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

IBM Says We’re #1 With “Most Open” Cloud

August 15, 2019
Betting that its $34-billion acquisition of Red Hat will trigger new growth, IBM says its two-year overhaul of its vast cloud portfolio plus Red Hat gives it the “most open” cloud in the industry precisely as customers are demanding open-source solutions. But is IBM truly the “most open” cloud? Is it more open than Google,
Hillery Hunter explains IBM's plan for Red Hat

IBM’s $34-Billion Payback Plan for Red Hat

August 9, 2019
Would you spend $34 billion to boost your chances of capitalizing on a $1-trillion market? And if so, how would you turn that expectation into reality? That first question represents the precise motivation behind IBM’s $34-billion acquisition of Red Hat. And details have begun to emerge about how Red Hat’s highly regarded open-source solutions—particularly its
A status update about the IBM and Red Hat deal

Can IBM and Red Hat Deliver on Big Cloud Promises? 3 Key Questions

July 12, 2019
While IBM has laid out a compelling story for why it’s shelling out $34 billion for Red Hat, lots of questions remain to be answered. Here are 3 at the top of my list. 1. What, exactly, does “open” mean here in mid-2019 for IBM and Red Hat? The headline atop the IBM narrative called
IBM global sales executive Martin Schroeter spoke about cloud at a recent global technology conference

IBM Sales Leader: “Every Discussion Is About Cloud”

June 18, 2019
Expressing optimism about the future prospects for IBM’s $19.5-billion cloud business, top global sales executive Martin Schroeter said at a recent investors conference that “every [customer] discussion is about cloud” and “everyone is thinking about it.” And while those customers are aggressively exploring various ways to weave cloud technologies more deeply into their businesses, said
Leighanne Levensaler spoke with Cloud Wars Live about Workday and the digital-transformation boom

Inside Workday: Digital-Transformation Boom Triggers New Opportunities

June 13, 2019
Quietly but intensely amassing a $47-billion market cap on the strength of 2,700 customers, Workday’s very likely to post its first $1-billion quarter later this year. In spite of its rapidly expanding revenue, customer count and product portfolio, Workday has remained deeply committed to core principles that have been indispensable parts of that success since
Get a look inside IBM's cloud strategy with a new episode.

IBM’s Cloud Strategy | Cloud Wars Top 10 Executive Insights

May 22, 2019
Here’s my conversation with Harish Grama, and the latest episode of "Cloud Wars Top 10 Executive Insights." As the tech companies in our Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings drive transformation not just in individual corporations but also in entire global industries, it’s essential for business executives to understand the strategic intentions of each of these
Gain insight into Microsoft's cloud strategy with Cloud Wars

Microsoft’s Cloud Strategy | Cloud Wars Top 10 Executive Insights

May 20, 2019
Here’s my conversation with Arpan Shah, who is the General Manager for Azure Infrastructure Marketing at Microsoft. As the tech companies in our Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings drive transformation not just in individual corporations but also in entire global industries, it’s essential for business executives to understand the strategic intentions of each of these vendors. That’s

Google ‘Anthos’ and New CEO Turn Up the Heat On Microsoft and Amazon

April 10, 2019

In launching a hybrid platform that can solve one of enterprise IT’s most-difficult challenges, Google Cloud has greatly intensified the competitive heat on Microsoft and Amazon. Anthos will set a new level of expectations among business customers, who will soon demand that all of their cloud vendors offer similar capabilities.

What Thomas Kurian must explain at Google Cloud Next '19

Four Big Questions Google Cloud Must Answer This Week

April 8, 2019

Two months after offering a compelling glimpse into how Google Cloud will become an aggressive and highly capable competitor in the Cloud Wars, CEO Thomas Kurian this week must win the confidence of customers and partners during the company’s highly anticipated Next ’19 event by filling in the details about  core positioning, industry solutions, and customer-success stories.