This month we have a proliferation of CEOs at the top of the rankings – 9 of the top 13. Leading them all as he has done on several previous months was Satya Nadella from Microsoft who was followed his colleague Scott Guthrie in 2nd and Nicole Herskowitz in 8th. They were each quoted widely as Microsoft announced a number enhancements to its cloud services at its recent Azure Convention.
Daniel Ives, a regular in the rankings, was also quoted widely commenting on everything from the new iPhones to the future of tech giants like HO, Oracle and IBM.
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Announcing that Oracle’s software will be available on the cloud by the OpenWorld conference at the end of October enabled Mark Hurd to hit 4th.
Sharing a stage at the BoxWorks conference in San Francisco, Aaron Levie in 5th and Tim Cook in 11th not only talked technology, but they both also touched on corporate responsibility, arguing that that American corporations have a responsibility to help improve equality, the environment and public education because of a lack of government progress in the past few decades.
Doing his best to promote the 2015 CRN Fast Growth 150 List was Robert Faletra in 6th, followed by Matthew Prince from CloudFlare, the hot start up that has attracted $110 million in funding from Fidelity, Baidu, Google, and Microsoft.
In 9th was Bill Run from GE which expects its software revenue to roughly triple to $15 billion by 2020 as it reaps significant gains from its digital operations. The company has predicted that the industrial internet will be twice the size of the consumer internet as industrial companies like GE and its customers generate massive productivity gains through the deployment of “intelligent” machines that eliminate unscheduled downtime.
Rounding out the top ten was Salesforce’s Marc Benioff who was busy this month touting the company’s Microsoft and Cisco Partnerships as path to success in the Internet of Things (IoT). This followed a host of other SalesForce enhancements announced at Dreamforce.
Just outside the top 10 in 12th was Meg Whitman, as HP restructures its cloud business ahead of its November corporate split. HP’s cloud R&D division will move into its software business, led by Robert Youngjohns. It’s cloud product management group, bossed by Bill Hilf, will also be swept into the software division. According to Whitman, this will help HP’s hybrid cloud strategy a great deal. HP’s actual cloud product division will move into the Enterprise Group, the same group that flogs servers and networking equipment.
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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.