Is Google's Big Enterprise Bet Paying Off?

Mitch Wagner

Google is great at pulling in money -- piles and piles of money -- but it's lousy at diversifying business. The company is looking to enterprise cloud to change that.

Google made $90.2 billion in fiscal 2016. But in the final quarter of that year, 86 cents of every dollar came from advertising. Self-driving cars, robots, even Android phones -- they're small change compared with Google's mighty ad business.

With enterprise cloud, Google is looking to change that. In late 2015, the company installed former VMware CEO and founder Diane Greene as head of its cloud business. At about the same time, Google's Urs Hölzle, senior vice president for technical infrastructure, set a goal for Google's cloud business to exceed ad revenue by 2020.

That was nearly a year and a half ago. Now is a good time to check in for a progress report. And Enterprise Cloud News did just that. We talked with Google, partners and company watchers, looked at the company's financials, and its history. Find out what we learned in our special report:

Google's Big Enterprise Cloud Bet

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And when you register, you can optionally receive the Enterprise Cloud Newsletter, which is a great way to find out about upcoming special features, webinars, and what else we're up to at Enterprise Cloud News.

Photo: By M4tx (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: By M4tx (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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3/23/2017 | 9:12:54 PM
I love it when the special report compares Google and Amazon by showing how Amazon has actual trucks that Amazon sends out to pick up huge amounts of data. What an innovative idea to move data too big to easily travel via copper or fiber in a short amount of time. Google is too big and smart not to come up with a similar or even better solution.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
3/23/2017 | 11:17:55 PM
Re: Trucks
Maybe rocket sleds?
3/28/2017 | 9:34:42 AM
Re: Trucks
With 86% or so of Google income still coming from adverstising one might wonder if they will actually be able to break any past trends in revenue sources. Going against Amazon might be a mighty challenge indeed to capture some cloud business even if they come up with rocket sleds instead of trucks?
3/28/2017 | 6:22:58 PM
Re: Trucks
Google's platform is certainly up there with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft and IBM. Maybe rocket sleds are what it'll take to set one apart from its competition. ;)
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