Cloud computing trends for 2019

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So why the pricey acquisitions? And is this the signal towards a wider industry trend? What it really marks is a drastic change of heart from previously renowned closed shops Microsoft and IBM that contributing to open source and developing proprietary intellectual property need not be conflicting interests, and that some of the most interesting developments are coming from that open source community. Google Cloud is also consistentlyoutspoken about its commitment to open source.

The long term goal is to leverage these communities to stay ahead of the competition, but there is of course a short-term business benefit too. As Docker CEO Steve Singh told Computerworld UK: "From building Concur, to being on the executive team of SAP, whenever you do an acquisition there's always a business reason behind it. The business reason might be I want great technology, the business reason might be I need to be able to monetise a particular thing.

"If you look at why SAP bought Concur, Ariba, or Fieldglass, or SuccessFactors or Qualtrics," the former SAP executive said, "they did it because they wanted to deliver that functionality to their customers, and they have this economic or sales engine or distribution engine that's just bigger."

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