Google Apps, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) very own arsenal of application software, can make it big on a large-scale. The search giant has recently signed a deal to provide its e-mail and cloud-based software to General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) 100,000 employees.  While the deal itself is big, what is more important is the precedent it can set for other large firms to adopt cloud-based application software, threatening traditional players like Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) in the process.
I'm sure the GM Traveler "case study" seen at some sort of IBM conference will still be valid. For a while.
Comment posted by Ray Bilyk11/16/2011 09:23:42 AM
Wasn't GM a big deal at Lotusphere last year or the year before?
That's one less organization in Michigan I can see myself working at...
Comment posted by Stuart McIntyre11/16/2011 09:39:58 AM
Shame, that yellow Corvette was kinda cool...
Comment posted by Ed Maloney11/16/2011 10:16:32 AM
Doesn't GM have a huge number of custom apps on Notes?
Sounds like another 'we dumped Notes, moved to the cloud' story where the apps live on in the background.
Comment posted by Gregg Eldred11/16/2011 11:43:10 AM
@Ed, just like the other organizations that have moved away from IBM Lotus for e-mail, they will probably be running two environments for a while. However, the precedent has been set within the organization to migrate apps to something else. Further, the story of Google's win will spread and others will evaluate a move away from IBM Lotus.
@Ray, yes, last year.
On a side note, it looks like I have to fix the link to the GM Traveler presentation, someone locked down their server. But that's okay, that presentation is posted elsewhere on the 'net.
Comment posted by Bill Dorge11/16/2011 11:50:04 AM
Think there is more to this than meets the eye, or what's being reported. 100,000 is about half of GM's total head count, from what I can tell from the web. I know there is a cozying up going on between GM and Google, Android, cars, compete against Ford and Mircosoft Sync, so maybe nobody was in the game for those 100,000 besides Google.
Time will tell I guess!
Comment posted by John Turnbow11/16/2011 04:28:21 PM
Does IBM realize they are under attack by multiple vendors and even undermining themselves through their own brand practices?
Comment posted by Jim Shorte11/17/2011 09:42:47 AM
Will GM also be asking for a refund in a year?
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