#5 Oracle Jumps Ahead of #6 IBM in Cloud Wars Top 10 Rankings

June 25, 2019
Sparked by impressive quarterly results showing strong customer demand for its Autonomous Database, Oracle has jumped ahead of IBM in the Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, moving from #6 to #5. In a more subtle but deeply significant factor, Oracle’s rise in the rankings is also tied to its recent stunning agreement with Microsoft. Their
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
The Cloud Wars Top 10 Report Card for June 2019

Grading the World’s Top 10 Cloud Vendors: The Cloud Wars Report Card

June 10, 2019
As the enterprise cloud becomes without question the foundation for digital business, how are the world’s top cloud-computing vendors stacking up? Let’s pass out some grades for the vendors making up the Cloud Wars Top 10. #1 Microsoft. Its Azure cloud continues to grow at breathtaking rates (for the 3 months ended March 31, Azure
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
IBM looks to become a cloud-first company

IBM Goes All-In on the Cloud

April 18, 2019

With its $19.5-billion enterprise cloud being pretty much the only growth driver across its massive products and services landscape, IBM is restructuring its strategy and operations to become a cloud-first company in preparation for the final approval of its acquisition of Red Hat later this year.

CRM 2019

IBM Bets Its Future on Hybrid Cloud as IBM Cloud Revenue Tops $19 Billion

January 25, 2019

IBM made its unconditional and end-to-end commitment to a hybrid-cloud future unmistakably clear during its quarterly earnings call this week as CFO Jim Kavanaugh dropped the H-bomb 28 times. Kavanaugh tied hybrid cloud’s virtues to everything from customer innovation and productivity to every positive element in IBM’s strong fourth-quarter performance. So while I wasn’t at

CRM 2019

IBM Cloud Wins Huge Deal with BNP Paribas, Possibly Worth $2 Billion

January 22, 2019

Fresh on the heels of two massive cloud deals with Vodafone and Juniper valued at about $875 million, IBM today said it has deepened its long-time strategic partnership with global bank BNP Paribas in a deal that one analyst believes could be valued at $2 billion. This additional big new win for IBM Cloud will

IBM Wins 2 Hybrid Cloud Megadeals, Holds #5 Spot in Cloud Wars Top 10

January 22, 2019

As IBM prepares to release fourth-quarter and full-year earnings this afternoon, the company is building significant hybrid-cloud momentum for 2019 with two large and sweeping customer deals totaling $875 million over the next several years. The huge engagements with Vodafone for $550 million and Juniper for $325 million showcase IBM’s broad and deep strengths in