Table of the Industry Cloud Top 10, led by #1 Salesforce

#1 Industry Cloud: Google or Microsoft? Salesforce or SAP? Oracle or Workday?

November 16, 2021
Six of the world’s top cloud vendors shared their visions for the future of business as they outlined their approaches to industry clouds on the opening day of the Industry Cloud Battleground Week digital event. Those companies are helping to drive industry innovation that puts the customer at the center of everything in today’s digital
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SAP CEO Christian Klein

SAP Comes Out Swinging against Workday, Oracle; Lays Off Salesforce

October 25, 2021
A sure sign that the Cloud Wars are getting more lucrative and intense is how SAP CEO Christian Klein came out swinging against archrivals Workday and Oracle in framing SAP’s growing cloud momentum in Q3. On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, SAP is #5, Oracle is #6, and Workday is #8. While Klein
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Image of a financial growth line pointing up, representing the SAP ERP dominance over Oracle

Mocked by Oracle, SAP Cloud ERP Revenue Jumps 46%; Backlog Up 60%

October 14, 2021
Amid resurgent growth for its overall cloud business, SAP’s S/4HANA revenue jumped 46% in Q3 and backlog soared 60% for the cloud ERP suite that archrival Oracle has trashed repeatedly. On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, SAP is #5 and Oracle is #6 as the longtime opponents battle for leadership in the booming
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Table showing the 10 largest industry cloud vendors, Salesforce as #1 and Oracle and SAP behind

How Oracle and SAP Could Put a Big Hurt on Salesforce

October 11, 2021
While everything is possible and while Oracle and SAP could theoretically topple Salesforce as CRM kingpin, where Oracle and SAP could really put a hurt on Salesforce’s latest booster rocket is in the booming industry-cloud market. On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, Salesforce is #4, SAP is #5 and Oracle is #6. But
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ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott sits in a chair onstage

ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott Playing Dangerous Game w/ SAP, Oracle

August 16, 2021
Looking to sharply differentiate his cloud-native company from Oracle and SAP, ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott is categorizing those traditional vendors as little more than sunk costs that ServiceNow can salvage, while ServiceNow itself is an investment in the future. On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, Service Now is #7, SAP is #5, and
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Cover image for Cloud Wars Live with SAP's Jan Gilg

SAP S/4HANA Product Chief Jan Gilg

August 11, 2021
As President of SAP S/4HANA, Jan Gilg oversees development of SAP's flagship ERP product, digital supply chain, and industry solutions. In this conversation, Jan discusses how the shift to a digital economy is driving unprecedented changes in how businesses operate, and the new types of software solutions businesses require to thrive in such an environment.
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SAP CEO Christian Klein speaks in a video presentation about Q2 numbers, Oracle and more

SAP Slaps Back at Larry Ellison: ‘Hundreds’ of Q2 Wins Over Oracle

August 9, 2021
If it’s true that the biggest winners in the Cloud Wars are the customers who benefit from all that savage competition, then businesses evaluating SAP and Oracle are grabbing the gold as SAP claims to have whipped its longtime rival for hundreds of Q2 competitive wins. On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, SAP
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SAP exec speaks onstage about ERP and competition with Oracle

SAP Loses Ground to Oracle in Cloud ERP Despite S/4HANA Cloud Up 39%

July 23, 2021
While SAP is rightfully proud that its S/4HANA Cloud ERP business jumped 39% in Q2, Oracle’s competing product grew even faster at 46% for the quarter ended May 31. While the revenue figures involved here are currently not that large relative to some of the whopping numbers generated in more-mature categories for the Cloud Wars
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SAP Chief Partners Officer Karl Fahrbach talks cloud IP

The New SAP: Cloud Partners’ Top Priority Becomes IP

July 14, 2021
While SAP’s recent technology and product advances have drawn major headlines, parallel innovations within its partner ecosystem have also become force-multipliers for much-needed expansions of cloud-based IP solutions. On my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, SAP is #5, and it holds the same spot on my Industry Cloud Top 10.  In a recent Teams
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Screenshot of a video of Julia White of SAP, talking about Modular Cloud ERP

SAP Buries the Past: Calls Out Legacy ERP, Welcomes Modular Cloud ERP

June 9, 2021
Boldly proclaiming that legacy ERP “has failed to satisfy the appetite for real-time information” and “is not keeping up with today’s business and technological demands,” SAP has bullishly committed to a new future of modular cloud ERP. While much-needed and inevitable, it is still a jarring admission from SAP, which sits at #5 on my
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