GSA Goes with Google Apps for Government

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I guess the score in the recent fight between Google and Microsoft for government contracts is now 1-1.


At the beginning of November, I couldn't believe Google would go so far as to sue the U.S. government over e-mail systems at the Department of the Interior. I thought the powers that be at Google were just upset that Microsoft had come away with the contract.


Turns out, there was more to the story, but that's another post.


This week, Google came out on top. The U.S. General Services Administration awarded a five-year, $6.7 million contract to Unysis and others that will move the entire agency to cloud-based services-including Google Apps for Government. According to The Next Web, GSA is the first agency to move all e-mail and collaboration to the cloud. The story quotes GSA CIO Casey Coleman as follows:

With this award, GSA employees will have a modern, robust e-mail and collaboration platform that better supports our mission and our mobile work force, and costs half as much.

In a blog post Wednesday, Google's Mike Bradshaw said:

By making this switch, GSA will benefit in a number of ways. Modern e-mail and collaboration tools will help make employees more efficient and effective. Google Apps will bring GSA a continual stream of new and innovative features, helping the agency keep pace with advances in technology in the years ahead.

Microsoft, not surprisingly, is pouting over Google's success. In a TechNet post , a company representative said:

There's no doubt that businesses are talking to Google, and hearing their pitch, but despite all the talk, Google can't avoid the fact that often times they cannot meet basic requirements.

The writer pointed out specific state and local governments that had voiced their dissatisfaction with Google's offering, and then concluded:

Constraints such as inadequate product support, failure to provide a roadmap, poor interoperability with other lines of business applications and limited functionality are all reasons why public sector organizations ... have said 'no thanks.'

Yeah, that's good. Enhance your own reputation by bashing the competition. That worked really well when we were in junior high.

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