Google Apps Draws Enterprise Users
Despite summer outages for Google Gmail and Google Apps that left some analysts questioning whether Web-based applications were right for the enterprise, a new report from Google claims that 10 million individuals from over 1 million businesses are using Google Apps. This plays into Google's targeting of enterprise users for its Apps program.In August 2008, Google Gmail and Google Apps experienced periods of downtime that had business users howling over the loss of both communication and applications. For some, that may have led to a bit of soul-searching over the viability of Google's Web-based applications as a foundation for an enterprise. But according to a Jan. 30 report released by Technology Business Research, more than 10 million individuals from over 1 million businesses-including 3 million active users from educational institutions-have chosen Google Apps as their enterprise software.
This represents "slow and steady progress in attracting enterprise and SMB [small and midsize business] customers to [the] Google Apps suite of office and communication tools," according to the TBR report.