its high-growth CRM clouds, company executives are lavishing extreme praise on the recent acquisitions of MuleSoft and Tableau for transforming Marc Benioff’s company into a truly strategic player. In Salesforce’s fiscal Q3 earnings call this week, Benioff and his colleagues appropriately highlighted excellent growth numbers for their Sales,

IBM Cloud Unleashes its True Competitive Advantage: Tech Plus Industry Expertise

November 7, 2019
Blending technological and industry prowess that few if any competitors can match, IBM is fully exploiting its financial-services expertise by creating that industry’s first public-cloud platform with Bank of America as an anchor tenant. This superior combination of extensive cloud-computing capabilities with several decades of experience in managing mission-critical workloads for financial institutions across the
Why Customer Success Must be More Than a Slogan for Software Companies

Why “Customer Success” Must Be More Than a Slogan | Uphoff on Industry

September 24, 2019
Each month, Tony Uphoff, visionary CEO of Thomasnet.com, joins Cloud Wars Live for a recurring segment. “Uphoff on Industry” will explore the innovations, upheavals, and breakthroughs reshaping the the world of manufacturing and industrial markets. Join Tony and me as we discuss disruptive new trends in the digital-industrial world. These include how we design, source and manufacture
Oracle Open World news

Oracle Apps in Transformation: Big Numbers, News Coming at Open World

September 12, 2019
With Oracle’s huge Open World customer conference coming next week in San Francisco, a LinkedIn blog post last night from applications leader Steve Miranda offered some compelling glimpses into what business customers can expect. I’ll get to the broader list in a moment. First, I wanted to look at with two revelations from Miranda that
Salesforce new ad campaign

Salesforce Demolishing “B2C” and “B2B” with Slick New Ad Campaign

September 11, 2019
Boiling down its meteoric 20-year history and vast product line to “We Bring Companies and Customers Together,” Salesforce has launched a new advertising and marketing campaign that will further obliterate the archaic models of B2C and B2B. In a blog post this morning, Salesforce CMO Stephanie Buscemi wrote, “Over the last six months, we’ve done
Oracle and Salesforce talk about customers in very different ways

Hey Oracle: 3 Lessons from Salesforce on Talking about Customers

August 29, 2019
In the Cloud Wars, earnings calls have become not only a formal disclosure of financial results but also a window into the strategic heart, mind and soul of these deeply transformative and world-changing companies. So I find it fascinating to observe the language leaders of the Cloud Wars Top 10 use as they make the
Salesforce and SAP compete for customer-experience leadership

Salesforce vs. SAP: Who Will Lead the Customer-Experience Revolution?

August 26, 2019
While every Salesforce earnings call is a superlative-loaded celebration of unbridled enthusiasm and buoyant celebration for cofounder and co-CEO Marc Benioff, the one last week announcing the company’s first $4-billion quarter approached messianic rapture. “We’re at the beginning of an enormous wave of digital transformation... And Salesforce is at the center of this massive shift