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Google Cloud acquires Bitium
80 points by coloneltcbhttps://techcrunch.com/2017/09/26/google-cloud-acquires-cloud-id...-cloud-identity-management-company-bitium/
pinewurst - 2 hours ago
I'm curious if employees of Google acquisitions (real ones not
acquihires) are thrilled or just worried about having to audition
to a room of Googlers to keep their jobs?
thatoneguy - 2 hours ago
Not all acquihires have to interview to keep their jobs. For
example, one company I'm familiar with made sure that as part of
the acquisition, its employees would not have to go through the
Google interview process.
euyyn - 2 hours ago
> auditioning in front of a room of DamoresWhat do you mean by
this? I'm having trouble picturing what you refer to.
yahna - 2 hours ago
Lets say I'm a senior engineer at a successful startup. I
helped build most of the services we have, I know the
technology and I know the product. I'm good at my job.We get
acquired by google.I now have to jump through the notorious
google interview process to essentially keep the job I already
know I can do.
dguaraglia - 1 hours ago
From my own personal experience through a Google acquisition:
you don't need to go through the interview process. We got
calibrated to Google's system, and after that we were as able
to move around as any other "real" Google engineer (read:
people who went through the interview process.)Mind you, YMMV
depending on division you get acquired into and your
euyyn - 26 minutes ago
In addition to what /u/dguaraglia said, Google interviews are
nothing like auditioning in front of a room of people, much
rrdharan - 2 hours ago
(Google employee)Why would the sentiments of "real ones" be
different than "acquihires"?First, there's actually a spectrum
from 'acquihire' to 'real'.Second, as a Google employee who
joined via an acquisition that falls somewhere on that spectrum,
I was thrilled at the time, I continue to be thrilled to work
here, and I think that characterization is inaccurate, unfair and
insulting to all the folks who work here including those involved
in acquisition diligence.
jazoom - 2 hours ago
For those who (like me) don't know this company:"Google Cloud
announced today that it has acquired Bitium, a company that focused
on offering enterprise-grade identity management and access tools,
such as single-sign on, for cloud-based applications."
oellegaard - 3 hours ago
Oh no :-( Was super happy to use it - I guess we have to start
looking for an alternative before google turns it off or requires a
Google Apps account to use it.
tptacek - 3 hours ago
What did you like about it? What alternatives did you
consider?(I'm super interested in IDPs right now).
avenoir - 2 hours ago
I've not heard of Bitium, but we're super happy with Auth0.
tptacek - 1 hours ago
oellegaard - 3 hours ago
Easy to use, many integrations, great design. We chose it over
OneLogin which we used before.
tptacek - 3 hours ago
Were you using it mostly for your internal apps or mostly to
give everyone access to third party apps? What was good about
the design?I'm very familiar with OneLogin and Okta but not
at all familiar with Bitium.
saganus - 48 minutes ago
What is IDPs in this context?I found "Intrusion Detection and
Prevention System" but I don't think that's it.
lvh - 32 minutes ago
IdP == Identity Provider. A thing that knows what accounts
exist, and how to authenticate for them. Contrast: RP
(relying party), which needs the IdP to identify who someone
is.Your IdP can be, like, GSuite auth. RP can be any app that
believes GSuite when it makes assertions about who you are,
via OpenID Connect or SAML.
kyrra - 2 hours ago
I have no clue the intent of this buy, but Google Cloud does have
an IAM feature today. I'd bet they are looking to pull in
talent to help improve that feature, or maybe to make the IAM
more than just IAM and handle all the things that Bitium does
today.You have to remember that Google Cloud also has bought
StackDriver and Firebase and continues to grow those
products.(disclaimer: Google employee that wishes he worked on
vgt - 2 hours ago
and Kaggle and api.ai and apigee and Qwiklabs and Orbitera and
Anvato and you get the point :)
arunpn123 - 1 hours ago
Apologies for taking it offtopic, but can't you just move
kyrra - 1 hours ago
Lateral movement here is really easy. But I'm at a smaller
Google office, which limits the options I have for other
teams without moving to a different location.EDIT: I ranked
location over product area when I picked where to interview,
and I'm still happy with my choice. I ended up in payments,
which I was not thrilled about when I started, but I've come
to enjoy it. There are lots of technical challenges when you
are dealing with the payment volume Google moves.
johansch - 3 hours ago
So.. what are they buying here? People, tech or partner
vpol - 2 hours ago
Souls of the customers.
johansch - 2 hours ago
Do they have a large enough amount of customers for that to be
significant? (leaving judgements aside for a moment)