I always enjoy reading Bessemer's annual State of the Cloud report. One of my favorite slides below. The takeaway? Leading cloud companies don't decelerate growth nearly as quickly as they're expected to. Why? Cloud markets are almost always much bigger than anticipated
Analysts constantly underestimate leading cloud companies ability to sustain higher growth rates for longer periods of time
I also liked the metric of Growth Endurance they discussed. This is defined as current year growth / last year growth. Nearly 1/3 of cloud companies accelerate growth! (growth endurance > 100%). Data points include every BVP Nasdaq Cloud company over last decade
Big thanks to @bdeeter @TheValuesVC @mcadonofrio @HansaeCatlett @NextBigTeng for the time and energy they put in to the research behind the report 🙏

link: bvp.com/atlas/state-of…

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~10 years ago DevOps was born. The role of system admins and developers merged. Infrastructure became self-serve

Today the role of data engineers and business analysts are merging. Data is becoming self-serve
Data infrastructure is becoming so powerful that the tools today allow non-technical folks to carry out the once complicated / custom code/ huge backlog jobs of data engineers.

Before getting into what this means, let's first discuss how we got here
Before 2012 the data world was dominated by transactional (OLTP) databases like PostgreSQL, MySQL, etc and analytical (OLAP) databases like Oracle, Netezza

Tools like Informatica / Talend were used to batch load (ETL) data into these databases, Tableau used to visualize
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My biggest takeaway from Q3 cloud earnings? We REALLY saw cloud businesses ACCELEERATE. Since Covid began we heard anecdotal data of "digital transformations accelerating." But the data was never there. It is now. Data below shows the absolute change in rev growth % from Q3 to Q2
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