Google Apps Continue to Create Corporate “Kumbayas”By: Lee Hester - February 20, 2012
The Roche Group, one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups has joined the Congregation of other corporations singing praises for Google Apps as the solution to their communication and collaboration problems. The problem for the Roche Group was how to enable their more than 90,000 employees in over 140 countries to communicate and collaborate more effectively from virtually anywhere in the world. The company also had additional problems from having two different e-mail and calendaring platforms which caused platform inoperability issues and a tremendous obstacle for collaboration.
After evaluating the latest cloud-based solutions, the 110 year old, innovation leader decided the solution was to move all of their employees to a single platform provided by Google Apps. The company’s corporate executive committee was impressed by the outstanding innovation, service and integrated, socially-oriented approach Google Apps provides to bring employees closer together and enable improved collaboration. Roche Executives determined Google Apps would actually give them a strategic advantage by reducing strain on their IT department, eliminating the need for a remote access system like VPN and most importantly, allowing them to focus on their core business.
Other large corporations and organizations like Motorola, BASF, Hamilton Beach, Orbitz and Yale University have much to say about going Google. “I don’t know why you wouldn’t move to Google Apps. It gives you the ability to reduce costs significantly, improve productivity dramatically and make your business more competitive. There really is no downside.” Walt Oswald, Corporate Vice President of IT and CIO of Motorola.