Google claims that 3,000 businesses a day are taking up Google Apps rather than its competitors.
According to Robert Whiteside, who I believe is the Head of Google Enterprise for UK, Ireland and Benelux; three million businesses throughout the globe now use Google Apps. He told pcworld.com: “We have over 3,000 companies a day moving into the cloud…[and] the adoption of cloud is accelerating.”
Interestingly, many of these businesses still use the free version of the applications that were launched in 2007.
From what I can gather any business with up to ten users can use the Google business service for free. This is called the Standard Service. Anything over this, businesses are expected to pay £33 per year per user. Alternatively, a business can pay monthly at £3.30 per user.
Mr. Whiteside said “We have really seen cloud computing go mainstream. One of the great values of cloud computing is it’s very accessible.” The majority of companies are attracted to cloud computing because it will save them money.
“The reality is that the model of cloud computing transforms your working practices, [allowing employees to] collaborate with each other, connecting staff in different ways. The cloud allows you to solve new business problems.”
Mr Whiteside also indicated that the most successful companies were likely to be those who use the cloud in innovative, new ways, as well as running the cloud in their business.
Many large companies in the UK use Google’s services including Rentokil, Specsavers and even the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers.
Currently in the USA I know many companies are moving away from Microsoft. Will the same happen in Britain?