Report: Google talks with H-P about bringing Now to enterprise

The Information reports Google (GOOG +2.1%) has talked with H-P (HPQ +0.5%) and others about bringing its Google Now voice search/virtual assistant platform to the enterprise. Google and H-P are also said to have talked about creating an enterprise-specific Nexus device.

Now, beloved by many Android users for its ability to analyze user data and preferences to send time and location-sensitive notifications, would reportedly be used to allow employees  to "ask their Android device for company information such as financial data or product inventory information in the same way they do routine personal searches."

Google is said to view an enterprise version of Now (often favorably compared to Apple's Siri) as a way to narrow iOS' enterprise activation lead. Apple is just a month removed from announcing a huge partnership with IBM; The Information says Apple talked with H-P about a Siri deal before reaching an agreement with Big Blue.

Eric Schmidt mentioned last year Now could be used in the future to handle enterprise analytics applications, and thus address a burgeoning market for analytics tools that can be used by non-IT workers. The Web giant has long offered enterprise search appliances that can handle a variety of file types.

H-P's Autonomy (enterprise search/pattern recognition) and Vertica (analytics database) offerings could aid Google's effort.

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  • heyo
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    long GOOGL till the machines take over
    13 Aug 2014, 05:00 PM Reply Like
  • omnimoeish
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    This is great. I love that google understands that the future of software is an intelligent personal assistant that can be your eyes and ears and memory and help you be as productive a possible. Google is an absolute master of managing absurdly vast amounts of disparate data intelligently. I think as phones and tablets and computers and devices become commoditized, software OSes reach a form that's good enough and can only be slightly and imperceptibly tweaked for improvements, the capability of the personal assistant will matter more and more. I mean already the difference between an iPhone and a nexus phone is functionally nil. Ironically apple had a view of the future back in the 80s or early 90s of a future where your personal assistant does research for you, you tell it to do stuff and it does it. It helps you manage your life. We already have seen there's really nothing left to innovate about the smart phone itself and we've got devices that come in any screen sizer imaginable from watches to TV sets. I feel like if apple wanted to fight for the future, they'd be looking into making Siri more than it is, a lot more.
    13 Aug 2014, 05:23 PM Reply Like
  • omnimoeish
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    13 Aug 2014, 05:28 PM Reply Like
  • RandyJansen
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    I wonder about IBM's Watson and what role it could play in an Apple/IBM partnership.
    13 Aug 2014, 05:39 PM Reply Like
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