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Welcome to Insights for IT Negotiations, a podcast by UpperEdge, a leading IT sourcing, negotiation, and project execution advisory firm. Join John Belden, UpperEdge’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, and Kylie Chisholm, UpperEdge’s Marketing Manager, every other week as they share valuable insights to help you maximize the value of your key IT…
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Welcome to Insights for IT Negotiations, a podcast by UpperEdge, a leading IT sourcing, negotiation, and project execution advisory firm. Join John Belden, UpperEdge’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, and Kylie Chisholm, UpperEdge’s Marketing Manager, every other week as they share valuable insights to help you maximize the value of your key IT…
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Oracle reported a great quarter, with their stock price up over 13%. A significant amount of their growth this quarter was cloud related, with their cloud revenue up over 23%. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) revenue was also up 53%. Going forward, Oracle forecasts a tremendous amount of increase, including OCI growth at over 50% and total revenue…
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Workday reported a strong quarter, with their revenue up 17% from the prior quarter and 18% year-over-year. However, this revenue is still down from the 20% growth they were experiencing in prior years. As a result, they have lowered their projection numbers for the remainder of the year. Workday is citing scrutiny on how money is being allocated f…
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Salesforce’s Q1 FY25 total revenue came in at $9.13B, representing an 11% growth year-over-year. This was on the lower end of their guided range and came up short of the analyst expected $9.17B. Salesforce now expects their FY25 subscription and support revenue growth to come in slightly below 10% (Salesforce’s better way of saying single digit). E…
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Microsoft announced their FY24 Q3 earnings yesterday. Total revenue was reported as $61.9B, better than the $60.9B analysts were expecting. The critically important Microsoft Cloud revenue, which includes Azure, O365 Commercial, LinkedIn, Dynamics 365 and other cloud products, came in at $35.1B, representing a 23% increase year-over-year. Microsoft…
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ServiceNow’s Q1 FY24 subscription revenue came in at $2.523B, representing 25% growth year-over-year while also beating guidance and analyst expectations. ServiceNow also slightly raised their full year FY24 subscription revenue guidance, now expecting somewhere between $10.56B and $10.575B, which would represent 21.5 to 22% growth. In this podcast…
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Oracle’s Q3 2024 earnings call was released earlier this week, and it should come as no surprise that they continue to be laser-focused on the cloud. If you’re an existing or prospective Oracle customer, you can benefit from Oracle’s priorities in your upcoming negotiations. In this podcast, Oracle Practice Manager Shane Griffin gives a high-level …
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Workday's FY24 revenue saw an impressive increase, with total revenue reaching $1.90 billion and marking a 17% year-over-year growth. This growth was slightly ahead of Workday’s target and supported by an increase in net-new customers, ongoing focus on the healthcare sector and early renewals. In this podcast, Workday Practice Manager Erwann Couesb…
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Salesforce’s FY24 total revenue came in at $34.9B, representing an 11% growth year-over-year. However, this did come in much lower than the 18% growth posted in FY23. Salesforce’s FY25 guidance also represents a continued decline in growth, as the midpoint of Salesforce’s forecasted revenue would represent roughly 8.6% growth. It is clear from the …
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Microsoft announced their FY24 Q2 earnings yesterday. Total revenue was reported as $62B, better than the $61.1B analysts were expecting. The critically important Microsoft Cloud revenue, which includes Azure, O365 Commercial, LinkedIn, Dynamics 365 and other cloud product, came in at $33.7B, representing a 24% increase year-over-year. Microsoft’s …
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ServiceNow’s Q4 subscription revenue came in at $2.37B, representing 27% growth year-over-year while also beating guidance and analyst expectations. ServiceNow also raised their full year FY24 subscription revenue guidance by $165M, now expecting somewhere between $10.56B and $10.58B, which would represent 21.5 to 22% growth. In this podcast, Servi…
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Microsoft made some pretty big announcements tied to their Copilot for Microsoft 365 offering. In this podcast, Microsoft Practice Leader, Adam Mansfield, shares his thoughts on each announcement and what customers need to be thinking about as they consider adopting Copilot for Microsoft 365.Host: Adam Mansfield: https://bit.ly/3rPGp8r Microsoft Co…
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Salesforce’s Q3 subscription and support revenue came in at $8.14B, representing 13% growth year-over-year, but fairly flat revenue growth when compared to other quarters in FY24. It also represents significantly lower growth when compared against the 18% growth posted last Q3. During the earnings call, CEO, Marc Benioff, made it clear that he and …
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Salesforce’s Q2 FY24 total revenue came in at $8.6B, beating analysts expected $8.53B, and represented 11% growth year-over-year. Salesforce raised their full year FY24 revenue guidance from $34.7B to $34.8B, which would represent 11% growth year-over-year and beat the expected guidance of $34.65B. They stated recent price increases were accounted …
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Salesforce announced that they will be increasing list prices by an average of 9% across Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Industries and Tableau products. Salesforce’s last list price increase was over seven years ago, so it was only a matter of time. As further justification for the price increases, Salesforce also cited the fact that …
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Oracle had an exceptionally strong quarter in FY23 Q4, showing considerable revenue growth across their Cloud Fusion (up 47%), ERP (up 28%), and NetSuite (up 24%) offerings. Over the past several quarters, Oracle has maintained steady growth numbers, especially for their cloud offerings, proving that they have caught up with competitors like Workda…
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Workday had another solid quarter in FY24 Q1. They announced a 23% growth in revenue, beating market expectations and their 20% target. However, with upcoming changes in leadership at the C-Suite level and an uncertain macroeconomic environment that’s causing elongated sales cycles, it will be critical for Workday to maintain the growth momentum th…
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Salesforce released their Q1 FY24 earnings, and while they did beat their previously forecasted revenue target, they reported their slowest revenue growth since 2010 and stated they expect this slowed growth to continue. Salesforce’s total revenue for the quarter was $8.25B, up 11%. Salesforce also reiterated full year FY24 total revenue guidance o…
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ServiceNow’s FY23 Q1 subscription revenue came in at $2.024B, representing 24% growth year-over-year and beating the $1.996B analysts were expecting. ServiceNow also raised full year FY23 subscription revenue guidance, citing a pipeline that continues to look robust for the remainder of the year. ServiceNow closed 66 transactions in the quarter wit…
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Microsoft’s FY23 Q3 earnings were published yesterday, and total revenue was reported as $52.9B, better than the $51.02B analysts were expecting. Most importantly, Microsoft Cloud revenue (which includes Azure, O365 Commercial, LinkedIn, Dynamics 365 and other cloud products) was reported at $28.5B, representing a 22% increase year-over-year and co…
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Oracle closed out another strong quarter with the following highlights from their FY23 Q3 earnings call:• Cloud growth was up 45%• SaaS offerings like FusionERP and NetSuite showed increases of 20% and 26%, respectively.• Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s consumption rate was up 86%• IaaS revenue was up 57% With numbers going up across the board, Oracl…
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Workday fell short of expectations in their most recent FY23 Q4 earnings call, but their revenue was still posted as a 20% increase year-over-year and their overall growth projections throughout the next FY remain accurate. These numbers are a direct result of elongated sales cycles in an economic downturn, but Workday continues to leverage their c…
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Salesforce’s Q4 FY23 revenue came in at $8.38B, up 14% year-over-year and beating guidance ($7.93B - $8.03B) and analyst expectations ($7.99B / 9.2% growth). Salesforce’s full year FY23 revenue came in at $31.B, higher than guidance ($30.9B - $31B) and represented 18% growth year-over-year. Salesforce also provided full year FY24 revenue guidance o…
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Workday announced a 3% layoff of its workforce earlier this week. While these layoffs are significantly smaller than what we have seen from other major tech companies recently, there are still some important insights to gather from this reduction to their global workforce. These layoffs primarily affected the product and technology division, but Wo…
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ServiceNow’s Q4 subscription revenue came in at $1.86B, representing 22% growth year-over-year even though cRPO fell short of guidance. ServiceNow pointed out during the earnings call that cRPO (revenue that will be recognized in next 12 months) was impacted by fewer early 2023 renewals than is typical in Q4. ServiceNow mentioned that they outperfo…
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Microsoft’s FY23 Q2 earnings came out, and total revenue was reported as $52.7B, lower than what analysts were expecting ($52.9B). This revenue represented only 2% growth year-over-year, the slowest rate of growth since 2016 . Microsoft’s net income was also down 12%. Most importantly, Microsoft Cloud revenue was reported at $27.1B, representing a …
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Several key executives are leaving Salesforce, including Co-CEO Bret Taylor, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, Tableau CEO Mark Nelson and Chief Strategy Office Gavin Patterson. This substantial executive level exodus is certainly catching the attention of investors, Salesforce competitors and customers. In this podcast, our Salesforce Practice Leader…
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Salesforce’s Q3 FY23 total revenue came in at $7.84B, slightly higher than the expected $7.82B, and represented 14% growth year-over-year. However, Salesforce provided Q4 FY23 revenue guidance that came up short of what was previously expected, while also mentioning they were not yet ready to give FY24 guidance. Additionally, it was announced that …
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ServiceNow’s Q3 subscription revenue came in at $1.742B, representing 22% growth year-over-year but lower than the expected $1.85B. ServiceNow also lowered their full year subscription revenue guidance from a midpoint of $6.92B to a midpoint of $6.86B, while maintaining an expected subscription gross margin of 86%. ServiceNow now has 1,530 customer…
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In their most recent earnings call, Microsoft beat revenue expectations but posted the lowest rate of revenue growth in five (5) years. Microsoft’s FY23 Q1 total revenue was $50.1B, up 11%. Microsoft Cloud revenue grew 24% to $25.7B, and for the first time exceeded 50% of Microsoft’s overall company revenue. Their go-forward success will continue t…
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Salesforce’s Dreamforce Conference is a massive event filled with celebrity appearances, sessions, dinners, and hallway meetups. But for many attendees, it can be an overwhelming experience. In this video, our Salesforce Practice Leader, Adam Mansfield, shares his thoughts on how attendees and the companies they represent can get the most out of th…
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Salesforce reported Q2 FY23 earnings and, once again, beat revenue expected by analysts. Salesforce’s total revenue for the quarter was $7.72B, up 22%, while analysts were expecting $7.69B. Despite this continued growth, Salesforce also lowered full year revenue guidance again. They are now expecting $30.9B-$31B, which would represent 17% growth ye…
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Oracle laid off part of its U.S. staff earlier this week as part of its plan to layoff thousands in the U.S., Canada, India, and Europe. These layoffs were primarily concentrated in marketing and the customer experience (CX) department. Oracle’s CX solutions include CRM products which compete with Salesforce, the leader in this space. Oracle Practi…
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ServiceNow’s Q2 subscription revenue came in at $1.658B, representing 25% growth Year-over-Year. However, RPO (Remaining Performance Obligations) came up short of expectations primarily due to longer sales cycles and FX headwinds. ServiceNow closed 54 transactions in the quarter with over $1M in new Annual Contract Value (ACV). ServiceNow now has 1…
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Microsoft missed on the top and bottom lines and posted their lowest earnings growth in two years according to their recent Q4 earnings call. Microsoft’s FY22 Q4 total revenue was $51.9B, which was up 12% but lower than what Wall Street expected ($52.4B) and lower than the high end of their adjusted revenue guidance ($52.6B). Microsoft Cloud eclips…
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There has been recent talk about Oracle getting ready to announce an increase in support fees. While we haven’t yet seen Oracle documentation confirming this increase, we have heard directly from Oracle customers who received messaging about a change in support fees and an increase in Oracle’s support fee cap. UpperEdge Oracle Practice Leader, Jeff…
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ServiceNow rolled out the new solution, Impact, earlier this year. If you are a ServiceNow customer, you have likely been pitched it and experienced an aggressive push to get it into your renewal. In this podcast, ServiceNow Practice Leader, Adam Mansfield, covers: • What is ServiceNow Impact• Why Impact is so important to ServiceNow• What comes wi…
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Workday recently reported their FY23 Q1 earnings, and while it reported a good quarter, Workday did experience some challenges and deals being pushed to the second half of FY23. Organizations are responding to the looming economic uncertainty and resulting turnover at the executive level by tapping the breaks on engagements. While Workday still saw…
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Salesforce reported Q1 FY23 earnings, and once again posted a strong total revenue growth of 24% while beating top- and bottom-line expectations. During the earnings call, Salesforce Co-CEOs Marc Benioff and Bret Taylor pointed towards the increased relevancy of Salesforce’s Customer 360 platform as a driving force behind their revenue growth. They…
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ServiceNow held its annual Financial Analyst Day ahead of Knowledge ’22 this week, and there many key takeaways that current and new customers need to be aware of. ServiceNow is focused on expanding customer portfolios to include as many products within their 4 workflows (Technology, Customer, Employee and Creator) as they can. Their goal is to fur…
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It's Day 1 of SAPPHIRE and Chip Hanna, UpperEdge's SAP Practice Director, has a few important insights to share regarding SAP's announcement of a new strategic partnership with McKinsey. Anyone who is considering SAP RISE will find important information in this relevant and timely podcast and will get some reading-between-the-lines from the SAP/McK…
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ServiceNow’s FY22 is off to a strong start, with a Q1 subscription revenue of $1.63B representing 26% growth year-over-year. ServiceNow closed 52 transactions in the quarter with over $1M in new annual contract value, an increase of 41%. ServiceNow has over 1,400 customers paying them over $1M per year, with the average annual spend among that grou…
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Microsoft beat expectations on the top and bottom lines, posting FY22 Q3 total revenue of $49.4B. It is clear that the continued success is directly tied to Microsoft Cloud, which includes Azure, Office365, LinkedIn, Dynamics 365, Power Apps, and other cloud solutions. Microsoft Cloud eclipsed $23B in the quarter, representing a 32% increase year-o…
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Salesforce reported FY22 Q4 earnings, and once again posted strong revenue growth of 26%. They also posted 25% revenue growth for the full year while raising FY23 revenue guidance by $300M. It was very clear that Slack will be a focus for Salesforce moving forward as they expect turn it into a $1.5B business by the end of FY23. In this podcast, Sal…
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ServiceNow had another strong quarter and year, with subscription revenue of $1.52B in Q4 and $5.57B for the full year, representing 29% and 30% growth respectively. ServiceNow also now has 1,359 customers that pay over $1M per year, with the average annual spend being $3.8M. ServiceNow is able to do this through organic growth and executing to a s…
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Microsoft once again beat analyst expectations, posting FY22 Q2 total revenue of $51.7B. Their success is being driven by the Microsoft Cloud (which includes Azure, O365, LinkedIn, Dynamics 365, Power Apps, and other cloud solutions). When selling their cloud solutions to enterprise customers, Microsoft will continue to pitch a “One Microsoft’ appr…
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There is a direct correlation between SAP system implementation failures and how companies approach the SI selection process. The traditional procurement approach is flawed and fails to account for the complexities of an enterprise SAP SI selection today. The demand for SI services in strategic industries is accelerating as companies come out of th…
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Salesforce reported FY22 Q3 earnings this week and, once again, Salesforce posted a strong revenue growth of 27% while also raising full year guidance. Additionally, Salesforce now has two (2) business units or “clouds,” that being Service Cloud and Sales Cloud, that have an annual run rate of $6B. It was also announced that Bret Taylor will work w…
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This is the third podcast in our three-part series covering SAP Support Model Case Studies. Listen to part one on SAP RISE here bit.ly/3k0SGEe and part two on the “Do It for Me” model here https://bit.ly/3mMGFnB SAP customers migrating their SAP workload to the cloud have four primary support models to choose from. These include the “Do It Yourself…
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