“The cloud email market is still in the early stages of adoption, Gartner said, with 13 percent of identified publicly listed companies globally using one of the two main cloud email vendors, Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps for Work, respectively. With the majority of companies opting for smaller vendors, the cloud email opportunity is still ripe for channel partners… According to Gartner, 8.5 percent of public companies in its sample of nearly 40,000 public companies globally use Microsoft’s Office 365 service, while 4.7 percent use Google Apps for Work.”
Seems pretty crazy, but I’m sure there’s sunk costs, security and data handling issues, and, well, sometimes it probably is cheaper.
Source: Gartner: Cloud Email Adoption Still in Early Stages
Microsoft (MSFT)’s commercial cloud revenue rose 114 percent in the fiscal 2015 second quarter, marking its sixth consecutive quarter of triple-digit commercial cloud revenue growth. The technology giant’s commercial cloud revenue is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion too.
All they have to do is retain and then convert the office crowd. Should be easy. As an old boss of mine used to say, “just don’t fuck it up.”
Ben has a good analysis of Microsoft from a corporate strategy stand point in his recent podcast.
Microsoft’s $5.5bn cloud business
Office 365 makes huge sense for many organisations, and is growing fast – “the fastest growing business in the history of the company,” according to Corporate VP of Windows Server and System Center Brad Anderson, speaking to the press last week
Update on Microsoft’s cloud plans from TechEd