Acceleration Economy co-founders John Siefert and Bob Evans introduce the Cloud Wars Top 10 CEO Outlook interview series, as well as the CEO Outlook Digital Summit, taking place on February 8. Register here for the Digital Summit.
This one-of-a-kind digital event will give CXOs and tech leaders a real-time view into the strategic discussions these industry leaders are having with customers, to provide insight into customers’ mindsets, tech priorities, and plans for 2023.
Key takeaways from this discussion follow.
00:54 — The leaders of these top cloud companies speak with CEOs and CXOs across every industry and every part of the world regularly so it’s beneficial to tech leaders to know what they’re hearing in the market when they talk to customers. They have to balance a certain amount of caution with ensuring they keep their foot on the gas so they’re ready to innovate and grow aggressively.
01:37 — Hearing from the CEOs of the top cloud companies helps Acceleration Economy readers understand where they stand relative to peers and competitors and determine if they’re ahead of the pack or out in front. It’s extremely valuable to hear their outlook for the coming year.
02:30 — John notes these leaders are steering massive ships so they provide a different level of contextual relevance and insight on the current state of the market.
02:52 — Referencing SAP and Snowflake, SAP is a “traditional” tech company with its roots in the on-premise past but last quarter it grew 38% in its total cloud revenue. SAP is taking the expertise it had in the traditional world and pivoting into the cloud.
03:14 — Cloud-native Snowflake is coming in with a whole different set of ideas. So there’s a wide range of people and ideas we’re going to be talking with and gaining exposure to their ideas.
03:36 — Bob is asking these execs to explain what they’re seeing, why it matters, and what advice they’re sharing with their customers. Additionally, he is asking these leaders what customers want them to do differently and better in 2023. It’s a great give-and-take.
04:01 — The CEOs, and the dates their interviews will publish, are:
- Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud, Jan. 10
- Arvind Krishna, IBM, Jan. 11
- Safra Catz, Oracle, Jan. 12
- Aneel Bhusri, Workday, Jan. 17
- Frank Slootman, Snowflake, Jan. 18
- Christian Klein, SAP, date coming soon
04:28 — Notably, IBM has just moved up to Number 7 from Number 10, and Arvind Krishna has a unique, bullishly optimistic outlook that he presents in his interview.
05:18 —You can tune in and hear all six of these amazing leaders on our Feb. 8 Digital Summit.
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