Google Apps, tea, biscuits and beer
My self and a fellow colleague have just returned from a trip to London - we'd been invited down to Google for a presentation from one of their business partners Ancoris
To be honest it was a sale pitch from Google to try and sell the apps I and suspect many people use every day Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Doc, Sheets, Slides, etc, etc....to a corporate market with an enterprise licence.
However I'm not sure how well it would go down in with the large tier 1 companies? Not sure I'd want to turn round to the FD and say 'you know what, remember how I told you how good Microsoft Exchange was, well I was wrong, sorry I know I had lots of good arguments for it but I was just wrong! we now need to migrate our email into that big Google cloud thing' and I'm not going to stop there 'Microsoft Office, who needs it? why pay for everybody to have office? why not switch to Google Docs?'
I suspect that many end users in an organisation who had MS Office taken off them and replaced with a web based text editor might put it down to penny pinching rather than a superior technological architectural advancement and as for there view of the IT department.....
And I've not even began to talk about data residency issues or data security - to which Google had some very Google replies.
But to be honest if I was the owner of an SME employing around 10 people I would have been sold - email with a 25 GB inbox, the cloud (10 GB storage) no upfront CAPEX, no virus protection or backup routines to worry about no need to employee that boring nerdy geek to look after things and I get all that for £330 a year! I'm Sold.
At the end of the presentation we had a 'happy hour' and yes at last the beer came out - there was a nice mix of bitter, cider and lager (I don't really do lager myself but my less cultured colleague was happy to drink it) I thought a lack of glasses once again let down the hospitality here, drinking London Pride from the bottle is just plainly wrong.