I noticed these three themes in the (free) Google Cloud Next program starting October 12th

Are you tired on online events yet? No? You might be the only one. There are a few events popping up in person, but looks like we’re all stuck with “amazing digital experiences” for the next while. But at least the organizers are learning about what works and improving the events! Last year’s Google Cloud Next lasted for nine weeks, which was about eight weeks too long. Sorry about that. This year, our flagship cloud conference is a brisk three days, from October 12-14. And it’s free, which is cool.

Cloud Next matters because a lot of what Google Cloud shares becomes widely adopted by others later on. Might as well get it here first!

I flipped through the agenda to find the talks that interested me the most. Obviously my keynote/demo thing will be the most glorious session, but let’s put that aside. As I browsed the catalog, I identified a handful of themes. Here are fifteen talks I’m excited about, spread across my three made-up themes: familiar but better, migration ready, and optimized for scale.

Familiar but better

This is the story of Google Cloud. Things that resemble cloud services or products you’ve used before, but more full-featured, easier to use, and more reliable. Talks that stood out:

Migration ready

It’s fun to build and modernize, but many folks are looking for a clean path to migrate to the cloud faster, while working with what they already have. There are a few talks about this:

Optimized for scale

Many are past the first cloud wave of using stuff in small pockets. Now it’s about running things effectively at scale from a cost, security, manageability perspective. Talks I like:

There’s lots of other terrific talks covering security, analytics, infrastructure, and more, so do check out the whole catalog. I hope to see you at Cloud Next, and drop into my presentation to heckle me or provide moral support.

Author: Richard Seroter

Richard Seroter is Director of Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud, with a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He’s also an instructor at Pluralsight, a frequent public speaker, the author of multiple books on software design and development, plus former InfoQ.com editor and former 12-time Microsoft MVP for cloud. As Director of Outbound Product Management at Google Cloud, Richard leads a team focused on products that help teams build and run modern software. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.

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