April Top 50 #CloudInfluence Individuals

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.

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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.
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