Google Cloud Summit Chicago Recap: Turning IT Value Into Business Value

Last week, Maven Wave attended and was a top sponsor of the Google Cloud Summit in Chicago. The day of industry insights kicked off with the keynote session, during which Google Cloud Director Peter Dockery emphasized one key theme: it’s time to assimilate IT value to business value, or to “play for the cause, not just for the score.”

The rest of the keynote and other sessions unfolded following this concept, showing how Google’s vision helps IT departments deliver value for the overall organization. Because, as Dockery noted, data provides a competitive advantage to proactively flank non-traditional competitors. 

Dockery laid out Google Cloud’s vision in three parts, which were emphasized throughout all of the programming for the day:

1) Industry Solutions for Digital Transformation

Google highlighted three of its industry solutions in their own track at Chicago Cloud Summit: retail, healthcare, and financial services.

During the keynote, Krish Srinivasan, VP, Cloud and Compute at Target, took the stage to discuss innovation in retail. Srinivasan started out by saying, “Our guests expect us to be different, they want us to innovate.”

He explained that technology plays a key role in building the next generation of platforms to create new experiences for Target’s customers. They do this by following three fundamental principles:

  • Develop technologies that are experience-focused 
  • Use a simple and adaptable architecture
  • Embrace open source and cloud

Similarly, in a session focused on Google’s Healthcare API, Andy Crowne, Sr. Product Manager at Google Cloud, detailed how Emory University is using machine learning. Their DeepAISE Platform can predict the onset of sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection, 4-12 hours prior to clinical recognition. This enables them to turn insights into action. “With the technology we’re building, folks can have this kind of capability and this kind of effect,” Crowne said.

2) Digital Transformation Platform

During the keynote, Google highlighted the digital transformation journey Whirlpool underwent to move 33,000 employees to G Suite, Google’s integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps. Andrew Lewis, Senior Manager, Winning Workplace at Whirlpool, explained that they migrated with no major issues by driving home the idea of a culture change to their users. As a result, now their teams use Hangouts for meetings and can see different regions on the screen, and they have established a culture of sharing work through Docs and Drive to collaborate with colleagues internally.

Another benefit of migrating to G Suite for Whirlpool was security. Lewis noted that at Whirlpool, field workers often need a laptop, tablet, and phone to do their jobs. Moving into the cloud means no data is lost if a device is lost or stolen. This spoke to a point raised by Robert Enslin, President of Google Cloud, when he said, “Digital transformation won’t take place unless people feel comfortable about privacy and security.” Fittingly, the comprehensive security features of Google Cloud Platform were highlighted repeatedly in nearly every session throughout the day. 

In addition to the sharing functions in G Suite encouraging collaboration between all of the employees at an organization, Aparna Pappu, Vice President of Engineering, Google Cloud, said, “We’re looking for new and effective ways for security admins to collaborate with each other.”

3) Global Scale Distributed Infrastructure

During the keynote, Enslin also introduced a demo of Anthos, Google’s multi- and hybrid-cloud platform that lets customers build, run and manage applications across cloud and on-premise environments. He explained that Anthos bridges the gaps to help businesses innovate in a hybrid environment.

The demo showed how Anthos makes modernization today, “easier than you ever thought possible.” Using the example of a retailer preparing for the busy season around Black Friday, the demonstration showed how Anthos enables businesses to scale up for an expected surge in traffic. It “allows you to move fast and stay agile while improving the security posture of your applications.” Anthos also enables companies to run anywhere while managing services consistently among Google Cloud, on-prem and other cloud services.

In a later industry-focused session, Gabe Jaynes, DevOps Architect at KeyBank, drove home how Anthos enables innovation in a hybrid-cloud environment. Specifically, he explained how Anthos allows Keybank to focus in on applications and data without needing to manage the other aspects of an on-prem solution. This is beneficial because, as Jaynes noted, the faster Keybank releases new features to their customers, the faster they can increase customer satisfaction.

Is your company looking to start on the journey to digital transformation by moving to G Suite or take it a step further and implement advanced analytics on Google Cloud Platform? No matter what stage of the digital transformation journey you’re on, Maven Wave can help. 

As the two-time Google Cloud Services Partner of the Year, we work with leading companies to make the shift to digital with solutions that are agile, rooted in analytics, and built in the cloud. Contact us today to set up a time to speak with our experts.

About the Author

Kylie McKee
Kylie McKee is a Content Marketing Strategist at Maven Wave with more than eight years of tech industry experience and five years of content marketing experience. Prior to joining the Maven Wave team, Kylie worked as a Content Marketing Specialist for WebPT, Inc. and earned an Associate in Applied Science in Motion Picture, Television, and New Media Production with a CCL in Screenwriting from Scottsdale Community College.
July 24th, 2019

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