This month’s bursters (those climbing the rankings most dramatically and bursting onto the scene) are lead by Simon Hu, President of Aliyun, who made his first appearance in the rankings.

Given Alibaba’s ambitions and its investment of $1bn in cloud to enable Aliyun to take on AWS, we will no doubt be seeing more from Hu, Aliyun and Alibaba in future.

Both IBM and Microsoft had complex quarterly result announcements and each needed to explain to the market how they were transforming their businesses to sustain their growth in cloud. IBM’s Virginia Rometty leapt up the rankings, having not appeared prominently since the results three months before, as did Microsoft’s Kevin Turner.

Paul Hamerman from Forrester was quoted widely commenting on SAP’s impressive results with close to 130 per cent growth in cloud revenues and 13 per cent growth in overall revenue, while Todd Jackson rose to prominence this month as the former Twitter director of product management announced that he was moving to DropBox. 

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1Simon HuAliyunPresident
2Virginia RomettyIBM CEO
3Paul HamermanForrester ResearchVice President@paulhamerman
4Kevin TurnerMicrosoftCOO
5Todd JacksonTwitterFormer director of product management (moving to DropBox)@tjack
6Cindy BatesMicrosoftVP of SMB@Cindy_Bates
7Derek SchoettleIBM GM, Cloud Data Services
8Bertrand OdinetFreeport-McMoRan VP and CIO@bertrandodinet
9Jill PuleriOracleSVP and GM Retail Global Business Unit@jpuleri
10Stephen KleynhansGartnerResearch VP@SPKleynhans

The holiday season impacted the UK table this month, with IBM’s prolific social media presence Simon Porter, who hadn’t previously appeared any lower then 2nd dropping to 3rd. Simon’s vacation gave an opportunity for Skyscape’s Simon Hansford and Ubuntu’s Mark Baker to grab the top two spots. 

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1Simon HansfordCEOSkyscape Cloud Services@Shansford
2Mark BakerCloud Product ManagerUbuntu
3SimonPorterVP Midmarket EuropeIBM@simonlporter
4Jonathan BellVP Product MarketingOpen Cloud
5Rob FraserCTO for cloud servicesMicrosoft
6Mark WarrenEuropean Marketing DirectorPerforce Software @mark_warren
7Angus MacSweenCEOIomart
8Rob CarterVP cloud and data center marketingWindstream
9John RollasonMarketing DirectorSolidfire @JohnRollason
10Karl RobinsonChief Commercial OfficerStratoGen @robinsok

For the future tables we have adjusted our search algorithms to include SDN and NFV #CloudInfluence analyses. So if you are interested in these technologies or are a player in this part of the cloud market then tune in again soon to see what impact it has – maybe you’ll be appearing in next month’s rankings.

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.