Atos lauded for its global contribution to Google Cloud's growth

02 May 2019 3 min. read
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A year into its partnership with Google, Atos has been recognised by the tech giant for its contribution to the global growth of Google Cloud. “Atos has proven their expertise in Google Cloud and has demonstrated their commitment to customer success over the past year.” 

During its Google Cloud Next '19 summit held in San Francisco last month, Google unveiled the winners of its annual Partner of the Year Awards. Six partners were lauded for their global achievements, with IT services giant Atos taking home the ‘Breakthrough Partner of the Year’ prize. “We’re proud of the achievements we’ve made and enabling many businesses worldwide to realise the true value that the cloud can bring,” said Eric Grall, a Senior Executive Vice President at Atos. 

Alongside Atos, other Breakthrough Partner of the Year awards were scooped by Claranet (EMEA), Epam (North America), Bespin (Asia Pacific) and Nubosoft (Latin America). Last year, the award at the global level went to Slalom, a US management and technology consultancy.

“This award is an exciting recognition of our growing partnership with Google Cloud,” added Grall. Atos’ win is notable due to the fact that the company kicked-off its strategic alliance with Google just twelve months ago. At the time, Atos’ chief executive, the Frenchman Thierry Breton, described the partnership as a game changer for the firm’s digital transformation capabilities.

The added suite of tools and solutions enables the Paris headquartered IT consultancy to both broaden and deepen its suite of digital transformation services and products, in particular in the areas of cloud, data analytics, artificial intelligence & machine learning, and the digital workplace.Atos wins Google Cloud AwardFor Google, the partnership allows the tech firm to tap into Atos’ global sales network, accelerating the growth of Google Cloud amid a booming cloud and IT services market. According to analyst firm Gartner, the IT services market is now worth around $3.8 trillion, with cloud the second largest growing segment, forecast to see 9% growth this year and 8% in 2020. Meanwhile, Google’s cloud-based add-on services such as analytics and artificial intelligence are growing at an even faster rate.

Serving both private as well as public sector clients, Atos has over the past twelve months signed many new major clients to the Google Cloud including global companies in the industrial, pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors, as well as government institutions. In addition, Atos has helped existing Google Cloud customers (joint clients) to improve the way they use the cloud to “power transformation and innovation and respond faster to customer needs,” said Carolee Gearhart, a Vice President in Google’s cloud division. 

She continued; “We’re excited to keep building on our partnership with Atos as more and more customers look to our ecosystem to help them succeed in the cloud.” 

Innovation labs and R&D centres

To support the growing alliance, Atos and Google have recently launched two Google Cloud innovation labs and R&D centres in Europe, based in France (Paris) and the UK (London). “Our laboratories are a concrete example of the close collaboration between the Atos and Google Cloud teams, as well as our commitment to help European businesses define new business models based on artificial intelligence,” explained Eric Haddad, who leads the Google Cloud arm in France. 

On top of this, Atos has grown the number of its certified Google Cloud experts to over 300 internationally, with many more planned to complete the development programme in the coming months. Employees that are certified can demonstrate proven skills in designing, building, managing and deploying application infrastructure and data solutions on Google Cloud technology.