Migrating to the public cloud and using its power to fuel growth is an urgent topic among companies. They are right – many success stories prove that leveraging the Cloud contributes to achieving innovation and growth objectives. But it can also be daunting to manage. That’s where a Google Cloud partner comes in. But what is the added benefit of working with a partner, and should your company do it?
Here are 3 reasons why bringing in a Google Cloud partner might be your best idea yet.
Additional benefits for the same Google Cloud price
By partnering with a Google Cloud Partner, you pay the same price for any Google Cloud solution as you would by buying directly from Google, with the exception that you get additional benefits.
Your relationship with Google Cloud
Important to note is that working with a Google Cloud partner doesn’t replace your relationship with Google.
Depending on the size of your business, you get a dedicated Google Account Manager assigned to your company that allows you to work hand in hand with the Google Cloud Partner. You will still be in touch with Google directly.
Partner benefits & services
The benefits you get on top can be tailored to your needs, and the nature of them largely depends on which Google Cloud partner you work with. Some of the extra services that the partner offers are complementary, others are offered for a fee.
Perks of working with a partner can include, but are not limited to :
- A security and architecture audit
- Training & workshops for your IT team or end users
- Change management services
- An onboarding path for your new joiners
- Proof of concepts
- Quarterly business reviews and roadmap sessions
- Deployment & migration services
- Flexible contracting options
- A service package that includes several services for a custom price
- 24/7 support
Customer Success Services
In the case of Managed Services Google Cloud partner Devoteam G Cloud, experts will work with you to identify the best solution package and contract that will help you leverage Google Cloud’s technology, while enhancing your company’s operations to make you ready for future challenges.
Depending on your size and needs, you will become a “Gold”, “Platinum” or “Diamond” customer, which means that you will get a tailored mix of support, professional services, and other benefits in your package.
Decreasing your Google Cloud costs
Working with a Google Cloud partner can be beneficial for your organisation in terms of decreasing your costs as well. How? By monitoring your Google Cloud spend.
If you work with Devoteam G Cloud for instance, you can get access to the MSP Command Center, which is an inhouse developed tool to monitor your Cloud usage & spend and do detailed FinOps exercises.
Additionally, our experts can be with you to set up more advanced monitoring of specific Google Cloud services – which allows you to set up alarms when a certain project exceeds the Cloud usage that was foreseen. This enables you to optimise your costs drastically.
This can avoid unexpected peaks in your Cloud costs, as well as keep you safe from accidental ones that might result from mistakes in Cloud project setups.
Apart from decreasing and optimising your Cloud costs, what else can a partner bring to the table? Read on to find out.
Accelerate with best practices & battle-tested frameworks
Getting started quickly without making mistakes
If you start from scratch, the road ahead might seem long and difficult. That is if you don’t bring in a partner.
With Devoteam G Cloud, you can set up your Google Cloud Platform environment from scratch very quickly through a set of best practice templates that you can customise for your organisation. This helps you avoid making costly mistakes.
What if you don’t start from scratch and have an existing setup already? In this case, we can work together with your engineers to bring your setup to the next level and make sure that you get the most out of Google Cloud.
Use accelerator frameworks like Flycs
As part of our goal to accelerate your cloud journey, Devoteam G Cloud has developed multiple accelerators that focus on specific technical challenges you might come across.
One of these accelerators is called Flycs, a data warehousing framework that was developed with a focus on Google Cloud. It helps enterprises reduce the amount of time needed to set up a data warehouse in GCP.
This is done by setting up a full development stack for your data engineers that includes all the best practices that Devoteam G Cloud has learned and accumulated over the years, whether it’s in security, stability, efficiency or costs.
You can also customise Flycs to the specific needs of your company.
Let’s look at the example of Randstad Group to illustrate that.
Randstad’s story with Flycs
One of Devoteam G Cloud’s customers, Randstad Group, used Flycs to standardise their data engineering stack on Google Cloud Platform across the globe. Multiple teams deploy their data pipelines using the exact same tools and processes, making it easy to transfer knowledge in their organisation.
By alleviating a lot of the infrastructure burden, Devoteam G Cloud was also able to reduce the time needed to implement a data warehouse on GCP. Normally, this would’ve taken at least a year before yielding results. With Flycs however, this was reduced to only a couple of months.
Let your IT team focus on core activities
Devoteam G Cloud is a Managed Services Partner of Google Cloud. What does that mean?
It means that you can allow your IT department to focus on their core activities while your Google Cloud Partner takes care of the everyday hassle of managing your Cloud platform: think about the setup, maintenance, fixes, etc.
The two main offers are detailed below.
Google Premium Support
This support is designed to solve your questions swiftly by putting a team of engineers from Devoteam and Google Cloud at your disposal.
Here’s a comprehensive list of what you can expect :
If you bump into any malfunction or other issue of Google Cloud Platform, you can ask your questions via email or ServiceNow.
Below is the whole workflow of how your issue will get resolved:
Google Cloud Platform Managed Services
Another way in which you get support from Devoteam G Cloud is through the Managed Services Partner (MSP) Command Center.
Our engineers, certified in a variety of SaaS applications, can help you by reinforcing your IT team, auditing your support processes, and training your end-users.
Certified infrastructure architects and solution engineers can help you manage and secure your cloud environments for the long-run, whether it’s :
- High Availability
- Disaster Recovery
You can count on Devoteam G Cloud to keep your systems up to date and secure while delivering round-the-clock end-user support.
Identity, Access & Risk Management
Governing user access means granting access to the right people for the right assets and data at the right time.
Making sure your services and systems are securely accessed using API access management & server access management are risks you don’t want to have. You can get the help needed from Devoteam G Cloud on the best ways to secure all these different planes within your organisation.
From efficient provisioning to de-provisioning and all the measures in between, you can secure the end-user access experience with multi-factor authentication and SSO features for consistent management of your user lifecycles.
Last but not least, as previously mentioned, the MSP Command Center also allows you to monitor your Cloud usage costs.
In other words, you can be confident that you’ll get the most out of Google Cloud’s products and services when bringing in a partner.
Technical support, certified engineers and a host of additional services can be provided; your company won’t have to worry about allocating resources to train staff on the ins and outs of the cloud. It’s all taken care of.
If you count the benefits of working with a Google Cloud partner in terms of additional services and decreased Cloud costs; on top of the best practices and battle-tested accelerator frameworks, premium support and managed services offering – you shouldn’t be doubting anymore. Working with a Google Cloud partner will set you up for more success in a shorter time span, whether you’re a small, medium-sized or large organisation.
Devoteam G Cloud has been a proud Google Cloud Premier Partner for over 10 years now, with more than 2300 happy customers all over EMEA that include Randstad, Auchan and Carrefour. We have also been awarded the 2020 EMEA Google Cloud Partner Reseller Of The Year, for the second time in a row.
If you believe that working with a Google Cloud partner is the next step in your cloud journey, give us a call and let’s find out more about how we can help.