Welcome to the Cloud Wars Minute — your daily news and commentary show, hosted by Cloud Wars Founder, Bob Evans. The next three minutes are packed with insights and perspectives around the “reimagination machine” that is the Cloud! Today’s Topic: AI’s Impact on the Cloud Wars Top 10.
0:22 – Guest host Aaron Back says that all of the companies in the Cloud Wars Top 10, like the larger tech industry, are experiencing an “insatiable desire” on the part of customers and partners for artificial intelligence (AI). The appetite for AI has led to some remarkable financial growth: global revenues for AI were up 21.3% in 2021, and they’re forecast to hit $62.5 billion in 2022.
0:58 – Because there are lots of companies still struggling to wrap their minds around AI, Aaron offers a quick explanation for what “artificial intelligence” means. While the concept has been around for a long time, in recent years there has been an all-out effort to democratize AI. Many of us have been using AI perhaps without knowing it; we call it Siri or Alexa.
1:30 – For the Cloud Wars Top 10, there’s been a concerted focus to incorporate AI into industry-specific solutions these companies are developing around healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and more. This has led to faster time-to-value for customers, co-creation with customers and partners, and coop-petition among vendors.
2:00 – For example: SAP is working with HP on industry-specific solutions that leverage SAP Conversational AI.
2:22 – In another example, Microsoft at its recent Microsoft Research Summit made “human-centered AI technology” a major focus.
3:00 – Aaron shares his take: that as the lines between competitors, partners, and customers continue to blur and the race to seize the #1 spot in the Cloud Wars Top 10 heats up, AI could become the deciding factor.