Google Cloud Scoops Up Ex-SAP Exec for Customer Role
… a “sensible move strategically and economically since enterprises represent a business opportunity with enormous potential for Google. It also highlights the fact that there’s more to being and becoming regarded as an enterprise-class organization than meets the eye. A few cloud players (IBM, Oracle and SAP) have achieved that by design, while others (including Microsoft) have succeeded in leveraging enterprise products/packages into broader cloud engagements.”
Bringing Enslin on board also was a good move, the analyst said.
“You need someone that knows both the technology and the specific needs of enterprises,” King said. “It’s also a huge plus to find someone who personally knows the customers you hope to engage. Both Enslin and Kurian hit that particular trifecta.”
Having executives from both Oracle and SAP in its ranks indicates that Google Cloud will not be focused on any single tech vendor’s platform or solutions portfolio, he said, adding that “Google should be prepared to go where customers need them most.”
Enslin’s departure from SAP was the latest of a series of such moves by the enterprise software giant, part of a restructuring designed to accelerate SAP’s transformation into a more digital platform vendor. Among the departures was Bjoern Goerke, who spent the last two years as CTO and president of SAP’s cloud platform unit.