According to Forbes contributor, Bob Evans, the top ten Cloud-computing titans of 2017 are: Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, SAP, IBM, Oracle, Google, ServiceNow, Workday and VMware.
The reason why Amazon is not the first one on the list is due to the fact that it has a long history (42 years) of experience in software.
Microsoft and AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the newest technology yet and Microsoft has many ambitions with it. A year ago, the AI division was created and the company hired 5,000 software engineers and computer scientists.
Microsoft will undoubtedly develop intelligent software to help people and businesses. The cloud business is blooming for Microsoft with 20 billion $ in cloud revenue, offering IaaS, SaaS and PaaS.
Apart from the cloud business, the company also continues its main business, with the SQL Server.
Amazon: the leader of the IaaS space
This giant also dominates the cloud-infrastructure category, especially the IaaS space. A big question skeptics ask is if the company will be able to maintain its position. That is due to the fact that it is not a company build as an enterprise-software and it does not have the tradition and years of experience as Microsoft, Oracle and IBM do.
It appears that the company is ready to invest a lot for the future, recruiting from Cambridge, software engineers to help Amazon migrate its computing to AWS. According to the company other businesses decided to move 35,000 non-Amazon databases to AWS.
Amazon is also hiring software engineers in biotech and pharmaceutical so as to accelerate scientific discoveries and also simplify global collaboration.
AWS customers can perform several operations such as making decisions about geographic expansion, thanks to data analytics, coordinate and collaborate with remote partners, use better digital marketing resources to promote their product brands.