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Google’s Carolee Gearhart On Workforce Transformation, 'Leaning In' On Open Source, And What Partners Can Expect In 2019

Google Cloud channel chief Carolee Gearhart talks with CRN about the company's focus on open source, its artificial intellligence and machine-learning chops, and why she thinks now is the time for innovation-focused channel partners to join Google.

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In your opinion, what is it about Google Cloud that helps differentiate it from its competition?

I think from a technology perspective, the big things are AI and machine learning, and there's also Google's reputation around innovation overall. If you take a look at things we have done from a Kubernetes perspective, Google has really leaned in on open source and driving innovation more broadly that's aligned with Google's mission statement about making information accessible and useful to everyone around the world. Open source really fits in well with that. We clearly are the best provider of a managed Kubernetes environment for companies looking to containerize their blended environments, and companies can manage their environment in the cloud with Google technology the same way they are doing on-prem.

We have a cloud platform, and we have a lot around AI, machine learning, and things we are doing from an open-source perspective, but additionally with Google, it's about engagement and collaboration. Folks are wanting to transform their workforces, and G-Suite is a great example of part of the way they are transforming their workforces and getting more people collaborating in a different way. It's not just about moving apps to the cloud, it's really a different way to work and that’s been really interesting to me to see the way the partners are recognizing that broader value proposition.

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