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Two years ago, I called the cloud the most disruptive technology ever, because it made the world’s most advanced technologies available to just about anyone with an internet connection. Previously, only large enterprises that could afford to maintain expensive IT staffs could access cutting edge capabilities. Still, while the cloud has proved to be highly disruptive, it offered few capabilities that didn’t exist before. Sure, it made those capabilities cheaper, more efficient and more accessible, but the truth is that, outside of large data applications like Hadoop and Spark, it didn’t allow us to do much that we couldn’t do before.
When GoDaddy, the company best known for selling Internet domain names and a dark period of racy ads, debuted cloud computing services in March, some people scratched their heads. It was a big departure, they thought, to rent computing power and software tools to small and medium-sized business. But the company says the service is a natural extension of the products it’s been selling for some time, especially to developers who build websites for small businesses. “It makes it really simple for the little developers,” GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving told Fortune about the company’s new cloud computing service.
Ford Motor Co., seeking to boost its software expertise ahead of a shift to electric and autonomous cars, will invest $182.2 million in Pivotal Software Inc., the cloud-computing joint venture of EMC Corp. and VMware Inc. The investment gives the automaker a stake of about 6.6 percent in San Francisco-based Pivotal, Ford said. Microsoft Corp. will also invest in a financing round that totals $253 million, Pivotal said, adding that it has no set plans for a public share sale -- an option EMC Chief Executive Officer Joe Tucci said in October could happen in the “not-too-distant future.” For Pivotal, the investments bring in cash to fund operations at a time when an IPO now seems unlikely for the next year or two, according to a person familiar with Pivotal’s thinking.
The cloud is becoming more important at SAP SE, both as a driver of revenue and for internal productivity. Thomas Saueressig, who officially took the reins as CIO of SAP on May 1, plans to continue the work of previous CIO Helen Arnold. Helen Arnold told CIO Journal last year that the company is moving core software, such as its HANA analytic platform as well as corporate procurement and travel applications to the cloud. Mr. Saueressig wants to improve employee satisfaction by giving them a choice of devices and access to a range of cloud services that can help make them productive anywhere.
Miner Corp., which services facilities and repairs mission critical equipment, is making a big bet on the cloud as well as Salesforce. The company, which is nearing the 50-year-old mark, has a network of 300 in-house and 40,000 partner technicians and is expanding nationally. Privately-held Miner recently acquired ESS Group and House of Doors to gain more market coverage. Miner has 22 markets and partners in others to gain nationwide coverage in the U.S.