Google Cloud to compete more 'aggressively,' new division chief Thomas Kurian says

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, a former Oracle executive, said the company plans to ramp up its cloud strategy and compete more "aggressively," CNBC reports.

"We are hiring some of the best talent from around the industry to grow our sales organization, and you will see us competing much more aggressively as we go forward," Mr. Kurian said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco. Mr. Kurian stepped down from his post as president of product development at Oracle in September 2018.

As part of its strategy, Mr. Kurian said the company plans to focus on specific industries such as financial services and plans to offer a Cloud For Life program to build brand loyalty.

"I talked to some of largest companies and said, 'Why did you choose Google?' And uniformly, the feedback I got is, 'By far the best technology in the market, the technology is amazing, I've never seen anything like it.' This is what I heard over and over again," Mr. Kurian said, according to CNBC.

Google's two main cloud competitors, Amazon and Microsoft, have also been expanding their cloud offerings. In the healthcare space, Microsoft recently announced an Azure application programming interface that uses Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, a standardized data format designed to enable seamless data sharing.

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