Google unveils public sector division as digital accelerates
Google has launched a new division to help US federal, local and state government agencies and educational institutions advance their digital transformation efforts.
Google Public Sector will operate as a subsidiary of Google LLC and will be run by a separate CEO, with Will Grannis, the former head of the office of the CTO at Google, taking the reins until a permanent CEO is appointed.
The new division will also have a separate board of directors which is said to be “consistent with government divisions of other technology companies”, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian wrote in a blog.
Demand for digital transformation in public sector
This comes as the technology giant increases its business with the public sector in the U.S., as customer needs for advancement in digital transformation grows.
“Google has a long history of supporting and working with the governments in many different parts of the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Japan,” says Kurian, adding that due to customer needs, they are now expanding this commitment in the US.
“Over the last several years, we’ve continued to help customers across all levels of the US government on their cloud initiatives and digital transformations… [and] have undertaken a number of projects with the armed services.”
Google has worked with the US Air Force to accelerate collaboration and research, assist with aircraft maintenance, and transform pilot training; and has partnered with the US Navy to leverage Google AI and ML tools to reduce corrosion on ships.
On the civilian side, Google has partnered with the US Department of Veteran Affairs to improve veteran access to benefits and services and signed a five-year agreement with the US Department of Energy to provide a broad range of Google Cloud technologies to help DoE scale its research efforts across national labs and field sites.
Technologies to include AI, Machine Learning, data and analytics
As with these partnerships, Google Public Sector will operate in a similar manner to Google Cloud and be partner-first, bringing customers an expanded ecosystem of partners with extensive expertise in serving public sector institutions.
The division will “specialise in bringing Google Cloud technologies” to public sector organisations, says Kurian, providing unique products and expertise, including Google Cloud’s data and analytics platform, artificial intelligence, and machine learning tools so institutions can better understand their data and automate core processes.
“The division will [also] offer Google Cloud’s highly scalable and reliable open infrastructure, including computer, storage, and networking, so government agencies can modernise their legacy information systems and build new applications that serve citizens with mission-critical reliability and scalability,” adds Kurian.
Google Public Sector experts will further help US public sector customers use Google Cloud’s advanced cybersecurity products to protect their users, applications, and data from growing cyber threats.
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