The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus. ...
As the trappings of entrepreneurship were dismantled, derisive talk of the “old Google” and its feeble attempts at competing with Facebook surfaced to justify a “new Google” that promised “more wood behind fewer arrows.”
Which then raises the question of whether Google Enterprise is still one of those key arrows. On Friday, Google's Vice President of Google Apps, Dave Girouard, announced that he is leaving to start his own firm. Which, every individual has their motivations, but at a time when the market for cloud-based email and collaboration is growing, I would think it would be a great time to be captain of the ship.
I don't know Girouard. I tried, several years ago, to network with him, but never heard back from him. Maybe that whole priority inbox doesn't quite work as advertised. Or maybe the broader issue, as the GigaOM story I linked above cites:
Last fall, market researcher Gartner estimated that Google Apps for Business represented less than 1 percent of Google’s overall revenue and there is some doubt as to whether the enterprise apps business remains a priority for the company.
Yes, this post is pure conjecture. But we have all been at this long enough to know how to read certain tea leaves. It will be interesting to watch where Google goes from here.
IBM MobileFirst partner voices
Tue, Jun 18th 2013 2:43p Ed Brill At IBM's Impact 2013, we captured thoughts from some of the leading business partners and alliances who have embraced the opportunity for building mobile enterprise solutions. I wanted to highlight the video here specifically because part of my daily effort is to help expand the IBM MobileFirst ecosystem...whether through our messages, programs, or partnerships. We are in the process of making it easier for partners to get involved in IBM MobileFirst. New IBM ASL pricing for solutions like [read] Keywords: ibm
Some new resources - Worklight trial on IBM SmartCloud at no charge
Fri, Jun 7th 2013 4:00a Ed Brill The mobile space is so busy that I haven't had a chance to write blogs. Definite difference in the new role. I want to talk about IBM's research project Presence Zones, the announcements we've made recently with MongoDB and others, and some of the new technologies I'm working with. All in due time. This morning I want to highlight an announcement we made earlier this week that should help make adoption of IBM Worklight even easier. Worklight is already free for developers to download, now [read] Keywords: ibm
Several European IBM MobileFirst events upcoming, my first tour
Fri, May 17th 2013 5:30a Ed Brill About a hundred days since the launch of IBM MobileFirst, we are still pretty busy creating market awareness of IBM's leadership in enterprise mobility. Thus, there are a huge number of events upcoming, including a number of them in Europe. I will be at the Utrecht and Madrid events. June 4, Utrecht Netherlands: IBM SolutionsConnect. June 5, Vienna Austria: IBM BusinessConnect. June 6, Madrid Spain: Encuentro en IBM MobileFirst. Tengo muchas ganas de volver a Madrid. Â¿Nos encontrarem [read] Keywords: ibm
News from IBM Impact 2013
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 12:20p Ed Brill This morning at Impact 2013, IBM has announced several updates to our MobileFirst initiative. The first is the announcement of IBM MessageSight, a high-volume transactional message delivery appliance, designed to enable/accelerate M2M (machine-to-machine) communications for the Internet of Things. Here at Impact, as discussed in a recent New York Times article, one of the key examples of how MessageSight manifests is in the connected car. In the Focus Electric car, he said, Ford wants to get [read] Keywords: ibm
IBM X-Force 2012 Trend and Risk Report
Wed, Apr 3rd 2013 8:06a Ed Brill Last week, IBM published the latest in its series of security threat assessment reports, the IBM X-ForceÂ® 2012 Trend and Risk Report. Mobile is clearly a place where emerging threats need attention; products like IBM AppScan are designed to meet this challenge head-on. The report is notable for some of the predictions around the mobile space, including: Prediction: Mobile computing devices should be more secure than traditional user computing devices by 2014. This is a bold prediction t [read] Keywords: ibm