In a June Information Week survey covering enterprise app use (excludes software such as Windows, Office, and databases), 24% of respondents named Microsoft (MSFT) their "most strategic " app supplier, up from 19% in April '12.
Though its Windows sales have fallen, Microsoft has been seeing solid billings growth for enterprise app offerings such as Dynamics, Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint.
Salesforce (CRM) rose to 10% from 6%. The company posted 25% Y/Y billings growth in FQ1, and is reporting FQ2 results on Aug. 29.
On the other hand, Oracle (ORCL), which is coming off two quarters of license revenue misses and is reportedly dealing with salesforce turmoil, fell to 23% from 30%. Archrival SAP fell slightly to 15% from 16%.
The cloud migration continues: 46% of respondents said their companies are using cloud/SaaS apps, up from a prior 38%. Not surprisingly, companies are more comfortable moving CRM and HR apps to the cloud (Salesforce and WDAY have led the way) than moving ERP apps (SAP's stronghold in the on-premise world).
Also, 60% said their firms are using or considering a cloud app platform such as Salesforce's Heroku and Force.com vs. a prior 52%, and 48% said the same for cloud infrastructure platforms such as AWS (AMZN) vs. a prior 41%. Windows Azure competes in both realms.
Interestingly, in spite of the rapid growth SAP has seen for Hana, only 13% of respondents said their firms are using an in-memory database. Another 37% are considering, and 50% are unlikely to consider it.