Is Google Cloud Platform worth my time? Is there demand? Questions I am asked and my responses.

Joseph Holbrook
Mar 27, 2019 · 7 min read
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Questions of the Day, Week or Month? Is Google Cloud Platform worth my time?

Is getting Google Cloud Certified worth the investment? Do you see demand for Google Cloud growing? What Google Cloud Certification should I start with?

Whether you want to be a cloud engineer, cloud architect or cloud developer you should be concerned where you invest your time and resources. I see these folks get like every AWS Certification, every Azure and now think GCP would add something to their lovelife or something…

As a widely known and published course author, consultant and technical trainer in both AWS, GCP and Blockchain as a Service I have some insight and thoughts on these questions above I would get around GCP when teaching.

Some of this may not be what marketing wants you to think around demand.

Question and Answers (Q/A)

Well I think this is a loaded question planted by the “deep state” but here is my two part answer.

First, anything you learn could be a benefit to your role and even your future roles. No questions about that if its related to Cloud, Virtualization, 5G, AI, IT Security or Blockchain.

Second, my answer is yes for learning that enhances your horizon in this hyper globalized world and workforce. Having some more buzzwords on your resume is Cool.

— However, the “investment” part I cant fudge this and Ill be honest if your a cloud architect in Azure or AWS you should be working even if its at a deflationary low salary (Which all cloud roles generally do pay now but this is relative as well).

Getting every Google Cloud certification like you may have already with AWS will likely add ZERO to your net worth. Really, unless you sell content you cloud architect role will pay the same more than likely. I had folks try to get to consider cloud roles for $70 an hour. Heck, I made that 10 years ago. The reality is that there is no wage growth and has not been. Matter of fact I am hedging that wages will really start dropping since supply and demand for cloud professionals is about equal. (Yes, I wont pipe the fantasy that there is a real demand for AWS, Azure or GCP pros now. I have been in IT for 30 years and this my friends is not exactly a great IT market)

Google Cloud is number 3 and WILL be number 3 for the forseeable future.

Demand has not really picked up with trends in the last few years.

However, if your a “niche” kind of person then this could be to your benefit. You may be the first person in Kansas to know Google Cloud.

Dont take my word for it. Check out Google Trends.

Below shows the Google Trend results for Google Cloud vs AWS as historically search for 12 months (1 Year). Google is Blue and AWS is red. https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=google%20cloud,aws

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Now you can see that the “Blue” line is flat. The index for AWS is over 4x as well on November 24 (Lets be fair, the AWS reinvent search for AWS thru the roof so I would exclude the week of AWS Reinvent)

Below is the five year growth. Its pretty obvious what people are interested. I wont even say it. Red is AWS and GCP is Blue… Its like a dead man. https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=today%205-y&geo=US&q=google%20cloud,aws

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So you figure out if its worth your investment.

Now lets throw Azure into the Mix.. Again Azure and AWS have substantial growth. GCP does not appear to be growing in demand for search.

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I do see the demand for people wanting to learn it, however, I am not see a demand for GCP Cloud Gurus that specialize in GCP.

Really, Ill be honest though, I make it pretty clear that I am not interested in working Full Time since I wont work for the trivial salaries cloud roles pay. They have visa workers for a reason and its not to accomadate real demand for highly paid locals. So if there is a demand for Full time roles in GCP I would not be the best gauge.

However, I would be a good gauge for GCP training demand and yes I see a lot of folks ramping up but actual implementations which turn into full time roles I dont have a crystal ball.

Lastly, demand seems to very regional for cloud architects in some areas. For example, here in Jacksonville, its all Azure with a sprinkle of AWS. I know of no GCP implementations in Northern Florida. Orlando does have Deloitte that seems to drive GCP demand but thats in Central Florida.

In Atlanta its seems demand is between AWS and Azure.

This question again is usually one that never has a right answer for everyone. Why, the Google Cloud Certifications are harder than the competitors. When you compare AWS, Azure and GCP the other cloud providers have a “starter” certification.

For example AWS has the AWS Cloud Practioner and the search demand for that certification has skyrocketed. It would be easier if Google Cloud came out an AWS Cloud Practioner “Competitor”.

So my answer is it depends on what your experience is and your role. Cloud Engineer and Data Engineer are Command line heavy whereas the Cloud Architect is more case study and sales design focused.

GCP to AWS Certs — (AWS Cloud Practitioner is not listed since GCP has no comparable)

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FINAL THOUGHTS

So to sum things. I believe you should always learn and that anything that increases your knowledge is a good thing for your understanding.

However, I never want to steer people wrong when it comes to their careers. With technology changing so fast and the demand for specific roles and skills in IT what was hot today may not be tomorrow.

What was invested in today may not actually pay off for you tomorrow as well.

Who knows if getting any cloud certification will be worth you efforts. I am old enough to remember how Netware was hotter than Pamela Anderson or for you with other preferences “David Hasselhoff “back in the late 90s.

I can say that if your experienced that the certification you obtain is nothing but paper with no value (Unless you work for a partner perhaps that mandates it). When you were making $190,000 6 years ago they just want to get rid of you, even if you sold $12 Million or more in services.

Good luck and let me know your feedback

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Good Luck and I wish much success.

Joe Holbrook. The Cloud Tech Guy

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