Google has had a long fight with Microsoft in the collaboration space and now the search giant is branching out. Last week, Google stripped the beta tag off its Google Apps platform, signaling that it's serious about meeting the needs of corporate customers.
This week, Google is adding the other major player in the market, attacking the Lotus Notes install base that numbers 145 million. Many of those customers still face migrations to Notes 8, which shipped nearly two years ago.
"We hope this is a continuation of making our product more attractive to the enterprise space and making it easier to adopt Google Apps," says Michael Lock, director of enterprise sales and operations for the Americas at Google.
Lock says CIOs are concerned about three things with online applications: functionality, security/privacy and how do I get there.
"This announcement today is a how-do-I-get-there announcement," he says. "The applications are a bit more of a challenge; it is not a one-size-fits-all strategy. I don't know if there will ever be a set of tools that take a set of applications and put them over in another area."
Google's Chris Vander Mey, senior product manager for Google Apps, says Google has tools such as App Engine "that are highly scalable and highly flexible and give a lot of the function of writing baseline Lotus script, and you can get it today."
Vander Mey says many Notes applications are used as document repositories and that Google has tools that are similar to creating those types of applications.
He said many of the Notes application functions could be rewritten as Web-based applications and supported on the Google platform.
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