A common theme connected the Amazon, Microsoft and Google earnings reports last quarter: major growth in cloud revenue. Amazon Web Services (AWS) brought in $5.11 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter; Microsoft Azure revenue is up 98%; and Google, while still growing in the sector, says its cloud now brings in $1 billion per quarter. Here is a look at what the future may hold for the marketing cloud stack.
A major shift to “Everything as a Service” gives customers current versions of what they need, when they need it and at a predictable price. Subscription services also help businesses create recurring revenue streams, strengthen customer loyalty and provide differentiated offerings. Learn how cloud-based services are helping power the subscription boom.
Retail executives are expected to spend capital in 2013 to expand growth in some key areas including technology over the next year. Furthermore, social media, mobile along with online promotions and coupons are the technology-related trends having a significant impact on the retail industry in 2013, according to the 2013 Retail Outlook Survey by KPMG LLP.
IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today a major three-year agreement with L’Oreal USA for expert procurement services using an advanced cloud analytics solution that will transform the way L’Oreal USA buys from its network of North American suppliers. The new services will enable the company to bring beauty products to consumers more quickly and efficiently.
Growing a multichannel retail business with order management in the cloud means having important details about the business such as customer orders, fulfillment requests and inventory levels available in real-time as the information is no longer stuck in the back office. SMBs who leverage the cloud gain actionable insight into the details of their business. For small retailers, this insight translates to growth and increased efficiencies, positioning their business to capitalize on opportunity.