Google’s recent contract problems with the Los Angeles city council wouldn’t have happened with Microsoft, according to the latter’s Tom Rizzo. Mr Rizzo is Microsoft’s Senior Director for online services.
Microsoft has been in an epic battle with Google over cloud services after the software giant created a new suite of cloud applications to rival Google’s. However, the latter’s early establishment in this technological area has not been easy to break.
But with the loss of the Los Angeles contract, it could give Microsoft a chance to fill to void.
Personally, I’m not so sure. Microsoft’s 365 suite of apps are expensive and while the offline versions are well known, and probably used by local authorities and businesses, the cloud equivalent is not an easy sell.
In an interview with rcpmag.com Mr. Rizzo was asked whether Google Apps for Business, which was endorsed by analysts Gartner, was a threat or something to welcome as far as competition goes. Mr. Rizzo said “You know, the interesting thing about that Gartner report, I believe one of the 10 references listed was the city of L.A., and the LAPD has pulled out of deploying Google Apps….We fundamentally disagree that Google is actually ready for enterprise, as you can see by folks like the city of L.A.”
That may be Microsoft’s view, but I have to say the Los Angeles experience doesn’t so far appear to be repeating itself elsewhere. Mr. Rizzo may end up having to eat his words.
If Google has anything to do with it the company’s management won’t let the loss of this contract stop them pushing on.