Salesforce announces new integrations with Microsoft Teams

Amazon Jilted as Salesforce and Microsoft Pair Up for IaaS and Teams

November 15, 2019
The new cloudmance between Salesforce and Microsoft represents a stinging blow to Amazon, which only a few years ago was smothered in Salesforce affection as its one and only “preferred public cloud infrastructure provider.” Yeah, I know, ‘the only constant is change’ and all that. But let’s put this dramatic move by Marc Benioff into
An update on Bank of America and its move to the private cloud

Bank of America Uses Cloud to Slash Billions in IT Costs

November 8, 2019
Bank of America has slashed billions of dollars in IT infrastructure costs during a massive migration from on-premises data centers to the private cloud, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a recent article about Bank of America’s involvement in IBM’s new and compelling public-cloud platform for financial institutions, the CIO Journal section of The

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
SAP co-CEO Jen Morgan talks about the SAP Microsoft deal in cloud

SAP Rides Microsoft Deal to First $2-Billion Cloud Quarter as McDermott Era Ends

October 21, 2019
With its powerful new Microsoft cloud deal already driving a big chunk of future cloud revenue, SAP reported Q3 cloud-revenue growth of 37% to $2 billion as Bill McDermott’s decade-long SAP era winds down. The landmark SAP-Microsoft deal—first reported here in Cloud Wars 5 months ago in Microsoft Begins Selling SAP Applications As Cloud Ecosystem
At OpenWorld 2019, Larry Ellison talked Oracle relationships with Microsoft and Amazon

Oracle Will Leapfrog Amazon and Get Closer with Microsoft, Larry Ellison Says

September 18, 2019
Outlining two developments that could tip the balance of power in the cloud, Oracle founder Larry Ellison announced this week at OpenWorld that Oracle is expanding its groundbreaking partnership with Microsoft and promised to vault past Amazon in a key infrastructure category.  The broader and deeper relationship between Microsoft—the longtime #1 vendor in my Cloud
Thomas Kurian Google Cloud VMware deal

Why Google Cloud Extended Partnership with VMware: The Thomas Kurian Effect

August 13, 2019
From Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian’s very first public comments about his plans for reinvigorating the company, meeting and exceeding the needs of customers has been at the top of his list. Google’s always had superb cloud technology but, until Kurian’s arrival at the beginning of this year, it remained largely detached from the marketplace.
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

Microsoft’s $1B Bet: “Most Important Technological Development in Human History”

July 31, 2019
If you believe it’s important to dream big dreams, then you gotta love the expectations behind Microsoft’s decision to invest $1 billion with partner OpenAI: to achieve nothing short of “shape the trajectory of humanity.” There’s been a fair amount of chit-chat about the Microsoft-OpenAI partnership to create AGI (artificial general intelligence). But largely overlooked
Zuellig Pharma CIO Maikel Kuijpers speaks about digital transformation, Microsoft, and SAP

Microsoft-SAP Juggernaut: Huge Pharma Moving All SAP Workloads to Azure

July 15, 2019
The SAP-Microsoft alliance continues to pile up big wins as a large 100-year-old pharmaceuticals company is moving all SAP workloads to Azure by 2022. One of Asia’s largest healthcare groups, Zuellig Pharma, is undergoing an end-to-end digital transformation that included upgrading its SAP systems to SAP HANA in-memory data management.  In planning for that upgrade,