Security requirements of the Los Angeles Police Department have delayed the city's complete implementation of the Google Apps cloud collaboration software.
complete (NASDAQ:GOOG) implementation of its Google Apps cloud collaboration
software for Los Angeles has been delayed due to additional security
requirements from the city's police department.
scored the Los Angeles contract
to provide its Gmail and other applications
for Los Angeles' 30,000 municipal employees in December 2009, it marked a
Though worth only $7.25 million, it was a high-profile deal for
a company working hard to expand its user base, not only in businesses but also
in government, which is ripe for upgrades to on-premise collaboration systems
from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) to the cloud.
the time, L.A. CTO Randi Levin boasted that moving to Google would free up
nearly 100 servers that were used for the city's existing Novell GroupWise
implementation and lower electricity bills by almost $750,000 over five years.
Google tapped CSC's help to migrate L.A.'s employees from GroupWise to Google
Google and CSC have not been able to satisfy security requirements for the Los
Angeles Police Department pursuant to U.S. Justice Department Criminal Justice
Information Systems policy requirements, Levin said
in an August letter to CSC manager Michael Schneider.
means only 17,000 of the city's 30,000-plus employees have been shuttled to Google
Apps. Levin proposed amendments to the contract that would include having Google
pay the remaining cost of the GroupWise implementation until Nov. 20, 2012. Los
Angeles City Council member Dennis Zine Oct. 19 filed a motion requesting a
status report on Google's contract with the city.
: The Consumer
Watchdog advocacy group exhorted Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to
disclose the extent to which Google has failed to comply with its contractual obligations
with the city.
record with the city is nothing but broken promises and missed deadlines,"
Consumer Watchdog's Jaime Court and John M. Simpson.
giant simply has not done what it said it would do and has tried to buy its way
out of the mess it has made by covering the unbudgeted costs of the LAPD's
GroupWise System that the department has been forced to continue using."
Google spokesperson downplayed the delay and noted that the city has introduced
requirements for more work to implement in a cloud-computing environment.
Google plans to meet those needs at no additional cost.
is just the latest in a long list of press stunts from a group that admits to
working closely with our competitors," the spokesperson told eWEEK,
adding that the company is meeting
its commitments to the city.
Nucleaus Research analyst Rebecca Wettemann noted that whether L.A.'s claims
are legitimate or not, this is not going to help Google's credibility with the
CEO] Larry Ellison raised the issue of cloud security at OpenWorld and brought
it top of mind again for many people," Wettemann told eWEEK.
"Expect other cloud vendors to face similar scrutiny
Google enjoys other government Apps contracts, including one with the General
Services Administration for 17,000 workers,
which it earned in December
2010. Google also scored a coup
versus Microsoft when it prevented
the U.S. Department of Interior from picking Microsoft without looking at other
Consumer Watchdog is not funded by Microsoft as originally reported.