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
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Is SAP or Oracle #1 in ERP?

SAP and Oracle’s Larry Ellison Just Can’t Agree: Who’s #1?

November 14, 2019
In case you thought one of the tech industry’s most bitterly contested rivalries was slowing down, both SAP and Oracle are making it perfectly clear that they’re just getting warmed up in their mutual quests to be the world’s #1 apps provider. At SAP’s Capital Markets Day with financial analysts earlier this week, newly named
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SAP's executive board speaks during SAP Capital Markets Day

SAP after Bill McDermott: Crush Product Silos, Focus on Customer Success

November 13, 2019
In a 4-hour coming-out party with the financial-analyst community, SAP’s new co-CEOs fully committed to the company’s growth plans in the cloud and beyond, while vowing to make customer success SAP’s #1 priority and to exterminate product silos and low-growth vestiges of the company’s past. Speaking proudly of SAP’s heritage and the huge legacy of
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Rohan Kumar explains Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics at Ignite 2019

Microsoft Torches Google and Amazon on Big-Data Benchmarks, Says Microsoft

November 12, 2019
During a recent keynote talk by CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft said its new Azure Synapse analytics service executed a complex query 75 times faster than Google’s BigQuery service, and another query 3 times faster than Amazon’s Red Shift. Now, before you think this is nothing more than measuring the quantity of angels dancing on pinheads,
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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
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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
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Microsoft Amazon and others are battling for AI leadership in the Cloud Wars

The Battle for AI Leadership: #1 Microsoft, #2 Amazon, #6 Google, #7 IBM Step Up

November 6, 2019
As AI and ML become mainstream business tools in the digital economy, four of the world’s most-influential companies with combined revenue of about $550 billion are each aggressively rolling out new AI-driven solutions that will change how the world works. Those four companies have a longstanding presence on my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings.
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Amazon Q3 growth rate

As #2 Amazon Falls Farther Behind #1 Microsoft, Will it Expand into SaaS?

November 4, 2019
Most CEOs the world over would swap serious parts of their anatomy for the “problems” that Amazon’s AWS cloud unit is confronting: Q3 revenue up “only” 35% to $9 billion. But life in the Cloud Wars is definitely not like it is in most other industries. And Amazon has only its stellar performances of the
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