Google March 9 launched the Google Apps Marketplace, an online store selling enterprises business applications that integrate with and extend Google Apps. This will provide third-party software developers, such as Appirio, Intuit, Atlassian and others, with a larger cloud computing channel into which to sell their applications. The Google Apps Marketplace will also challenge Salesforce.com, which has spent the last decade-plus fomenting its Force.com and AppExchange platforms. Google Apps Marketplace Product Manager Chris Vander Mey told eWEEK that Google will take a 20 percent cut of application sales, recurring on subscriptions.
Google March 9 opened its Google Apps Marketplace
, an online store
selling enterprises business applications that integrate with and extend Google
The Google Apps Marketplace will let Google Apps users access business apps
for project management, billing and accounting, travel management, and other
services. This will provide third-party software developers a larger cloud
computing channel into which to sell their applications.
The move, announced during a Campfire One event at the company's Mountain
View, Calif., headquarters, is
Google's most aggressive play to drive growth for Google Apps, a suite of SAAS
(software as a service) collaboration applications. The play also threatens
existing cloud application stores such as Salesforce.com's AppExchange.
Google Apps, which Google offers
in free and paid versions, includes Gmail; Google Docs word
processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications; and Google Sites
Google Apps has picked up more than 2 million businesses and 25 million users who opt to
let Google host their business data so they don't have to maintain on-premises
solutions such as Microsoft SharePoint or IBM
Lotus Notes on their own servers.
However, collaboration applications are only a part of the SAAS software
ecosystem. As the success of Salesforce.com shows, there is a burgeoning market
for enterprise applications based on the cloud.
To wit, the Google Apps Marketplace allows Google Apps administrators to
purchase integrated third-party cloud applications and deploy them to their
Google Engineering David Glazer, who shepherded Google's OpenSocial movement
, said that while many businesses are
switching their collaboration and communication options to Google's cloud,
customers are looking to extend the cloud to enterprise applications.