Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who delivered inspiration on a recent earnings call

Marc Benioff Delivers: “The Best I’ve Ever Seen Salesforce Perform”

May 29, 2020
Whether procuring and delivering 50 million pieces of PPE, launching an extraordinary new pandemic-driven product, or generating $4.87 billion in revenue during the COVID-19 crisis, Marc Benioff’s had a quarter like no other. And during yesterday’s fiscal-2021 Q1 earnings call, Benioff made it perfectly clear in his inimitable fashion that Salesforce’s performance during the quarter
Microsoft and FedEx logos, representing the new FedEx Surround service

#1 Microsoft and FedEx Pair Up to Revolutionize How Business Is Done

May 21, 2020
More than 40 years ago, back when “digital” still referred to fingers rather than AI, FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith said there will come a time when the information about a package delivery will be as important as the package itself. Now, in a deep partnership with Microsoft, FedEx is setting out to show
A logo sign for Microsoft, which just announced new acquisitions in the telecom space

Microsoft Flexes Trillion-Dollar Muscles: Competitors Sweat, Customers Swoon

May 18, 2020
Over the past year, we heard a great deal from SAP about the huge volumes of business it was doing in close partnership with Microsoft to move massive SAP workloads to the Azure cloud. But last week, SAP CEO Christian Klein said he’s ready to aggressively defend his company’s role as the lead supplier in
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