Google Web Store Pushes Cloud Computing Apps
Google is operating in the cloud and the company is looking
to get the rest of us to do our computing up there, as well. The company announced
the launch of an online store for business applications that run over the internet.
than 50 companies have agreed to sell software through the Google store. For
each sale made, Google will take a 20 percent cut. Software services available
on the site range from $50 a year to several hundred dollars on an annual
Vander Mey, product manager, Google Apps Marketplace, wrote on the Google
Blog, “Once installed to a company’s domain, these third-party applications
work like native Google applications. With administrator approval, they may interact
with calendar, email, document and/or contact data to increase productivity.
Administrators can manage the applications from the familiar Google Apps control
panel, and employees can open them from within Google Apps. With OpenID integration,
Google Apps users can access the other applications without signing in separately
to each. The Google Apps Marketplace eliminates the worry about software updates,
keeping track of different passwords and manual syncing and sharing of data,
thereby increasing business productivity and lessening frustrations for users
and IT administrators alike.”
Google claims that roughly 25 million people in
more than two million businesses use its online applications. According to
Google’s revenues from software licensing grew from $181 million in 2007 to
$762 million last year.
Discussion Questions: What effect will the Google Apps
Marketplace have on internal company application management? Do you see this
as a smart solution for both large and small businesses? Are there
inherent dangers in relying on Google for important business applications?
for business: the Google Apps Marketplace – Google Blog
- Google opens Web store for business applications – The Associated Press/Google