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April Top 50 #CloudInfluence Individuals

April Cloud Influence

With all the excitement and comment following the disclosure of Amazon’s financials for its cloud business AWS, it is little surprise that Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO tops this month’s individual #CloudInfluence rankings, pushing Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s President into 2nd place.

Third in the rankings and the centre of great speculation on his plans for the future of the company is Marc Benioff, Salesforce.com’s CEO. The recent disclosure that the firms had been approached by a potential buyer sparked much debate on who this might be. While Oracle and Microsoft were both suggested as realistic suitors for Salesforce that could afford the $50bn price-tag, we think that the chances of a deal of this size coming off are somewhat slim.

The commotion around AWS’s financials, the competing cloud revenue claims from Microsoft and IBM and the ensuing surge of comment on the cloud market swept a number of executives into this month’s rankings, including Terry Wise, Tom Szkutak, Andy Jassy and Dave McCann from Amazon, Eric Schmidt from Google, Scott Guthrie at Microsoft and even Larry Ellison from Oracle– as well as commentators such as Michael Pachter from Wedbush Securities and Daniel Ives from FBR Capital Markets, a regular in the rankings, whose opinions were also quoted on the speculation surrounding Salesforce.

The announcement of a collaboration between Fujitsu and Microsoft to transform manufacturing processes through IoT innovation pushed Hiroyuki Sakai, Fujitsu’s Head of Global Marketing into this month’s top ten.

Executives that rose to prominence this months shouting about awards that they had won included Brian Johnson, CEO and co-founder of DivvyCloud when his company was named by Gartner as one of the 2015 “Cool Vendors” in Cloud Management, and Dinanath Kholkar from TCS when his firm was recognised as a ‘Leader’ in Analytics Business Process Services (BPS) by Everest Group.

Iron Mountain and CloudBlue’s joint announcement of a set of secure e-Waste and IT Asset Disposition Services helped to propelled both Eileen Sweeney, the SVP and GM Data Management at Iron Mountain and Ken Beyer from Ingram Micro into the rankings.

AprilNameCompanyPositionTwitterMovement since March
1Jeff BezosAmazonCEO
2Satya NadellaMicrosoftPresident@satyanadella
3Marc BenioffSalesforce.comCEO@Benioff+ 12
4Terry WiseAmazon Web ServicesDirector of Business Development
5Hiroyuki SakaiFujitsuHead of Global Marketing
6Mona AbutalebMidshiftPresident and CEO
7Tom SzkutakAmazonCFO
8Eric SchmidtGoogleExecutive Chairman@ericschmidt
9Larry EllisonOracle CorporationCTO@larryellison+ 11
10Brian JohnsonDivvyCloudCEO and Co-Founder 
11Dinanath KholkarTCSGlobal Head of Business Process Services@dinakholkar
12Daniel IvesFBR Capital MarketsAnalyst+ 1
13David BlewittUSDM Life SciencesVP Cloud Compliance Services and Solutions
14Eileen SweeneyIron MountainSVP and GM Data Management
15Ken BeyerIngram MicroVP and GM Supply Chain Solutions
16Michael PachterWedbush SecuritiesDigital Media and Electronics Analyst@michaelpachter
17Faisal GhausTechnavioVP+ 19
18Brian WarrenCoreSiteSVP of Product and Marketing
19John SconyersAkamaiSenior Direct Cloud Services Partners@SconyersJ
20Denis KingSolace SystemsEVP of Strategic Alliances
21Adrian OstmanECIGlobal IT Director
22Andrew MullenTalonSVP, Sales and Marketing
23Martin RenkisSmartvue CorporationFounder & CEO
24Scott GuthrieMicrosoftEVP Cloud and Enterprise Group@scottgu
25Bill ClarkSavi TechnologyPresident & CEO
26Andy JassyAmazon Web ServicesSVP
27Dave McCannAmazon Web ServicesVP AWS Marketplace
28John SculleyAppleEx-CEO@johnsculley
29Samir BodasIcertis, Inc.CEO@SamirBodas
30Nikhil HasijaAzuquaco-founder and CEO@nikhilhasija
31Jiang Huai LinChina Information Technology, Inc.Chairman and CEO
32John DinsdaleSynergy Research GroupChief Analyst and Research Director
33Craig HaymaneBay EnterprisePresident@chayman
34Brian HierholzerArtisan InfrastructureCEO@BrianHierholzer
35Abhey LambaMizuho SecuritiesAnalyst
36James HanleyCSCVP & GM cloud, Platform and Data Centre
37Stephen RohlederAccentureGroup Chief Executive
38Dennis WoodsideDropbox, Inc.COO
39Steve RosenbergDellGM Performance Monitoring
40Albert SantaloCareCloud CorporationPresident and Chief Executive Officer@AlbertSantalo
41Scott Parrish2nd WatchCFO
42Jason WojahnCloud SherpasPresident of ServiceNow@jason_wojahn
43Steve CrusenberryRackspaceSVP Infrastructure
44Robert RicciUniversity of UtahResearch Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
45Jeff WilsonInfonetics ResearchResearch Director for Cybersecurity Technology@securityjeff
46Simon PorterIBMVP SMB Europe@simonlporter- 5
47David CanellosPerspecSysPresident and CEO@davidcanellos
48Thomas KurianOraclePresident, Product Development
49Virginia RomettyIBMCEO
50Jim ReavisCloud Security Alliance (CSA)Executive Director@jimreavis- 25

The April Cloud Bursters and UK Individuals #CloudInfluence tables will be published tomorrow, in the meantime, you can see the full Top 50 Global Organisations here.

NOTE: the Compare the Cloud #CloudInfluence league tables, are based on a broad big data analysis of all major global news, blogs, forums, and social media interaction over the past 90 days. The league tables provide a snapshot taken at a particular point of time of the respective influence of both organisations and individuals over the last quarter. Companies that were particularly active in the given period will feature more prominently.