Table showing Microsoft Azure growth rate for the last three fourth quarters

As Microsoft Azure Growth Declines, Should Satya Nadella Worry?

August 12, 2020
The growth rate for Microsoft Azure has tumbled from 89% nine quarters ago to 50% last quarter.   Should this be a cause for concern for the world’s largest and most-influential enterprise-cloud vendor and its CEO? Or is it just a natural offshoot of the law of big numbers, in which it is wickedly difficult
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Dr. David Rhew has been leading innovation at Microsoft amid COVID-19

How COVID-19 Has Sparked Huge Innovation for Microsoft & Healthcare Customers

July 31, 2020
For all the misery caused by COVID-19, the pandemic has also accelerated in companies from every industry the hunt for innovation and the shift to data-driven business cultures, business models and processes. At Microsoft, that’s led to high-impact partnerships that are helping companies in retail, logistics, healthcare and pharmaceuticals create new businesses, engage with customers
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Cover image for Cloud Wars Live: Slack's lawsuit against Microsoft will backfire

Why Slack’s Lawsuit vs. Microsoft Will Backfire | Ammirati on Innovation

July 29, 2020
Each month, “Ammirati on Innovation” episodes will look at ways that the disruptive-startup mentality is spreading beyond young entrepreneurs to big established corporations. Serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Carnegie Mellon B-school professor Sean Ammirati, who sits at the intersection of these high-change dynamics, provides insight. Episode 15 The Big Themes: Slack's New York Times ad
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about hypergrowth in a video

Microsoft Hypergrowth: Beyond Azure, Satya Nadella’s 5 Superstars

July 27, 2020
While it’s hardly a surprise anymore when Microsoft reports Azure revenue growth of 50%, Satya Nadella made a point in its fiscal-Q4 earnings call to call out the parallel steep growth in five related segments. As Microsoft’s enterprise-cloud revenue for the 12 months ended June 30 soared to $51 billion on the strength of $14.3
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Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft General Manager of Automotive

How Microsoft Is Helping Drive Biggest Transformation in Automotive History

July 23, 2020
As the worldwide automotive industry reimagines and recreates itself from end to end, Microsoft and the Azure Cloud are playing fundamental roles that reflect a striking revolution within Microsoft itself. For a century, steel, manufacturing muscle and oil powered the automotive industry as car companies designed and built gas-powered vehicles owned by individuals and businesses.
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Cloud Wars logo on blue background with text: Microsoft biggest challenge

For Microsoft, Is Biggest Challenge Amazon, Google, or From Within?

July 8, 2020
First in a 10-part series on the biggest challenges facing the Cloud Wars Top 10.   Over the past six years, as Satya Nadella has made Microsoft the most-valuable company on the planet and also the most-influential enterprise-tech company, he’s racked up a remarkable set of partnerships with competitors that at times have tried or
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On a building, the logo for Microsoft, which will pass $50 billion in cloud revenue for 2020

Can Microsoft Resist COVID Slump and Reach $50 Billion in Cloud?

June 29, 2020
If Microsoft’s able to deliver a typically outsized revenue figure for its fiscal Q4 ending tomorrow, it will blow past the remarkable figure of $50 billion in annual cloud revenue. But the primary variable in that that “if” condition is a huge one: the global recession triggered earlier this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last
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The logo for SAS, which has formed an alliance with Microsoft

Microsoft-SAS Alliance Is Great, But When Will Microsoft Buddy Up with Amazon?

June 16, 2020
By aligning tightly with analytics superstar SAS, Microsoft has gained a vast amount of additional firepower in its already-formidable lineup of products centered on AI, data, machine learning and analytics. In addition, Microsoft also adds another top-tier enterprise-software company to its lengthy list of powerful allies that includes more than half of the Cloud Wars
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Microsoft corporate VP Rohan Kumar, who recently spoke about replacing Oracle database

Hey Larry Ellison: Microsoft’s #1 Priority Is Replacing Oracle Database

June 15, 2020
Exactly one year after longtime rivals Microsoft and Oracle paired up on a cloud-interconnect deal, Microsoft is now saying that replacing Oracle on-prem databases with Microsoft cloud databases has become an absolute top priority. First let me share the exact comment, and then I’ll offer some fascinating perspective on how and why Microsoft believes it
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