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.
|April||Name||Company||Position||Movement since March|
|3||Marc Benioff||Salesforce.com||CEO||@Benioff||+ 12|
|4||Terry Wise||Amazon Web Services||Director of Business Development|
|5||Hiroyuki Sakai||Fujitsu||Head of Global Marketing|
|6||Mona Abutaleb||Midshift||President and CEO|
|8||Eric Schmidt||Executive Chairman||@ericschmidt|
|9||Larry Ellison||Oracle Corporation||CTO||@larryellison||+ 11|
|10||Brian Johnson||DivvyCloud||CEO and Co-Founder|
|11||Dinanath Kholkar||TCS||Global Head of Business Process Services||@dinakholkar|
|12||Daniel Ives||FBR Capital Markets||Analyst||+ 1|
|13||David Blewitt||USDM Life Sciences||VP Cloud Compliance Services and Solutions|
|14||Eileen Sweeney||Iron Mountain||SVP and GM Data Management|
|15||Ken Beyer||Ingram Micro||VP and GM Supply Chain Solutions|
|16||Michael Pachter||Wedbush Securities||Digital Media and Electronics Analyst||@michaelpachter|
|17||Faisal Ghaus||Technavio||VP||+ 19|
|18||Brian Warren||CoreSite||SVP of Product and Marketing|
|19||John Sconyers||Akamai||Senior Direct Cloud Services Partners||@SconyersJ|
|20||Denis King||Solace Systems||EVP of Strategic Alliances|
|21||Adrian Ostman||ECI||Global IT Director|
|22||Andrew Mullen||Talon||SVP, Sales and Marketing|
|23||Martin Renkis||Smartvue Corporation||Founder & CEO|
|24||Scott Guthrie||Microsoft||EVP Cloud and Enterprise Group||@scottgu|
|25||Bill Clark||Savi Technology||President & CEO|
|26||Andy Jassy||Amazon Web Services||SVP|
|27||Dave McCann||Amazon Web Services||VP AWS Marketplace|
|29||Samir Bodas||Icertis, Inc.||CEO||@SamirBodas|
|30||Nikhil Hasija||Azuqua||co-founder and CEO||@nikhilhasija|
|31||Jiang Huai Lin||China Information Technology, Inc.||Chairman and CEO|
|32||John Dinsdale||Synergy Research Group||Chief Analyst and Research Director|
|33||Craig Hayman||eBay Enterprise||President||@chayman|
|34||Brian Hierholzer||Artisan Infrastructure||CEO||@BrianHierholzer|
|35||Abhey Lamba||Mizuho Securities||Analyst|
|36||James Hanley||CSC||VP & GM cloud, Platform and Data Centre|
|37||Stephen Rohleder||Accenture||Group Chief Executive|
|38||Dennis Woodside||Dropbox, Inc.||COO|
|39||Steve Rosenberg||Dell||GM Performance Monitoring|
|40||Albert Santalo||CareCloud Corporation||President and Chief Executive Officer||@AlbertSantalo|
|41||Scott Parrish||2nd Watch||CFO|
|42||Jason Wojahn||Cloud Sherpas||President of ServiceNow||@jason_wojahn|
|43||Steve Crusenberry||Rackspace||SVP Infrastructure|
|44||Robert Ricci||University of Utah||Research Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science|
|45||Jeff Wilson||Infonetics Research||Research Director for Cybersecurity Technology||@securityjeff|
|46||Simon Porter||IBM||VP SMB Europe||@simonlporter||- 5|
|47||David Canellos||PerspecSys||President and CEO||@davidcanellos|
|48||Thomas Kurian||Oracle||President, Product Development|
|50||Jim Reavis||Cloud 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.