International auto parts supplier Valeo has agreed to deploy Google Apps across its 30,000-member workforce.
Google's promotion of cloud computing represents a concerted effort to counter doubts sown by the company's competitors and consulting organizations with divergent agendas. When McKinsey & Co. published a report in March that warned companies about cloud computing hype, Google responded in April as if it had been stung, with a spirited defense of the cloud.
Matt Brown, an analyst for Forrester Research, observes that cloud computing is not a done deal as far as most organizations are concerned. "In terms of corporate adoption, I see a lot more evaluations and interest in cloud computing than I see actual contracts getting done," he said. "There are a number of inhibitors that will prevent it from catching on in a mainstream way for a little while."
He predicts the cloud computing paradigm will take another five years before it's widely adopted. The reason, he said, is that there's still a lot of resistance from IT professionals about security, privacy, and legal requirements. He points out that many companies are regulated by laws that restrict where they can store data or that require verification of how data is stored.
"Google has not done a good job at all at providing inspection rights for its infrastructure," he said, adding, "They are in a bit of a Catch-22. They're not trying to hide anything, but there are security reasons why they wouldn't want every company coming in and looking at everything."
He credits Google with riding the wave of technological populism, which has forced IT departments to consider cloud applications like Google Apps. But he says that competitors like Microsoft and IBM appear to be in a better position to address the enterprise market than Google, at least at the moment.
Learn about all the latest Enterprise 2.0 technologies at TechWeb's Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Boston, June 22-25. Join us (registration required).
SaaS As Innovation Driver?Software as a service is the clear No. 1 way enterprises consume cloud. InformationWeek's SaaS Innovation Survey reveals three tips to get the most from SaaS: Make it a popularity contest. Have an escape plan. And remember that identity is the new perimeter.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of October 9, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."