Insights from Satya Nadella and Amy Hood on Microsoft's monster Q4 revenue

Inside Microsoft’s Monster Q4: 10 Big Cloud Numbers

August 12, 2019
To show the magnitude of Microsoft’s latest cloud-revenue performance, I recently offered this broad perspective for the quarter ended June 30: #1 Microsoft Cloud Revenue as Big as Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, IBM Combined. Some additional perspective: the $11 billion in commercial-cloud revenue for Microsoft’s fiscal Q4—traditionally its largest quarter of the year—was more than 30%

Top 10 Cloud Vendors Hit $37 Billion in Q2 As Microsoft, Amazon Drive 50%

August 6, 2019
The raging-bull market for enterprise-cloud services hit full stride in Q2 as the Cloud Wars Top 10 vendors rang up revenue of more than $37 billion. With market leader Microsoft and #2 Amazon generating 50% of that $37 billion for Q2, the sheer Q2 volume among the Top 10 is heavily tilted toward the top
CEO John Donahoe spoke about the ServiceNow Microsoft deals that are driving growth.

ServiceNow Bets Big on Microsoft and Mobile for Next Growth Spurt

August 2, 2019
Having posted $3 billion in revenue for the past 12 months, ServiceNow is banking on some powerful new mobile applications plus a deep new partnership with industry leader Microsoft to trigger its next phase of growth. While CEO John Donahoe cited a number of factors for the company’s sustained performance, I was most interested in
Highlights from Amazon Q2 earnings announcement, including aws growth

Amazon Becoming Powerhouse in Red-Hot Machine Learning and Blockchain

July 30, 2019
Looking to extend its cloud leadership beyond the IaaS category it created and dominates, Amazon’s AWS unit disclosed big customer wins and new advanced services in the explosive categories of machine learning and blockchain. In disclosing Q2 financial results late last week, Amazon—the #2 company on my Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings—pounded home its advances
New insights into Google Cloud and its recent success

Inside Google Cloud’s Breakout $2B Quarter: 10 Key Insights

July 29, 2019
CEO Thomas Kurian has lit a customer-centric fire under Google Cloud. And 10 key points from last week’s earnings call reveal the major factors driving new levels of success since Kurian assumed control in January. Those drivers have also pushed Google Cloud up one spot to #6 in the weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings. 

Why Did Alphabet Reveal Google Cloud’s Q2 Revenue of $2B-Plus?

July 26, 2019
Eighteen months ago, Alphabet revealed that Google Cloud had experienced its first billion-dollar quarter. Then, for the next five quarters, Alphabet executives declined to disclose any follow-on details regarding Google Cloud revenue. But with its cloud business greatly reinvigorated since CEO Thomas Kurian took the reins 6 months ago, Alphabet disclosed yesterday that Google Cloud

Satya Nadella Admits: Microsoft Cloud Business Is Bigger than Amazon’s

July 25, 2019
A point I’ve been making loudly and relentlessly for the past two years—that Microsoft’s cloud business is larger than Amazon’s—has now been echoed publicly for the first time by none other than Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. While many in the media, along with a surprising number of analysts, continue for reasons I can’t fathom to
Microsoft will likely top $50 billion in cloud revenue at this time next year.

Microsoft’s $50-Billion Moonshot: #1 Cloud Vendor Lays Out New Growth Plans

July 23, 2019
The odds are exceptionally strong that just 12 months from now, Microsoft will post cloud revenue of well over $50 billion. You read that right: a $50-billion-plus cloud business just one year from today for the largest and most-influential enterprise-cloud player in the world. So why does that matter? Who cares? It matters a great
My thoughts on SAP Q2 revenue miss, and how Bill McDermott will get them back on track.

Relax, SAP Skeptics: China Will Be Fine, and Cloud and XM Are Booming

July 22, 2019
While quarterly revenue misses should be taken very seriously, SAP’s Q2 stumble last week was a short-term aberration. I’m betting Bill McDermott and company will get back on the high-growth track when Q3 numbers come out in October. Clearly, the uneasy trade climate in China was a significant factor in last quarter’s miss. But McDermott
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained how his company reached $11 billion in quarterly cloud revenue, besting SAP and others

#1 Microsoft Cloud Revenue as Big as Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, IBM Combined

July 19, 2019
To grasp the magnitude of Microsoft’s $11 billion quarterly cloud revenue, consider this: that total matches the combined quarterly cloud revenue of four of the world’s largest cloud players—Salesforce (about $3.1 billion), SAP ($1.9 billion), Oracle (probably about $1.5 billion) and IBM ($4.7 billion). Many factors are of course at play in that breakaway performance