It has been a busy month. As we covered in our recent blog (HP Quits Public Cloud; Dell buys EMC; What’s happening?) we had the $67 billion Dell EMC deal, followed by Symantec spinning out Veritas, Western Digital  buying SanDisk for $19 billion, EMC spinning out Virtustream and HP selling TippingPoint To Trend Micro For $300M. HP chose to exit the public cloud because it couldn’t reach scale in order to compete with AWS, Azure and Google, but Oracle announced a set of new services to maintain a presence in public cloud – promising to compete directly with AWS on price rather than scale – although exactly how Oracle can continue to compete on price in the longer term without scale remains unclear.

October also saw re:Invent (the AWS fan fest) as well as Oracle World (the Ellison fan fest) and the Tokyo OpenStack Summit (the fan fest for the open cloud OS). There were plenty of major announcements, event and other opportunities this month for senior executives to shine therefore.

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It is little surprise that Michael Dell topped the rankings – announcing the largest tech acquisition ever can have this kind of effect on your profile – even if much of the comment was questioning the amount of debt that Dell was taking on board in order to see the deal through.

Satya Nadella in second, was praised by Daniel Ives in third and other financial analysts like Bernstein’s Mark Moerdler in 15th for the success that Microsoft is having in shifting the firm’s focus to software and cloud services as demand for the Windows operating system slows in a weak PC market. Peggy Johnson in 5th, Microsoft’s EVP for Business Development, was also quoted widely.

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Robert Leblanc, IBM’s cloud leader, in 4th and Ginni Rometty, the firm’s CEO, in 7th were both commenting on yet further acquisitions as Big Blue turns a shade of sky blue – building out its cloud strategy with yet more strategic acquisitions. The purchase of The Weather Company being one of the largest amounts ever paid for a large data store – and with it a network of monitoring stations. Martin Jetter in 18th, John Kelly in 23rd and Martin Schroeter in 24th completed an impressive showing for IBM.

Andy Jassy in 6th and Mark Hurd in 10th took centre stage at their respective events – re:Invent and Oracle World.

Celebrating that Google’s apps had been successfully scaled to over 1 billion users and its investment in ‘transformative’ machine learning, was Google Vice President Sundar Pichai. The firm itself was squeezed out of the top ten organisations for the first time

Ridiculed by some for suggesting that HP was not a public cloud player back in April before withdrawing his comments and then finally accepting reality six months later. was Bill Hilf, HP’s SVP and GM Cloud in 12th.

And in 14th was Joe Tucci, Corporation Chairman of EMC – Micheal Dell’s target as Dell makes a strategic move to gain scale, just as HP does the reverse – splitting into two.

IndexNamePositionCompanyTwitterMovement since September
1Michael DellCEODell@MichaelDell
2Satya NadellaCEOMicrosoft@satyanadella- 1
3Daniel IvesAnalystFBR Capital Markets
4Robert LeBlancSenior Vice President, IBM CloudIBM@Rjlcan
5Peggy JohnsonEVP Business DevelopmentMicrosoft
6Andy JassyVice PresidentAmazon Web Services@ajassy+ 12
7Virginia RomettyCEOIBM@GinniRometty
8Emil SayeghPresident and CEOCodero Hosting
9Luka MucicCFOSAP
10Mark HurdCEOOracle@MarkVHurd- 6
11Sundar PichaiVice PresidentGoogle@sundarpichai
12Bill HilfSVP and GM CloudHP@bill_hilf
13Thomas KurianSenior ExecutiveOracle
14Joe TucciChairmanEMC Corporation
15Mark MoerdlerAnalystBernstein
16Julie BishopForeign Affairs minister, AustraliaAustralian Government@JulieBishop
17Aaron LevieCo-Founder and Chief Executive OfficerBox@levie- 12
18Martin JetterSVP of global technology servicesIBM
19Daniel ZhangCEOAlibaba
20Jim GanthierVP and GM of engineered solutions and cloudDell@jimgant
21Meg WhitmanCEOHP@MegWhitman- 9
22Terry WiseVP Worldwide Partner EcosystemAmazon Web Services
23John KellySVP of IBM Solutions Portfolio and ResearchIBM
24Martin SchroeterCFOIBM
25Amber CottleHead of global public policy and government affairsDropbox
26Thomas BeckerAnalystCommerzbank AG
27Rory CameronEVP corporate development, learning and marketing platforms CallidusCloud@rorycameron
28Brian OlsavskyCFOAmazon
29Tim CookCEOApple, Inc. @tim_cook
30Bill FathersEVP and GM Cloud Services Business UnitVmware@billfathers
31George TchaparianCEOEdgecore Networks
32Chris LeoneSVP Applications DevelopmentOracle@chrismleone
33Mirek KrenCEOKerio Technologies
34Scott GuthrieEVP Cloud and Enterprise GroupMicrosoft
35Taher BehbehaniCMOBroadSoft
36Rick JewellSVP Supply Chain Management ApplicationsOracle
37Mike SpanbauerVP ResearchNSS Labs @mikespanbauer
38Dilip RahulanExecutive Chairman and Managing DirectorPCS
39Laeeq AhmedOracle Security and Controls practice leadeKPMG
40Tom LeightonCEOAkamai @TomLeightonAKAM
41Jim Inc @jimcramer
42Michaela FisherFinancial DirectorTCR
43Nicole HerskowitzSenior director of product marketing, Microsoft AzureMicrosoft@nicolelamb- 35
44Dennis WoodsideCOODropbox
45James KangchairmanSichuan Languang Development Co., Ltd
46Bill StaplesCorporate vice president, App Platform, Microsoft Azure.Microsoft
47Andy Childsvice president of marketingPaychex
48Andrew Van NoyCEOCloudCommerce
49Tomas UlinVP MySQL EngineeringOracle
50Jimmy DuanCTO CallidusCloud

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.