The well known online news channel – the Huffington Post recently switched from using Lotus Notes to Google Apps, and from what I gather it has been a success.
The Huffington Post now is the fifth most popular news and commentary website available on the internet, which doesn’t surprise me as I use it regularly. Currently, there are around eight million users.
So, without a doubt it is something of a coup for Google to persuade the management to switch away from Lotus Notes to using its products.
The question is why?
As a writer myself, I know how important it is to be able to collaborate and share information with other people in the most efficient manner available. As such, the members of staff at the Huffington Post require a reliable email system and other collaborative solutions, which presumably the company’s previous system no longer provided.
The management did look at more computer-based packages but came to the conclusion that the cost was now just too prohibitive. What’s more, since Google Apps are cloud based the cost of trying to maintain in-house computer services was just too high to make the latter worthwhile.
Speaking with googleusercontent.com, Paul Berry, Huffington Post’s chief IT expert said: “We needed to continuously isolate our products – news, editorial, blogs and more – and see how each one was performing over time, but we were stymied because most web analytics tools carry such a hefty price tag.”
It was only after careful comparison with all the available options that the business decided to switch to Google.
Paul Berry added: “The reaction of our staff…has been overwhelmingly positive.”