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THEME: Cloud infrastructure and software
Businesses are increasingly shifting their information technology systems from on-premise databases to cloud storage. The benefits are widely recognized and include reduced costs, enhanced data security, better collaboration, and greater flexibility for employees accessing company documents and data.
The demand for cloud computing is on the rise as more businesses find it essential to transition their on-site data systems.
STOCK: Microsoft (MSFT)While Amazon was a clear first mover in the cloud space, Microsoft is proving to be a fast follower with Azure.
- Microsoft is transitioning existing customers to Azure to help close the market-share gap.
- We believe Azure can achieve an annual growth rate in of more than 30% by 2023 — a figure well ahead of expectations and not yet priced into the stock.
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