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3 ways Dataflow is delivering 50%+ productivity boost and cost savings to customers

February 8, 2022
Gerrit Kazmaier

VP & GM of Data Analytics, Google Cloud

In our conversations with technology leaders about data-driven transformation using Google Data Cloud -  industry’s leading unified data and AI solution - , one important topic is incorporating continuous intelligence to move from answering questions such as “What has happened? to questions like “What is happening?” and “What might happen?”. The core to this evolution is the need for an underlying data processing that not only provides powerful real-time capabilities for events happening close to origination, but also brings together existing data sources under one unified data platform to enable organizations to draw insights and take actions holistically. Dataflow, Google’s cloud-native data processing and streaming analytics platform, is a key component of any modern data and AI architecture and data transformation journey, along with BigQuery, Google’s internet-scale warehouse with built-in streaming, BI engine and ML; Pub/Sub, a global no-ops event delivery service; and Looker, a modern BI and embedded analytics platform. One of the key evaluation factors is potential economic value of Dataflow to their organization, particularly in the context of engaging other stakeholders is key for many of the leaders that we engage with. So we commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a comprehensive study on the impact that Dataflow had on their organization by interviewing actual customers . 

Today we’re excited to share our commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, the Total Economic Impact™ of Google Cloud Dataflow, which allows data leaders to understand and quantify the benefits of Dataflow, and use cases it enables. Forrester conducted interviews with Dataflow customers to evaluate the benefits, costs, and risks of investing in Dataflow across an organization. Based on their interviews, Forrester identified major financial benefits across four different areas: business growth, infrastructure cost savings, data engineer productivity, and administration efficiency. In fact, Forrester found that customers adopting Dataflow can achieve a 55% boost in developer productivity and a 50% reduction in infrastructure costs. In fact, Forrester projects that customers adopting Dataflow can achieve a range of up to 171% Return on Investment (ROI) and a less than six months payback period. Customers can now use figures in the report to compute their own Return on Investment (ROI) and payback period.


“Dataflow is integral to accelerating time-to-market, decreasing time-to-production, reducing time to figure out how to use data for use cases, focusing time on value-add tasks, streamlining ingestion, and reducing total cost of ownership.” - Lead technical architect, CPG

Let’s take a deeper look at the ways that Forrester found that Dataflow can help you achieve your goals and unlock your business potential. 

Benefit #1: Increase data engineer productivity by 55%

Developers can choose among a variety of programming languages to define and execute data workflows. Dataflow also seamlessly integrates with other Google Cloud Platform and open source technologies to maximize value and applicability to a wide variety of use cases. Dataflow streamlined workflows with code reusability,dynamic templates, and the simplicity of a managed service. Engineers trusted pipelines to run correctly and adhere to governance. Data engineers avoided laborious issue-monitoring and remediation tasks that were common in the legacy environments such as poor performance, lack of availability, and failed jobs. Teams valued the language flexibility and open source base.

“Dataflow provided us with ETL replacement that opened limitless potential use cases and enabled us to do smarter data enhancement while data remains in motion.” — Director of data projects, financial services

Benefit #2: Reduce infrastructure costs by up-to 50% for batch and streaming workloads 

Dataflow’s serverless autoscaling and discrete control of job needs, scheduling, and regions eliminated overhead and optimized technology spending. Consolidating global data processing solutions to Dataflow further eliminated excess costs while ensuring performance, resilience, and governance across environments. Dataflow’s unified streaming and batch data platform gives organizations the flexibility to define either workload in the same programming model, run it on the same infrastructure, and manage it from a single operational management tool. 

“Our costs with our cloud data platform using Dataflow are just a fraction of the costs we faced before. Now we only pay for cloud infrastructure consumption because the open source base helps us avoid licensing costs. We spend about $120,000 per year with Dataflow, but we'd be spending millions with our old technologies.” - Lead technical architect, CPG

Benefit #3: Increase top-line revenue by improving customer experience and retention with payback time of < 6 months

Streaming analytics is an essential capability in today’s digital world to gain real-time actionable insights. Likewise, organizations must also have flexible, high- performance batch environments to analyze historical data for building machine learning models, business intelligence, and advanced analytics. Dataflow enabled real-time streaming use cases, improved data enrichment, encouraged data exploration,improved performance and resiliency, reduced errors, increased trust, and eliminated barriers to scale. As a result, organizations provided customers with more accurate, relevant, and in-the-moment data-backed services and insights — boosting customer experience, creating new revenue streams, and improving acquisition, retention, and enrichment.

“It’s already been proven that we are getting more business [with Dataflow] because we can turn around results faster for customers.” - VP of technology, financial services technology

“When we provide data to our customers and partners with Dataflow, we are much more confident in those numbers and can provide accurate data within a minute. Our customers and partners have taken note and commented on this. It’s reduced complaints and prevented churn.” - Senior software engineer, media

Other benefits 

Eliminated administrative overhead and toil

As a cloud-native managed service, all administration tasks such as provisioning, scaling, and updates are automatically handled by Google Cloud. Teams no longer need to manage servers and related software for legacy data processing solutions. Admins also streamlined processes for setting up data sources, adding pipelines, and enforcing governance.

Saved business operations costs for support teams and data end users

Dataflow improved the speed, quality, reliability, and ease of access to data for insights for general business users, saving time and empowering users to drive better data-backed outcomes. It also reduced support inquiry volume while automating manual job creation.

What’s next?

Download the Forrester Total Economic Impact study today to dive deep into the economic impact Dataflow can deliver your organization. We would love to partner with you to explore the potential Dataflow can unlock in your teams. Please reach out to our sales team to start a conversation about your data transformation with Google Cloud.

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