Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

The CEO of the Year Is Marc Benioff of Salesforce

December 23, 2020
Even measured against the fun-house-mirror distortions that 2020 has imposed on the lives of every person on Earth, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff had a singular year. Consider: he turned his own world-renowned company upside-down in just 6 months and still beat growth expectations; he helped hundreds of corporate customers figure out how to sprint through
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Microsoft executive VP Judson Althoff

Salesforce-Slack Is Nice but Teams Blows it Away: Microsoft Exec Althoff

December 18, 2020
Offering a sneak preview of the rapidly intensifying competition between two of the world’s top software companies, Microsoft executive VP Judson Althoff said recently that CRM without chat is “arcane” and that Teams is years ahead of Slack. Speaking at a UBS investors conference, Althoff, who heads Microsoft’s massive worldwide commercial business, was asked by
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Salesforce acquires Slack

Slack: Salesforce’s Trillion-Dollar Hedge

December 5, 2020
Editor’s note: This article by Jiri Kram was originally published on LinkedIn on Dec. 2, 2020.  Jiri has published several articles here at Cloud Wars over the past 9 months, and as with all of his other insightful and compelling pieces, this article reflects Jiri’s informed views and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cloud Wars.
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

Can Slack Help Salesforce Battle Oracle and SAP on Road to $35 Billion?

December 2, 2020
Betting $28 billion that Slack will help Salesforce stay ahead of hard-charging Oracle and SAP, Marc Benioff is redefining his company as businesses seek out the best enterprise-software partners to help them forge their digital futures. (On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, Salesforce is #3, SAP is #5 and Oracle is #6.) While
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Logo for AWS

Did AWS Just Win the Cloud Deal of the Century?

November 14, 2020
Editor’s note: This article by Jiri Kram was originally published on LinkedIn on Oct. 27.  Jiri has published several articles here at Cloud Wars over the past 8 months, and as with all of his other insightful and compelling pieces, this article reflects Jiri’s informed views and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cloud Wars. Jiri
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SAP CEO Christian Klein emphasizes the company's focus on CX

Can SAP Leapfrog Salesforce by Going All-In on CX plus ERP?

October 15, 2020
As the world’s largest vendor of enterprise apps takes on the world’s largest vendor of cloud apps, SAP and Salesforce are offering wildly different approaches to helping businesses achieve the customer-centric capabilities essential for success in the digital economy. (In my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, Salesforce is #3 and SAP is #5.) At
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Cover image for Cloud Wars Live: Episode 17

Will Oracle or Salesforce Buy Slack? | Ammirati on Innovation

October 6, 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 17 The Big Themes: The power of the network
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Salesforce's Marc Benioff has a message for other CEOs

Salesforce’s Marc Benioff Dishes Tough Love to Passive CEOs: ‘Get Out of Paralysis!’

September 25, 2020
Raising the alarm that too many CEOs are sleep-walking their way through the massive disruptions rocking our world, Salesforce founder Marc Benioff yesterday warned top executives that today’s passivity will lead to tomorrow’s irrelevance. (Salesforce is #3 on my Cloud Wars Top 10 weekly rankings of the largest and most-influential enterprise-tech companies in the world.)
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Snowflake IPO Made Salesforce and Warren Buffett Bullish

Snowflake: IPO That Made Salesforce and Warren Buffett Bullish

September 12, 2020
(Editor’s note: This article by Jiri Kram was originally published on LinkedIn on Sept. 10. Jiri has published several articles here at Cloud Wars over the past six months, and as with all of his other insightful and compelling pieces, this article reflects Jiri’s informed views and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cloud Wars. In
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