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.
GCP wants to be seen as a digital transformation enabler.
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.