Having recently moved to Google’s cloud, this story is very appropriate for our blog. It has been announced earlier this year that Swiss pharmaceutical giant, Roche, will be rolling out Google’s email collaboration suite. The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of this year to the company’s 90,000 employees in 140 countries, which makes it largest Google Apps deployment yet.
According to Dr. Alan Hippe, CIO, Google Apps was selected by Roche since the separation between its calendar system and current email is an obstacle for collaborating effectively. On the enterprise blog of Google, Hippe also mentioned that being able to use the apps simply by using a control panel to enable them rather than deploying and planning for infrastructure that is complex in centers for data will assist in focusing on their main business and thus help save the lives of patients.
Using Google Apps will also preclude the necessity of virtual private networks to allow secure access to self-hosted system. This will ultimately reduce the support burden of IT departments.
Roche expects this to give them not just a strategic advantage but to bring it closer together. Here at Nitro, we certainly love Google Apps!
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