Google Cloud Next: Everything you need to know about the new strategy

CEO Thomas Kurian has made his mark on Google Cloud Platform with a strategy that's enterprise friendly and focused on industries. Here's what you need to know.

Google Cloud Platform becomes more enterprise friendly The biggest takeaway from the Google Cloud Next conference is that the company is packaging its services up in ways that'll be more appealing to enterprises. The big trick for Google though will be adding enough account managers to service big businesses. Read more:

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Google Cloud Platform CEO Thomas Kurian made his debut as leader of the company and outlined a strategy that will look familiar to enterprise technology buyers.

In fact, some of Kurian's strategy looked cribbed from his alma mater: Oracle. Yes, Google Cloud Platform checked all the boxes at Google Cloud Next. Check out the separated-at-birth slides between Oracle and Google Cloud.

Oracle's decades-old industry nameplate slide:


And now Google:


Here's the rundown and what you need to know:


None of this GCP playbook is unique if you're used to buying hardware and software from the likes of Dell, HPE, Cisco, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Salesforce, and a host of other vendors. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that GCP is firmly speaking enterprise technology and that reality may finally make it a larger threat to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

On the second day of Google's cloud conference, the company leaned into artificial intelligence and industry specific partnerships.

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