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
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COVID-19 Scrambles IT Spending Priorities | Steube on Spending

May 28, 2020
“Steube on Spending” episodes provide timely windows into enterprise-IT buying trends from a guy who’s got the data to back it up. Peter Steube, managing director of Enterprise Technology Research (ETR), joins us to discuss what his company is learning from surveys of big-company CIOs and IT decision-makers around the world. Today, Peter and I
Salesforce and Workday CEOs; the two companies will team up, per Workday Q1 earnings call

Workday Hammers Legacy Model, Tops $1B, Embraces Salesforce & Microsoft

May 28, 2020
Workday is reinforcing the battles lines in the Cloud Wars as it tightens its long-standing alliances with Microsoft and Salesforce, highlights the shortcomings of on-premises apps during COVID-19 and exceeds $1 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time. The upshot is that Workday’s becoming even more of a power player in the Cloud Wars.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

Can Salesforce Keep Growing? Five Possibilities for Marc Benioff

May 9, 2020
Editor’s note: This article was contributed to Cloud Wars by Jiri Kram, a solution architect who studied Fintech at MIT and specializes in cloud computing and blockchain. He is a highly respected commentator on LinkedIn, where he originally published this piece on May 6. This article marks Jiri’s third appearance on Cloud Wars; you can
Cloud Wars 2020 cloud revenue projections

Microsoft & Amazon Lead Top 5 Beyond $150 Billion in Cloud Revenue in 2020

April 30, 2020
Despite the massive economic toll being wrought by COVID-19, Microsoft’s strong Q1 cloud-revenue growth indicates that the 5 largest cloud vendors could defy the pandemic’s impact and generate cloud revenue of $150 billion in 2020. This is admittedly a totally speculative endeavor, but I think it’s worthwhile given the vast uncertainty about what’s in store
SAP co-CEOs Christian Klein and Jen Morgan, whose departure was announced this week

SAP, Oracle and Salesforce Agree on One Thing: co-CEO Model Is Dead

April 22, 2020
In the past 9 months, three of the world’s most powerful and successful software companies have all dropped the co-CEO model. And while each of those companies has offered a different reason for making that high-level change, I believe they all did it for exactly the same reason: it’s a bad idea and doesn’t really
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If Your Stomach’s Turning, You’re Not Alone | Steube on Spending

April 21, 2020
"Steube on Spending" episodes provide timely windows into enterprise-IT buying trends from a guy who's got the data to back it up. Peter Steube, managing director of Enterprise Technology Research (ETR), joins us to discuss what his company is learning from surveys of big-company CIOs and IT decision-makers around the world. Today, Peter shares insights
Cloud Wars logo with text: Tech CEOs response to COVID-19

COVID-19 Snapshots: 5 Tech CEOs Embrace Pandemic’s ‘New Normal’

April 20, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic that has turned the lives of billions of people upside-down in a matter of weeks has also provided some compelling moments for five of the world’s most-influential tech CEOs. The global turmoil wrought by this novel coronavirus has underscored a vital point that we sometimes overlook: CEOs are, in spite of certain
Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff: The Extraordinary Ascendancy of a Global Leader

April 10, 2020
The striking thing about Salesforce’s remarkable overnight transformation from glitzy software company to gritty global procurement powerhouse is that, under Marc Benioff’s leadership, it doesn’t really seem so extraordinary. Well into his third decade of running one of the most innovative and successful software companies the world has ever known, Benioff somehow finds ways to
Cloud Wars logo and text, Tech's Response to COVID-19: Microsoft and Amazon leadership

Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce’s Exceptional Leadership in Confronting COVID-19

March 26, 2020
While many of the world’s leading tech companies continue to make meaningful and enduring contributions to the battle against COVID-19, the three companies whose efforts have been most significant are Microsoft, Amazon and Salesforce. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that their standout leadership and innovative approaches during the unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis mirror their