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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,

Microsoft-Oracle Shocker: Customers Win as #1 and #6 Vendors Pair Up

June 6, 2019
In announcing a stunning new partnership that conjures up “not until hell freezes over,” #1 cloud vendor Microsoft strengthens and extends its leadership position while #6 Oracle wins big new customer opportunities by setting aside its fierce independence. This landmark agreement goes far beyond the standard tech-industry pair-ups of convenience precisely because of the companies
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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
SAP and Microsoft Embrace program announced at SAP Sapphire Now 2019

SAP and Microsoft Revolutionize the Cloud Market

May 13, 2019
It wasn’t part of a fancy multimedia announcement. No press release mentioned it. And there was no globally choreographed rollout. But the recent remarkable agreement that allows Microsoft to begin selling SAP’s enterprise cloud applications will have a massive impact across the entire technology industry by opening the way for innovative go-to-market strategies that might

Inside Google Cloud’s Resurgence: 10 Key Messages from CEO Thomas Kurian

April 11, 2019

Great expectations can be a crushing burden for some businesses and some leaders. But Google Cloud and CEO Thomas Kurian are about to wrap up up not just a hugely successful global customer conference with Next ’19, but also what has to be seen as a massive relaunch of a brand eager to move from under-performer to world-class competitor.