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The Next Snowflake? Two Highfliers Raise $452M in Red-Hot Cloud Database Market

June 24, 2021
Almost half a billion dollars in new funding is going to two database vendors — Neo4j and Firebolt —as investors look for the next Snowflake in the red-hot, $50 billion database market.  And Couchbase, which already has received $251 million in venture funding, announced plans on June 21 to file an initial public offering. Couchbase
Pinecone CEO Edo Liberty talks vector database capabilities

Pinecone Tackles Threat Detection, ‘Extreme Classification’ with New Vector Database

June 17, 2021
Pinecone Systems is demonstrating how vector databases in the cloud offer a fast and scalable way to develop critical business capabilities, powered by machine learning, such as IT threat detection and the complex classifications and recommendations of big data.  Pinecone has released templates to help developers and technical teams build and deploy applications that address
Screenshot of web page headline reading, New Google Cloud innovations to unify your data clouds

Data Clouds: Tech’s Next Big Innovation or Just Another Buzzword?

June 10, 2021
The technology industry increasingly is using a new term – data clouds – to describe the fast-emerging world of big-data management and analytics in the cloud.  However, in a market already crowded with database platforms, data warehouses, data lakes, and other technologies, just how new and different are data clouds?  References to data clouds are
Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman, who recently ripped the data architecture of Microsoft

Snowflake CEO Rips Microsoft, Amazon, Google for Outdated Architecture

June 7, 2021
Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman, feeling feisty after posting Q1 revenue growth of 110%, said a big chunk of that growth is coming from upgrading legacy data warehouses that Microsoft, Amazon and Google can’t handle because they’re “not sitting on good architecture.” This is truly a case of the little guy picking a fight with the
Microsoft corporate VP Alysa Taylor, who heads up a new group created by reorganization

Microsoft Reorganization Merges Data and AI with Apps and Industries

May 28, 2021
Converting technology silos into integrated customer-solution teams, Microsoft has moved its data, AI and mixed-reality businesses into the high-growth Industries and Business Applications unit under corporate VP Alysa Taylor. On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, Microsoft has been #1 for 2-1/2 years. On our new Industry Cloud Top 10, Microsoft is currently #6—but
Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky, who is helping Salesforce with analytics

Marc Benioff’s Secret Weapon: Tableau Turning Salesforce into Analytics Powerhouse

June 11, 2020
To me, the 2x4-across-the-face disclosure in Salesforce’s latest earnings release was not that they almost reached $5 billion in quarterly revenue but rather that “Platform & Other” has become Marc Benioff’s #1 revenue-producing business. Bigger than Service Cloud, bigger than Sales Cloud and Marketing cloud and all the others. And growing at a wicked clip
Bruno Aziza talks about the Oracle Analytics Summit series

Oracle Turning Analytics Summit into Ongoing Series Celebrating Customer Success

May 8, 2020
As Bruno Aziza talks about the Oracle Analytics Summit next week, the Oracle group VP’s comments are flooded with talk about the community, customer priorities, co-creation of value, feedback loops and showcasing customer innovation. After a very successful inaugural face-to-face Summit last year, Aziza and his Oracle Analytics team are focused on weaving all of
Google Cloud has snatched MLB as a customer from AWS

Google Tops Amazon As Big Customer Defects for Better ML and Analytics

March 5, 2020
In a showdown between two of the world’s top technology companies, Google Cloud has snatched AWS client Major League Baseball (MLB) on the strength of multiple Google technologies plus its YouTube and Ad Manager businesses. Looking to take its “personalized and immersive fan experiences” to higher levels, MLB selected Google and Google Cloud for their
Cover photo of Cloud Wars Live episode with Wayne Sadin on Shadow IT and more

Shadow IT Goes Legit as ‘Query from Hell’ Gets Defanged | Sadin on Digital

February 18, 2020
“Sadin on Digital” episodes explore the fast-changing and high-stakes world of digital business. Wayne Sadin and I focus in particular on what CEOs and boards must do to lead their companies successfully into the Digital Age. Today, we talk "shadow IT" and the why Wayne wants to rename it. Episode 12 In this episode: Wayne