Executive Summary

Google BigQuery is a leading analytical data platform delivered as a service on Google Cloud. Introduced in 2011, BigQuery pioneered automated scaling and performance optimization in the data warehousing space. The innovation has continued, with BigQuery gaining refinements and advances such as SQL-accessible machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, a combined data warehouse/data lake (aka “lakehouse”) architecture supporting myriad data types and workloads, multicloud querying capabilities, and the very latest in generative AI (GenAI) assistance. 

This Offering Overview report covers the very latest capabilities of BigQuery, including promising GenAI-based query and optimization features via Duet AI; analytics, data engineering, and data science workload unification via BigQuery Studio; and new cross-cloud query capabilities via BigQuery Omni. The report identifies key differentiators, examines functional capabilities, and considers BigQuery strengths and weaknesses. Technology buyers should use this report to evaluate BigQuery for implementation. 


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