Google Apps Gets Another Endorsement


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We’ll admit from the start: this development doesn’t rival Los Angeles’s embrace of Google Apps in terms of importance.  Or Orlando’s, for that matter.  But the City of Westerville, Ohio (which is home to about 37,000 people) has adopted Google Apps and is officially pleased with the result.

Westerville could be a trendsetter of sorts.  Money magazine’s twice labeled it one of “America’s Best Places to Live,” and the city’s not far from Columbus, which might not want to get shown up.

Anyway, to return to Westerville’s endorsement, Todd Jackson, Director of Information Services and CIO, and Bryan Mundy, Network Operations Manager, wrote in a guest post on the Official Google Enterprise Blog, “When we decided that GroupWise was no longer feasible for our city, we conducted a comprehensive evaluation that included the top hosted solutions, including Microsoft’s hosted BPOS.”

The pair then continued, “We came away impressed with Google Apps’ value and features.  Google’s solution was platform-agnostic, so we could easily support users on a variety of platforms.  It was also less costly and came with capabilities like document sharing and Google Sites for building intranets.  We felt that we could accomplish more with Google Apps for less money.”

GoogleWesterville now stands by that judgment and is a fan of cloud computing.  It’s even been inspired to build what it believes will be the first community data center in the country.

Plus, Jackson and Mundy intend to say more about the whole experience during a webcast on Tuesday.  Anyone who’s interested can register here.

Google Apps Gets Another Endorsement
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  • Roy

    That’s going to cost them dearly I’m sure. Wait until the sky starts falling and the lawsuits start to arrive. Heads are going to roll over this decision.

  • Tom

    Hi Roy. The sky has been falling, for years, except it’s been in the form of MSFT and IBM and Novell on-premise hardware, software, OS patches, upgrades, service packs, database issues, thick-client headaches, and a sometimes grueling road to get the email provider to maintain and enhance, which is definitely the case with GroupWise.

    Many, many State/City/Local governments are on Google Apps, and with the recent FISMA certification of Google Apps, and the GovCloud offering, the dam will break on pent up demand for a robust but less expensive solution for messaging and collaboration.

    Lawsuits are bound to happen – at least Google gives you comprehensive auditing and search capabilities to deal with them after the fact, and pretty darn good controls to avoid them if you can.

  • emie

    I end up renewing other peoples name instead of renewing my own domain. I followed some steps and I guess that was part of some scam. Please email me on my google application my domain will expire today and I did not recieve any messages from you

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