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No real numbers from IBM and Microsoft
IBM and Microsoft state their cloud solutions are favourable, but so far no real numbers have been shown.
An IBM spokeman said their revenue tripled year over year in 2011 and they expect to earn $7 billion in Software-as-a-Service related revenue by 2015. But until now no numbers were shared and we can only guess how much it is right now.
Also Microsoft’s figures are vague: they stated to have 100,000 online services customers in June 2011 and to have doubled their revenue.
A reason for this behaviour may lay in the fact that neither IBM nor Microsoft wants to move to cloud and leave behind their existing on-premises software businesses. They prefer to focus both on acquisition and internal development.