Google is starting to make an impact in the UK if the CIO of Journal Communications is anything to go by.
I believe the move to using Google Apps was not a smooth one, particularly since its company’s CIO, Michael O’Brien, admits he wasn’t ‘a Google person’. He changed his mind.
Speaking with computerworlduk.com, Mr. O’Brien said: “When I got here, we had an IT organisation focused on TV, one on radio and one for publishing. There were multiple instances of PeopleSoft running different versions in different business units.”
“We had three to four flavours of phone systems and routers and databases that weren’t talking to each other. We needed to consolidate, so we started with people, then processes and worked our way to systems.”
Despite not being too keen on Google, Michael O’Brien knew that the way for the future in IT was using cloud-based systems. He wasn’t that happy with Microsoft either. In fact he got his team to analyse the contract the company had with the software giant.
What he realised was that to upgrade his systems would cost the company a fortune. What was there around that he could use that could replace his aging IT infrastructure? That’s when Mr. O’Brien decided to take a better look at what Google had to offer. He mentioned this to his fellow directors, but they weren’t totally sold on the idea. Consequently, Michael arranged a test run, which proved positive. This lasted for 60 days, after which time the company agreed to terminate their relationship with Microsoft and move to Google.