Alibaba is expanding its cloud services to include big data analytics.
Alibaba has hired Zhou Jingren to enter this new and expanding market, cloud based analytics. One of the rules in business that I advocate is that you can plant a rubber tree or a pine tree. The rubber tree gives you much more returns. The cloud based analytics market has been estimated at 20 billion in China by 2020 and growing. That’s a rubber tree. What will be important is that management protect and give the support to Mr. Jingren, so that he can innovate, develop pilots, prototypes, and early adopters, and then scale this operation, which will be different than scaling Alibaba’s traditional ecommerce business.