We are creating more and more content than ever before on our computers, notebooks, tablets and smart phones. 90% of the world’s content was generated in the last two years alone! From documents, music, television series, movie downloads; to emails and photographs, such a variety of data now exists that we want to access from any of our devices at any given time. Personal cloud services such as Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive or iCloud provide the solution to our centralised and accessible data storage needs.


Step away from the personal and into the world of business and the same demands for storage exist, but on an even bigger scale. Due to the emergence of big data analytics and increased mobile usage, experts predict that small businesses employing cloud computing will more than double in the next six years, from 37% to 80%.  The Cloud enables network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources, allowing everyday computer users and organisations to maximize the effectiveness of the shared resources, as well as cutting costs and reducing IT obstacles.


Mapping the community

We were very interested in seeing which Cloud professionals and brands were leading the online discussion, so we analysed close to  888,571  tweets mentioning the following hashtags: #cloud OR #cloudcomputing OR #hybridcloud OR #privatecloud OR #publiccloud OR #thecloud OR #cloudstorageand and identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion.

We discovered a very engaged community with much discussion between individuals and brands. Below you can see a network map of the online conversation, be sure to click on the map to enjoy the full size network diagram in greater detail.


Top 100 Individuals

We looked at all the individuals engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top 100 most influential individuals in the Cloud landscape.

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Rank Twitter Handle Name PageRank (Normalised)
1 @imoyse Ian Moyse 100
2 @simonlporter SimonPorter 34.78
3 @keithbdixon Keith B Dixon 21.58
4 @markrussinovich Mark Russinovich 17.88
5 @DavidLinthicum DavidLinthicum 17.81
6 @craigbrownphd Craig Brown, Ph.D. 17.4
7 @dmuse Dan Muse 11.3
8 @jsnover jsnover 10.87
9 @sandy_carter sandy carter 10.49
10 @joemckendrick Joe McKendrick 9.25
11 @scottgu Scott Guthrie 9.18
12 @rwang0 R Ray Wang (王瑞光) 8.88
13 @gigabarb Barb Darrow 8.76
14 @Timothy_Hughes Tim Hughes 8.15
15 @mikeettling Mike Ettling – SAP 7.69
16 @GrandaCarlos Carlos Granda 7.54
17 @LouisColumbus LouisColumbus 7.52
18 @Dana_Gardner Dana Gardner 6.6
19 @dez_blanchfield Dez Blanchfield 6.38
20 @Staten7 Staten7 6.06
21 @holgermu Holger Mueller 6.05
22 @QuadStack Bill Kleyman 5.63
23 @swardley swardley 5.59
24 @golubbe Ben Golub 5.57
25 @DinkoEror Dinko Eror 5.56
26 @AliciaVRuiz Alicia Ruiz Calle 5.25
27 @GregorPetri Gregor Petri 4.92
28 @bernardgolden Bernard Golden 4.66
29 @tcrawford Tim Crawford 4.62
30 @ArmughanAA Armughan Ahmad 4.51
31 @dhinchcliffe Dion Hinchcliffe 4.47
32 @HaleChris Chris Hale 4.35
33 @ekhnaser Elias Khnaser 4.31
34 @tolvet Tony Olvet 4.26
35 @christianve Christian Verstraete 4.2
36 @NeilCattermull Neil Cattermull 4.18
37 @ReneBuest Rene Buest 4.09
38 @JKennedyMSFT Janet Kennedy 4.07
39 @danworthV3 danworthV3 3.94
40 @barrymoltz barrymoltz 3.83
41 @GMHornet David Tesler 3.81
42 @jhurwitz Judith Hurwitz 3.81
43 @jensieger Jen Sieger 3.76
44 @GordonDatDell Gordon Davey 3.71
45 @NicoleHemsoth Nicole Hemsoth 3.69
46 @adrianco adrian cockcroft 3.68
47 @blueboxjesse Jesse Proudman 3.37
48 @thecloudlawyer Frank Jennings 3.2
49 @pjtec PJ Jakovljevic 3.16
50 @stephen_horning Stephen Horning 3.06


Top 100 Brands

In the top 100 brands we can find a great selection of industry heavyweights like Microsoft, IBM and Google as well as useful resources such as Cloud Blogs and Talkin’ Cloud.

Rank Twitter Handle Name PageRank (Normalised)
1 @Azure Microsoft Azure 100
2 @IBMcloud IBM Cloud 55.77
3 @Oracle Oracle 33.92
4 @TheCloudNetwork TheCloudNetwork☁️ 30.14
5 @hphelioncloud HP Helion Cloud 28.88
6 @CiscoCloud Cisco Cloud 26.68
7 @CloudExpo CloudEXPO ® 23.79
8 @CIOonline CIO.com 23.39
9 @MSCloud Microsoft Cloud 22.12
11 @googlecloud GoogleCloudPlatform 18.73
12 @IDC IDC 18.21
13 @bluebox Blue Box Cloud 15.46
14 @Gartner_inc Gartner 14.76
15 @awscloud Amazon Web Services 14.1
16 @SoftLayer SoftLayer 12.4
17 @docker Docker 11.53
18 @InformationWeek InformationWeek 10.98
19 @EMCcorp EMC Corporation 10.54
20 @NetworkWorld Network World 10.21
21 @VMware VMware 10.1
22 @cloud_comp_news CloudTech 9.97
23 @BoxHQ Box 9.85
24 @NetSuite NetSuite 8.82
25 @DigitalAgendaEU Digital Agenda 8.52
26 @SAP SAP 8.26
27 @cloudtweaks CloudTweaks 7.82
28 @TheRegister The Register 7.21
29 @JumptuitNow Jumptuit 6.93
30 @451Research 451 Research 6.69
31 @DevOpsSummit DevOps Summit 6.46
32 @talkin_cloud Talkin’ Cloud 6.29
33 @CRN CRN 6.24
34 @platformnet The Platform 6.04
35 @CloudBlogs Cloud Blogs 5.92
36 @Concur Concur 5.86
37 @comparethecloud Compare the Cloud 5.85
38 @AccentureCloud Accenture Cloud 5.82
39 @clouderPC clouderPC 5.81
40 @CenturyLinkEMEA CenturyLink EMEA 5.79
41 @infoworld InfoWorld 5.77
42 @Dell Dell 5.68
43 @mspmentor MSPmentor 5.64
44 @UK_CIF Cloud Industry Forum 5.45
45 @cloudsa CloudSecurityAllianc 5.44
46 @CSC CSC 5.36
47 @ComputerWeekly ComputerWeekly 5.29
48 @Internet2 Internet2 5.16
49 @ThingsExpo @ThingsEXPO 5.03
50 @TTintheCloud SearchCloudComputing 4.72


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Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The brands and individuals listed are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion in the #cloud debate.

The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations are independent of a user’s number of followers, but we do filter our lists based on how much a user is engaged in the conversation and the influence they drive through their networks.

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