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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella On ‘The New Growth Engines,’ Teams Innovations And Recession Concerns

Wade Tyler Millward

‘I don’t hear of businesses looking to their IT budgets or digital transformation projects as the place for cuts,’ Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday on the company’s earnings call.

On How Digital Technology ‘Powers The World’s Economic Output’

It was a record third quarter driven by the continued strength of the Microsoft Cloud, which surpassed $23 billion in revenue, up 32 percent year over year.

Going forward, digital technology will be the key input that powers the world’s economic output. Across the tech stack, we’re expanding our opportunity and taking share as we help customers differentiate, build resilience and do more with less.

Now I’ll highlight examples starting with Azure. We’re building a distributed computing fabric across the cloud and the edge to help every organization build, run and manage mission critical workloads anywhere.

This quarter, we helped more customers than ever simplifying and accelerating their cloud migrations. And it’s still early days. We are winning tier-one infrastructure workloads. Leaders in every industry – from BlackRock to Bridgestone to Lufthansa – are all moving mission critical workloads to Azure.

And we are the market leader for customers’ SAP workloads in the cloud. Atos, Chevron, Fujitsu and Woolworths all migrated their SAP applications to Azure in recent months.

Overall, we’re seeing larger, more strategic Azure commitments from industry leaders including Boeing, Kraft Heinz, U.S. Bank and Westpac, who all chose our cloud to accelerate their digital transformations.

The number of $100 million-plus Azure deals more than doubled year over year. And we are seeing consumption growth across every industry, customer segment and geography.

Now to data and AI. Our data stack is unique in bringing best-in-class operational databases, analytics and governance into one integrated data fabric.

Cosmos DB transactions and data volume increased over 100 percent year over year for the third quarter in a row. Synapse data volume more than doubled year over year.

And we are seeing strong adoption of Purview as we help organizations govern, protect and manage their data estate across platforms and clouds.

From Deutsche Börse to EY, customers in every industry are using our end-to-end data platform.

Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at

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