Google Apps Gets Big New Customer


I have attention deficit disorder, at least when it comes to my work. I write about lots of different business technology topics. While this keeps my life interesting, my editorial interest also tends to wander. Perhaps because I wrote a story about Google Apps earlier this year and snagged a rare interview (for me, anyway) with Google, I've been following developments involving Apps with interest.


Just last month, I wondered whether Google's intent to link Google Apps with a growing collection of Google services, along with other tweaks like a Secure Data Connector that makes it easier to link Apps to data stored behind corporate firewalls, would awaken more enterprise interest in Google Apps.


It looks like the answer may be yes. Google just announced what it calls "one of the largest enterprise deployments of Google Apps to date," a 30,000-seat deal with automotive supplier Valeo, reports the New York Times. (I realize this deal was probably in the pipeline long before the changes to Apps announced last month. I took a bit of editorial license with the first sentence of this paragraph.)


The deal will be managed by Capgemini. Showing how not-so-smart I am, I questioned the partnership with Capgemini when it was announced back in September of 2007.


The deployment will include Valeo's distributed workforce of 192 business entities in 27 countries and five continents, notes the Times article. This helps prove my recent contention that collaboration is the cloud's killer app. Cloud-based collaboration seems like the proverbial no-brainer for companies with distributed workforces.