Google Cloud continues to differentiate itself from other cloud providers by emphasizing specialized services, tools, and a partner-oriented strategy that enables businesses to achieve better flexibility, scalability, and security. Learn how the Google Cloud specialization strategy can help enterprises large to small generate greater value from cloud implementation.
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How have enterprise cloud adoption trends evolved post-pandemic?
The pandemic years profoundly impacted enterprises worldwide, and hyperscalers are no exception. A shift began when cloud gained popularity as a go-to tool to transform the enterprise landscape. As more enterprises moved online, the demand for cloud services skyrocketed, and cloud adoption topped enterprises’ digital transformation agendas.
Fast forward to the present day, when enterprises are still exploring cloud services but with a different agenda. The enterprise cloud adoption strategy has transitioned from “leap and observe” to “assess and stride.” Thus, cloud technology has transitioned from being a support tool to an enabler for enterprises’ long-term business growth, with new trends emerging to meet the changing needs of businesses and consumers alike.
How does Google Cloud meet the current enterprise preferences?
Google Cloud has evolved its value proposition to respond to market disruption by catering to use cases that provide such benefits as improved customer experience, better cost optimization options, increased security, the industry cloud, and many others.
It is slowly developing niche expertise to position itself as a strong competitor in the cloud provider ecosystem. With multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud adoption rapidly accelerating among enterprises, Google Cloud is emerging as a preferred secondary cloud option because of its flexibility and compatibility with existing enterprise infrastructure, simplicity of data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) products, robust security features, and cost-effectiveness.
With a targeted focus, its expertise echoes customers’ key adoption preferences, such as:
- Gaining innovative insights from data streams: Data is the “key” that opens pathways that can help any enterprise build a competitive advantage through innovation. However, the typical characteristics of data, such as volume, veracity, and variety, have always posed challenges for enterprises in effectively analyzing and utilizing the data. This becomes even more concerning for firms operating in a multi- and hybrid-cloud environment. Google Cloud’s targeted focus on “an open, unified, and intelligent data ecosystem” can provide improved insights while managing each data lifecycle stage.
Enterprises seeking to harness their existing data’s full potential for business growth and innovation are taking advantage of Google Cloud’s AI-enabled data offerings. From natural language processing and computer vision to predictive analytics and personalized recommendations, enterprises are opting for Google Cloud’s AI/ML solutions to drive innovation, unlock new insights, and, thereby, improve business outcomes. Enterprises are widely adopting BigQuery for scalable data analysis. Moreover, Google Cloud’s investments in expanding data center coverage and rising computing and storage capabilities are aligned with meeting rising enterprise demand for seamless data-driven innovation
- Embracing open-source cloud for flexibility and control: A few years into their cloud journey, enterprises are experiencing visible cloud challenges, including inefficient scalability, limited agility, and rising cost pressures. To create a flexible, interoperable, and reliable cloud infrastructure, they are gradually transitioning to an open-source ecosystem. Enterprises are using Google Cloud’s latest products and services to create an open-source portable application architecture, which can provide ease and flexibility for developers to remain in a lock-in-free environment.
As enterprises strive to maintain ownership and control over their data and applications, Google Cloud’s open-cloud approach provides them with the necessary transparency and control to address security and compliance concerns. With its key contribution to various open-source projects such as Kubernetes, Istio, and TensorFlow, Google Cloud has fortified its position as a cost-friendly cloud that offers enterprises the ability to maintain ownership and control over their data and applications
- Creating secure cloud infrastructure: Security has become a top priority for enterprises as they deal with massive amounts of data and essential workloads on cloud platforms. They are more concerned than ever about keeping complete control over their IT infrastructure and guaranteeing the security of their cloud-based infrastructure, owing to the soaring need for resilience and reliability post-pandemic. Traditionally, Google’s security focus spanned its product suite, including encryption of data at rest and in transit, and AI-enabled threat detection. Its recent acquisitions, Mandiant and Chronicle, are steps towards creating an end-to-end secure cloud security suite focused on preventing threats and providing reliable and secure cloud services. Enterprises are choosing Google Cloud for secure cloud infrastructure due to its security features, private global network, and comprehensive compliance framework and certifications
How can enterprises continue to grow with Google Cloud?
Enterprises are increasingly appreciating Google Cloud’s specialized offerings, and their adoption journey remains centered around selected technology workloads. Twitter, Mayo Clinic, and Ford are some prominent examples of enterprises following this approach. Let’s take a further look at the Google Cloud specialization strategy.
Recognizing the paramount adoption shift, Google Cloud quickly organized its core specializations and processes into the following three strategic differentiators that enterprises could leverage for business growth:
- Industry-centric ecosystem as a differentiator: During cloud transformation engagements, enterprises face multiple vertical-specific constraints, including data sovereignty, regulations, and governance of mission-critical applications. These constraints have become significant concerns, requiring effort-intensive operations to effectively mitigate the associated challenges. Providers and vendors have recognized the importance of industry-centricity, and Google Cloud has been no different. However, its focus on industries is aligned with its data and next-generation expertise, with a higher preference flowing in from verticals where this expertise can transform the entire value chain. Prominent examples are retail, distribution, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) verticals, where Google Cloud’s AI/ML products and models can be used to reinvent the entire supply chain. Enterprises in the healthcare domain can leverage solutions such as Healthcare Data Engine and AlphaFold for health analytics and drug discovery, respectively. Google Cloud’s industry-specificity can help enterprises improve the customer experience by accelerating time to market, introducing customized innovative solutions, and optimizing enterprise operations
- Unified cloud ecosystem as a differentiator: Google Cloud’s approach of “open cloud, data cloud, and trusted cloud” is suited to provide enterprises with a well-defined unified ecosystem that can help them navigate the cloud, maintain required operational efficiencies, and enable business growth from Moreover, enterprises can benefit from this unified ecosystem by accessing the services and products that can help create a cost-efficient, agile, and resilient cloud transformation approach
- Partner ecosystem as a differentiator: Inefficient strategy roadmaps have emerged as one of the top reasons cloud adoption fails within enterprises. While Google Cloud has strategically engineered its products and services, it relies on channel partners to deliver them. These partners approach each cloud engagement with the objectives of enablement and growth. Enterprises can align with partners through a Google Cloud conduit that acts as a matchmaker. These partners bring the required talent, tools, and experience to act as an extension of the team while being long-term strategic enablers during enterprises’ cloud journey. Moreover, Google Cloud’s technology vendor landscape has evolved to create a collaborative ecosystem for enterprises, which can allow them to innovate their product offerings
How can enterprises best adopt Google Cloud?
Overall, adopting Google Cloud requires careful planning, coordination, and management. Enterprises can ensure their cloud adoption is executed smoothly and efficiently by asking the following questions:
- What measures can we take to establish accountability for meeting defined service commitments and objectives and key results? Have we considered contract termination scenarios?
- How easy are the contract update, renewal, and termination processes?
- How much flexibility do we have during contract change, renewal, and termination? Are we aware of the pricing and inclusion of products in enterprise discount plans such as Sustained Use Discounts (SUDs) and Committed Use Discounts (CUDs)?
- How can we ensure our cloud adoption strategy roadmap aligns with organizational goals and objectives?
- Are we leveraging industry-centric products and services available in Google Cloud’s open ecosystem to enhance flexibility within the enterprise?
- How can we effectively collaborate with Google Cloud and third-party vendors to accelerate and optimize solution delivery?
- Talent management:
- How ready is our talent pool to handle the operational and business complexities associated with the Google Cloud adoption?
- How will we ensure change management while transitioning to Google Cloud ecosystem?
- What measures should we take to guarantee ongoing training, support, and knowledge enhancement for all individuals involved in the Google Cloud adoption, while also considering the engagement of Google Cloud’s engineering and professional services teams?
- What is our governance framework to effectively manage the adoption of Google Cloud within our enterprise?
- How can we ensure a controlled and accountable approach to Google Cloud adoption?
- How will we actively monitor and address risks associated with Google Cloud adoption, and what are our mitigation strategies to minimize the potential impact?
With maturing digital adoption, enterprises are changing their outlook towards utilizing the cloud as a key value generator. A successful strategy and a well-established roadmap are needed to realize cloud’s expected value. Choosing the right system integrator to partner with is also critical to get the most out of Google Cloud adoption.
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