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Next Day Two: Okay, Google. Start the Announcements

21 November 2019
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As the Google Cloud Next ‘19 comes to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my key takeaways from day two.

Today, Google opened with a Product Innovation keynote, delivered by Alan Coad, managing director of Google Cloud in the UK and Ireland; and his trusty Google Assistant.

Google promised to deliver tech-focused deep-dives into its services, new and old; as well as a sneak-peek into new services on their way to Google Cloud.

And oh boy, did they deliver.

Stealing the show

Brad Calder, VP of Product & Engineering, opened with multiple migration-focused announcements including; new SAP-certified VMs for running enterprise-level SAP workloads in Google Cloud, Cloud SQL for SQL Server’s entering beta, bring your own IP, and many more.

For me, the showstopper was Google Cloud’s Network Intelligence Center. Network Intelligence Center provides customers with a single pane of glass when configuring, managing and maintaining connectivity to and from their VPC networks in Google Cloud.

The centre allows users to run connectivity tests and provides a network topology, allowing customers to visualise connectivity to and from their VPC network.

Leading the way with ML and AI

The Product Innovation keynote wasn’t just about migrating enterprises to Google Cloud.

Sudhir Hasbe, Director of Product Management, and Andrew Moore, VP of Engineering, held the flag high for Google Cloud’s big data and Machine Learning offerings.

Hasbe showcased BigQuery, Google Cloud’s enterprise-scale data warehouse and analytics platform. He outlined how Google’s smart analytics offering provides real-time insights with embedded AI and ML capabilities, powering faster and smarter business decisions for organisations.

With customer stories from the likes of HSBC, Spotify and Vodafone, and over 50 new capabilities launched this year, it’s clear that Google Cloud are leading the way with big data analytics in the cloud.

Like big data, Google Cloud leads the way in cloud-based Machine Learning and artificial intelligence. This is demonstrated through TensorFlow, the open-source Machine Learning platform.

Moore announced Google Cloud’s TensorFlow Enterprise package, which aims to provide customers with enterprise-level support, cloud-scale performance and managed services to accompany their AI workloads in Google Cloud.

Okay, Google. What else do we have today?

David Thacker, VP of G Suite Products Management, announced that Google Assistant for G Suite’s Gmail and Calendar has entered beta. This addition allows customers to interact with Gmail and Calendar via Google Assistant using the well-known catchphrase “Ok, Google”.

In addition to Google Assistant for G Suite, Smart Compose in Docs is currently in beta as well, and it has been announced for release in 2020. We have been using the beta internally at CTS and have found it really useful, so we can’t wait for our customers and partners to get a hold of this!

This ML-powered feature provides an efficient solution to tedious typing and typos, and it’s currently available for everyone on Gmail. Having it available for Docs will make user’s life much easier. Smart Compose for Docs predicts a user’s text, reinforcing Google’s efforts on boosting efficiency with their productivity suite.

 

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