As to further emphasize the importance of data within and around the cloud and associated services, Google recently announced its intention to acquire Looker for $2.6 billion in June 2019. This is the second-largest acquisition by Google since the Nest purchase for $3.2 billion in 2014.
What is the importance of this acquisition? For starters, it will allow Google and Looker customers to analyze their data consistently across a variety of data sources. Since Looker’s data analytics and business-intelligence tools can work across multiple clouds (bolstering that multi-cloud commitment exemplified by Anthos, for example), the integration of Looker and Google data tools aims to provide a single source for intelligence and analytics.
According to Looker CEO Frank Bien, "The combination of Google Cloud’s BigQuery and associated data infrastructure and Looker’s platform for innovative data solutions will reinvent what it means to solve business problems with data at an entirely different scale and value point.”
Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, echoes this view: “The addition of Looker to Google Cloud will help us offer customers a more complete analytics solution from ingesting data to visualizing results and integrating data and insights into their daily workflows.”
With the combination of a multi-cloud approach, a continued focus on cloud data and databases and the acquisition of Looker for furthering Google’s already deep data analytics tools and capabilities, Google Cloud will continue to race toward gaining and closing the market share and revenue gaps of AWS and Microsoft Azure.
Kurian succinctly outlines the Google Cloud strategy particularly around data by saying: “A fundamental requirement for organizations wanting to transform themselves digitally is the ability to store, manage and analyze large quantities of data from a variety of sources. Google Cloud offers customers a broad and integrated suite of cloud services to ingest data in real time, cleanse it, process it, aggregate it in a highly scalable data warehouse and analyze it.”
As Google pushes its cloud data and infrastructure services forward while embracing multi-cloud strategies, enterprises pushing a digital transformation agenda should ensure that GCP is on their short-list of cloud providers. And, employees and their managers should ensure they have the latest skills and technical expertise and training to capitalize on these advancements by Google.
If you’re looking to explore more about GCP, start with a one-day overview class like “Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure,” or visit ExitCertified’s Google Cloud Platform training catalog.