360insights Moves to Azure
360insights, a global channel incentives leader offering features such as channel insights and consumer and channel rebates, announced this week that they have successfully migrated their Software as a Service Channel Success Platform to Microsoft Azure.
The platform is intended to serve the needs of large enterprises who go to market through complex distribution. They stated that their founding principle of delivering a secure, flexible, scalable solution to clients was the driving force behind their move to Azure.
Is this partnership another boost for Microsoft to push past AWS? Only time will tell.
Google Cloud Exec Says Goodbye
Google’s head of product management for cloud-based artificial intelligence, Apoorv Saxena, is leaving the company to take his expertise elsewhere. That elsewhere is J.P. Morgan’s AI and machine learning services division, which he will lead from Palo Alto, CA. The company also announced that he will be the head of Asset and Wealth Management AI Technology for the New York-based J.P. Morgan Chase.
His leave comes at a time when many large corporations, such as banks and tech giants, are vying for heavily-sought after AI and machine learning talent. Google has yet to comment on the departure; however talent leaving Google to lead AI efforts elsewhere is nothing new. Google is a training ground for AI and those that learn from them have benefited other major giants like Apple and Baidu.
CareerBuilder Integrates with Google Cloud
The loss of their AI head hasn’t seemed to slow down Google Cloud in their partnership game, announcing this week that they have partnered with CareerBuilder. Careerbuilder.com will now have a Google Cloud Talent Solution available that will allow US military service members to enter their military occupational speciality code to find relevant work that matches similar skills to those used in their military careers.
It is estimated that 250,000 military members enter civilian life a year, but many struggle to find jobs. When polled by Career builder it was found that 40% of employers reported that they plan to actively recruit U.S. veterans for their jobs in 2018 and 68% said if they had two equally qualified candidates, and one was a veteran, they would hire the veteran.
This isn’t the first partnership benefiting veterans that CareerBuilder has made. Last year they partnered with Rally Point, one of the largest military focused online networks in the world, to network their employers with Rally Point’s military members. When asked about the partnership, Tarquin Clark Director of Partnership & GTM, Google Cloud said, “We owe a debt of gratitude to America’s service member and we’re committed to helping them thrive in civilian life.”
AWS Expands their Partnership with VMware
This past week VMware hosted their global conference for virtualization and cloud computing, VMworld, in Las Vegas where it was announced that their partnership with AWS, that began two years ago, was growing. The CEO of AWS, Andy Jassy, took the stage to announce a couple of key moves for the partnership coming in the future.
He announced an expansion of VMware Cloud on AWS to Asia-Pacific and Amazon Relational Database Services availability on VMware, which will roll out in a few months. Jassy stated, “I think it’s very exciting for our customers and I think it’s also a good example of where we’re continuing to deepen the partnership and listen to what customers want, and then innovate on their behalf.”
The service aims to take the capabilities of setting up relational databases in the cloud but manage them on VMware’s on-premises environment, though users can decide to migrate (easily) if they find the databases would be better longer-term on AWS.
Our Principal Analyst Paul Teich covered AWS and VMware’s closer private cloud relationship, announced at VMworld, in his Forbes contributor post at www.forbes.com/sites/paulteich.