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Dion Hinchliffe posted a modernizing round up of Enterprise 2.0 tools, and I thought it would be useful to highlight:

  1. How you can use the Google suite for the same functions and benefits
  2. What else you can do with Google, and what this broad scope means for CIOs

In short one thing of particular note about Google is just how much they do. When it comes to ‘Cloudy, Social, Mobile’, there’s really no one quite like Google.


Enterprise 2.0 on Google – Take your Google Apps experience into Orbit

First off the value of this suite is illustrated by this list of tools that Dion suggested.

For example not only can Google offer equivalent functions, such as their own Google Drive to match Box, but also they have other tools for the others in the list too.

As this article describes the value of these tools and especially how Google approaches it, is the wholesome integration of social media like features. You have the same file collaboration, and with all the supporting social tools that come from the other parts of the Google environment, like Google+.

And this is just one of the apps contained within their Google Apps office collaboration set, so you have the online apps as you have always used for Word, Excel type collaboration. Except Google does it all online natively, baking in lots of user productivity boosting features and project team organizing tools.

Out of the box you have what is probably the best desktop video collaboration tool, Google Hangouts, which you can also use to produce online events that you stream through Youtube.

So after a first pass you can see a big value of Google they are one supplier who can do many of the things that a list of a bunch of different vendors to achieve elsewhere.

However to be fair it’s also true that to be of full value to the enterprise market Google has to work with and build in product offerings from third-party partners too, so ultimately it’s the same assembly process.


Their core Cloud platform is really great but in some areas is best finalized through add in of a partner application. For example there is no in-built option for a Microsoft Sharepoint alternative, and this is what Arachno Orbit caters for, an equivalent option to the Sharepoint function Dion describes in his list.

Read more in this Tech Republic review which gives an insight what is not only an ability to repeat a Sharepoint type function but also do it better in a more modern, Google Cloud-like way.

Android Everywhere

There are a myriad other plug-in apps as well, so in terms of providing the type of collaboration functionality central to an Enterprise 2.0 strategy, the Google suite is as armed to the teeth as you might imagine.

The story doesn’t stop there though, it gets bigger and better with Google.

As well as providing this type of cool collaboration functionality to users is naturally a goal for CIOs, and so is reducing costs and other business goals.

This is relevant to highlight when we also consider the broader IT landscape a CIO must manage, one that extends out on to devices like smartphones and line-of-business units like parcel trackers. What will be eaten up by the “Internet of Things”.

As an immediate cost avoidance exercise this means CIOs can take steps like re-consider that enterprise licencing agreement for Microsoft Office. It takes time to wean users from their entrenched habits around Outlook, Word et al, but as this changes and we also see Android the operating system become more prevalent there is a whole shift possible. One that offers big $$ avoidance.

Android devices can be equipped with local apps like Office Suite Pro, to replicate the same MS Office functionality but again more as part of a native Cloud suite.

Longer term there is a continuing role for Android as a distributed OS enabler that can accelerate the deployment of new technology models and services, more sophisticated parcel trackers, and importantly can achieve this by also lowering costs through achieving a greatly reduced technology platform cost as well.

Most importantly this would be achieved by a platform that can offer an end-to-end integrated suite both horizontally, for the Enterprise 2.0 collaboration functionality, as well as vertically, integrating different stack layers (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS).

That’s a hugely powerful offering that no other vendor can match, not really.

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