Taking place in San Francisco across three days last week, Google Cloud Next proved to be, yet again, an unmissable event for the cloud technology, allowing the Netpremacy team to gain valuable insights into what 2019/20 looks like for the industry.
Amongst other exclusive updates, the biggest announcement for the Netpremacy team was the unveiling of Anthos, a platform that allows customers to write applications and run them anywhere; on-premise, in Google Cloud and even with other major public cloud providers. As well as this, Google Cloud also used this years event to announce a new serverless platform called Cloud Run, which will help customers run stateless HTTP-driven containers without worrying about the infrastructure, along with many other unique and exciting partnerships.
In addition, we saw some interesting advancements in G Suite which will be introduced in the year ahead, including integration between Google Assistant and the calendar app, G Suite and Microsoft Office communication improvements and the increased availability of the Google Voice telephony system.
So what were the Netpremacy team’s highlights?
Ben Trood, Head of Business Development (Google Cloud):
“This was my first trip to San Fran to attend Google NEXT and the sheer scale of the Partner ecosystem and customers attending was colossal. It was great to listen to Thomas Kurian’s key note and his approach to Google Cloud, being the new CEO; I am particularly intrigued to see how his sales orientated approach will take Google Cloud forward given the huge market potential.
You rarely get a chance to engage with Global Partners to understand their business, approach and potential for partnerships between one another, so we appreciated the opportunity to do this. Also; the hospitality Google put on is unrivalled and it made the whole experience really enjoyable.
The developments around Multi Cloud with GCP were especially interesting to listen too. When this is paired with real-life customer examples of how they are utilising GCP, it really showcases how GCP is enabled digital transformation. Overall, Anthos has to be the stand out announcement of the event for me.”
Guy Ellis, Professional Services Director:
“I have been attending Google events in SF since 2012, the first partner event I attended had approximately 200 attendees. There were perhaps 30,000 attendees at this years event including many thousand partners. The day two “innovation” key-note was fantastic: digestible, quick-paced announcements with enough detail to excite my inner-geek…I did find myself in the afternoon signing up for alphas and betas!
I really enjoyed the Day 2 evening Party; Gwen Stefani performed, someone who I’d probably not think of going to see, but thoroughly enjoyed! We also had a brief opportunity to meet Tariq Shaukat, President Of Partner and Industry Platforms. Gleaning insights from these high level industry peers is invaluable. I’m extremely excited about AutoML tables – I can think of so many use-cases for Netpremacy alone, combined with Big Query DTS SaaS connectors, analysing business data becomes a ‘no-brainer’. We are all looking forward to attending Google Next London this November.”
Adam Lewis, Head of Delivery:
“The Keynotes were great to get a quick summary of the new launches, but I also found the Oracle-SQL session to be really helpful. It’s so big with so many sessions you have to really plan ahead. You’re able to make each day specific to what you’d like to learn. “
Kevin Jordan, Customer Success Manager:
“This is the second time I’ve been able to attend NEXT. As with the first time, I found it incredible how big the event is and how much content Google is able to fit into the few days, it’s difficult actually deciding which sessions to attend!
The innovation keynote was very interesting, it was the main session that got me excited for the upcoming changes coming to the platform. I did really enjoy some of the breakout sessions, specifically the ones focused around; Hangouts Chat and the Security & Alert Centre.
I really enjoy getting the opportunity to engage with the Product Managers. Working in Customer Success Services it’s always good to be ahead of the curve to prepare customer for the upcoming new features.
Some of the solutions were demoed from the innovative technologies that were released. Specifically, the way that Connected Sheets utilised the power of Big Query – I think this will be huge for transitioning areas of the business who were limited by the capabilities of Google Sheets natively.
I enjoy engaging with new people to understand the business issues they are currently experiencing and how Netpremacy can assist to overcome them.”
The whole Netpremacy team were thrilled to be the first to hear the latest announcements from Google Cloud and are excited to begin planning how they can deploy these ground-breaking developments for their clients back on home turf. To find out how Netpremacy can transform your business using cutting-edge Cloud technologies, get in contact with our team.