Rapid growth and the Cloud – thoughts from Google Cloud Next ’18

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By Paul Scott

Growth – Rapid Growth.

These are words we like to hear, both for Datacom and our customers – and these words ran strongly through last month’s GoogleNext conference.  Google is committed to its partners, and it makes us here at Datacom all the more proud to be working with Google Cloud, and even more excited about getting our customers connected.

Google Cloud Next ‘18 was three busy days packed full of talks, boot camps and information that we’re now happy to share with you.

The Google Cloud platform is growing at an exponential rate, and we’re looking forward to what’s coming over the next year.

“We’re re-engineering how we do business, and that goes hand in hand with the journey to the cloud.” Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene said. “Tech now encompasses all business and all society, and IT has gone from being a cost centre to a key driver for the business.”

For those new to it, Google Cloud is a service that helps companies empower employees, serve customers and build what’s next for business. And it does all this with a level of security that is defining the tech industry.

As we learned at the conference, Google is more secure by design. We were thrilled to hear about the Google Service Platform, which combines Kubernetes and Istio. With this, Google simplifies security and management of microservices. And that Kubernetes engine? It’s going to soon available on-premise and accessible from the cloud.

This means that whatever your data and containers, you’ll be able to manage it all in one place. The Datacom Software team is committed to making it easy to modernise your applications and bring them to the cloud. With Google Cloud it’s never been easier, it lets you design your applications with a mix of on-premise and cloud-based microservices.

Google’s cloud offering is open source and multi-cloud. So it’s are not about locking you into one solitary option but working to provide the best service, so you can run a better, smarter business.

Given what businesses are already doing with Google, take a moment to think about the marketing side of your business joined with the power of Google Cloud. The combined data story gives you a singular, superior view of your customer. In the coming year, Datacom will be focusing on that potential with Google, and we’ll make sure to deliver these new services to you.

Google is also bringing its world-renowned search capacity to the Cloud for your enterprise or business. You’ll be able to search for whatever it is you need to find within your business, be it files or anything else on the premise.

Google is also leading the way on AI. There’s Contact Centre AI, which allows enterprises to use AI to augment and improve contact centres without the need for deep AI expertise. Powerful, deployable contact centres are on the horizon, and since it’s part of Google Cloud, it will connect with the rest of your data and business (and also carry that cutting-edge security).

With BigQuery ML and Edge TPU for IOT, Google is also making machine learning and AI more democratic. The work Google is doing will mean that every device or sensor will have the ability to run machine learning or AI without having to go back into the cloud.

You also won’t need to move your data out of your data warehouse for analysts to access information and make predictions. They’ll be able to strategically look forward without any prior knowledge about machine learning. What’s more, with a few lines of code, developers can use Google’s AI building blocks (such as Cloud Vision API) to take your business to the next level.

Machine learning changes everything we know about computers. It takes everything we can currently do, but makes it better.

Our advice after attending Google Cloud Next?  Machine learning needs to be infused into every one of your business processes. Think of yourself now as a Machine Learning- or AI-first business. AI-first businesses are efficient, scalable and agile. It’s the next wave of business and is surpassing mobile- or social- first business models.

Our biggest takeaway? That the journey to the cloud has only just begun.

A multi-cloud strategy is now critical for every business.

Use the best-in-breed options for whatever it is you need to grow and don’t just go with one cloud provider.

Integrating a multi-service approach to better run your business and help your developers will make your business more efficient. And it’s that priority around efficiency that will help you move into being a stronger machine learning-first business.

And the more we learn, the more excited we are about the opportunities Google Cloud presents to Datacom and our customers. We can’t wait to help you access what is next!

For more detailed day-to-day rundown of what we learned, watch Paul’s daily vlogs here.