Will Google Loosen Microsoft's Grip on Large Enterprise?

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by: SoundView Technology Group

By Kris Tuttle

Kris Tuttle submits: Cap Gemini announced that it would be offering clients Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Apps as an alternative to the standard Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) suite of products. This caught our attention because the vast majority of large enterprises are basically anchored to Windows and the Microsoft suite.

As has been written elsewhere, there is a widening gulf of innovation between which technologies a typical consumer can use freely and easily, and what company employees are faced with every day at the office.

Some firms like Zimbra have sought to make it easy to migrate by allowing enterprises to integrate with existing Microsoft components. But the prospects for being able to embrace new technologies from sources other than Microsoft seem grim. What if the still-important SI community sees the opportunity and decides to fill it?

Corporations look at technologies from Google and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the context of new architectures, on-demand computing and SaaS and dream about applying them at least in some areas. If additional SI firms put the investment in skills and marketing to help these companies achieve the kind of enterprise-SaaS dream, it could create a much more opportune environment for innovation and more bad news for Microsoft.

It’s got to be frustrating to sit in Redmond today and watch the world go by without having much of a grip on it anymore.

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