As we think about economic recovery from COVID-19—both inside Google and outside through working with Google Cloud customers—we’ve made many important observations. Among them is the recognition that the ways software developers and IT practitioners work together will shift in the post COVID-19 world. Our economic recovery today will look different than past recoveries, and on a fundamental level, the way we innovate will be different than it’s ever been before.
Right now, we’re entering a new phase of cloud computing, where businesses have shifted from making tactical infrastructure decisions, to making larger IT decisions with an eye towards enabling transformation throughout the company. Data, and what we can do with that data, is key to this transformation. And how companies put data in the hands of every employee to help catalyze transformation and solve the most important and impactful opportunities in their industries is at the core.
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A recent Google-commissioned study by IDG highlighted the role of data analytics and intelligent solutions when it comes to helping businesses separate from their competition. The survey of 2,000 IT leaders across the globe reinforced the notion that the ability to derive insights from data will go a long way towards determining which companies win in this new era.
Data analytics and intelligence were prioritized during COVID-19
The results of the IDG study show a separation amongst those organizations that embrace the capabilities of today’s data analytics and AI/ML tools and those that do not. When COVID-19 hit, many organizations cancelled IT initiatives, with 55% of respondents delaying or cancelling at least one technology project. However, 32% of respondents accelerated or introduced initiatives around building out or improving the use of data analytics and intelligence. IT leaders realize how critical data is to their future success, even when resources are scarce.
Digital-focused companies are faster to embrace advanced intelligence tools
Furthermore, enthusiasm for big data analytics, AI, and ML technologies is highest among companies who are further along in their digital transformation journeys. Fifty-four percent of companies who identify as “Fully digitally transformed” or “Digital native” are using or considering using these tools, vs. the global average of 37%. And, these same organizations are embracing the promise of AI more than their peers. Forty-eight percent felt that “Embedded AI across our full stack of cloud solutions will be critical” vs 39% of digital conservatives. These companies realize these digital tools enable them to be more resilient, agile, and prepared for whatever the future brings.
Companies are turning to cloud to maximize insights from data
As companies tap into the promise of data analytics and AI/ML, they are turning to cloud for help. When considering which cloud providers to work with, 78% of respondents said big data analysis is a “must have” or a “major consideration,” which placed this capability at the top of the list of consideration factors. This is not surprising, as cloud solutions address the most common pain points and barriers to innovation. Three of the respondents’ top four areas impeding innovation are addressed by cloud: Insufficient IT & developer skill sets (1st), security risks and concerns (2nd), and legacy systems and technologies (4th). Plus, cloud makes it easier to quickly launch a project, scale up or scale down, and pay for only what you use.
COVID-19 changed the very nature of business, and of IT. It forced IT leaders to decide where to put their scarce resources and big data analytics and AI/ML were, understandably, at the top of the list. To learn more about the findings, download the IDG report “No turning back: How the pandemic reshaped digital business agendas.”
Interested in how Google Cloud’s leading data cloud technologies help you become smarter and make better decisions?
From customer segmentation to inventory management, Google Cloud’s ML and advanced analytics capabilities make it easy to maximize the insights you derive from your data. Our database solutions are easy to use from development to production, so you can build and deploy apps faster. They also ensure that your mission critical workloads run at the highest levels of availability, scale, and security. Our smart analytics solutions allow companies to democratize access to all of their business data and our unified platform makes it easy for our customers to get the most from their structured or unstructured data, regardless of where the data is stored.
With our dedicated AI solutions portfolio, Google helps businesses commit to business outcomes: saving calls, improving customer experiences, helping prevent fraud, and increasing manufacturing efficiency—all in ways that make us a strategic partner on innovation, not just a technology vendor.
By: Howard Blumenstein (Senior Manager of Platform Product Marketing)
Source: Google Cloud Blog
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