|By Harry Trott||
|December 2, 2016 11:00 AM EST||
The developments in Google's Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud Machine Learning service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its fastest growing product areas.
Google has been ramping up their Cloud Platform quite aggressively in recent months. Just a few weeks ago, the Google Cloud Platform opened its newest zone in Tokyo, increasing the total number of regions they are present in to six - three in the US and one each in Belgium and Taiwan and Tokyo.
Not long ago, the company announced its acquisition of Orbitera, a cloud commerce company. for more than a hundred million dollars. The developments in Google’s Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud Machine Learning service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its fastest growing product areas.
This presents a unique problem to customers. On the one hand, businesses may be tempted to migrate to the Google Cloud Platform for the competitive advantages it provides over their legacy systems. But at the same time, all the aggressive ramping up of features has left customers groping in the dark for experienced trainers who can bring their users up to speed on the new platform.
Sponsor Employee Certifications
Businesses typically seek freelance trainers to train employees for various technologies. Thanks to the high demand for the Google Cloud Platform, it can either be too expensive or too difficult to book a spot with experienced trainers. One way to get around this problem is to sponsor employees to get their Google Cloud Platform certifications. This is a good way to get employees to make use of Google cloud training programs and to build their Google Cloud Platform expertise. This not only helps businesses tackle the shortage of certified trainers, it also helps businesses build their own pool of certified trainers – who could then train other employees.
Check Your Software Architecture Design
Besides employee training, migrating to the Google Cloud Platform may also come with its own set of prerequisites. When Spotify recently migrated from AWS to the Google Cloud Platform, they had to make a number of software architecture design changes. This included replacing Apache Kafka with Cloud Pub/Sub, moving away from batch processing and implementing streaming instead, with the help of Dataflow, and replacing Big Data tools like HDFS and Hive with Cloud Storage and BigQuery respectively. Depending on your own business requirements, you may need to identify the backend technology systems that will complement Google Cloud and make these necessary design changes.
Know the Limitations of Google Cloud
For all the progress that Google has made in the Cloud Platform, there is no denying the fact that enterprise businesses still look at the company as a new entrant that cannot effectively speak the enterprise language. Amazon was perhaps in the same situation a few years ago, but rapidly made a very successful transition. So, while Google takes its time to speak the language that CIOs want to hear, you will find that the Google Cloud Platform perhaps does not fulfil your needs in the way AWS or Microsoft Azure can. Prepare for contingencies for such situations so that your business is not handicapped because of the transition.
Are you a business that has recently migrated to the Google Cloud Platform? Please share your experiences in the comments below.
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