The technology industry is in generation 3 of the cloud computing journey – the data cloud era – according to Debanjan Saha, and he sees Google Cloud, with its data analytics prowess, as having the best chance to lead it.
Gen 1 of the cloud journey was about bespoke SaaS applications for business uses such as CRM and ERP, said Saha, vice president and general manager of data analytics at Google Cloud, while gen 2 centered on cloud infrastructure, where rival Amazon Web Services (AWS) had a head start.
“Gen 3 is going to be around data cloud,” Saha said. “It is about using data to transform business. And this is going to be bigger than anything else, because this is not just reducing your costs by moving from on-prem to cloud. This will be about creating additional value by transforming business. Because of Google‘s investment in data — and experience in data and analytics over a very long period — we really have an opportunity to lead this and help our customers really take advantage of cloud in a very different way than what they have been able to do in gen 1 and gen 2 of the cloud journey. And that’s what I’m really excited about.”
Saha, who previously served as a vice president and general manager running managed database services and cloud-native databases at AWS, outlined the top reasons why he believes Google Cloud’s data analytics capabilities top the competition.
Google has been in the data business for over 20 years – “long before cloud became a thing,” Saha said – and many of the assets that it’s built for its internal products and applications are available to its enterprise customers.
“We have been in the business of organizing the world‘s information for a very long time,” Saha said. “Data is in our DNA, and that’s what drives Google. There are, I believe, 10 Google applications which have more than a billion users — and this includes Google Search, YouTube, Gmail — and all of these applications generate a lot of data. And we have built our data and analytics and AI/ML platform to use that data to better-serve our customers.”