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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: 10 Boldest Statements From CRN’s Exclusive Interview

Donna Goodison

Here’s what Microsoft’s Satya Nadella had to say about how partners generate revenue, Azure’s edge over Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, emerging technologies, the SolarWinds hack and Microsoft’s bid for TikTok.

Azure Over AWS And Google Cloud

Our differentiation stems from a couple of different dimensions. One is when we think about Azure or for that matter any layer of our commercial cloud, it’s that scope. We have differentiation in Azure. Hybrid is something that we have always led. We have the most differentiated data layer. We have the most differentiated AI [artificial intelligence] layer as it meets tools. We have the most differentiated tool chain, especially with Azure DevOps and GitHub. But the most important thing for us is that line between Azure to GitHub to Power Platform to Microsoft 365 or Dynamics 365 is one integrated commercial cloud opportunity for partners.

When you are going to a partner or when you’re going to a customer, you don’t want to talk about infrastructure independent of data, you don’t want to talk about data independent of the SaaS applications, because customers care about all of these things together in the context of their business process, business value. That’s the unique opportunity: That we are more comprehensive in scope, scale, depth, which then in turn translates into partner opportunity and customer value, and I think that’s important.

 
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