Posts tagged "google marketplace"

Enterprise 2.0 Roll-up: The Great Google vs. Microsoft Debate

This week we saw Google move from taking a bite out of Microsoft’s pie to their first all-out attempt at devouring it whole. What we’re talking about, of course, is the Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange tool.

If this is how we’re fighting now, then, well: Things just. Got. Interesting.

You Say You Want a Revolution…

We’re not gonna lie, folks. The battle field is ugly. Many of those in favor of Google are keen on proclaiming their love for the openness of the cloud, and shutting down anything that doesn’t follow that strategy.

For example, earlier this month Zoho’s CEO Sridhar Vembu spoke to his decision to stick his company’s CRM system in the Google Marketplace. In the manifesto his belief in the future of e-mail and contextual integration within the enterprise—and Google’s way of handling both—was borderline devout. Meanwhile, his opinion of Salesforce.com’s technique was, well, not:

“…to be a real platform, you have to have a degree of openness, and our experience with Salesforce demonstrates the opposite, and sets up a direct contrast to Google's platform approach.”

Meanwhile, some of Microsoft’s fankids argue that Google Apps is like child’s play when it comes to business productivity. After all, Microsoft offers different solutions for different needs (MOSS, WSS, SharePoint) while Google houses everything together.

E-Tantrums and pixelated tears have been especially prevalent at the mention of Google’s pricing structure, which requires individuals to purchase additional space once they exceed the single freebie gigabyte that Google provides. In contrast, Microsoft offers 25GB for free that integrates with their Online Office.

We All Want to Change the World

This debate is nothing new, of course. These two giants have gone head to head in battle over several areas of tech, including internet search, operating systems, enterprise applications and browsers.

"Both [companies] are looking for dominant positions in the Internet,” said In-Stat analyst Jim McGregor late last year. “For Google to increase its business, it needs to move into other territory. For Microsoft to have significant growth opportunities, it needs to become an Internet powerhouse, and they know it. This is not a war that is going to be won by one or two battles. This is going to be a prolonged activity."

Google’s certainly expanding into other territories with the new marketplace. Is Microsoft meeting the needs of its users as well?

Don’t You Know It’s Gonna Be All Right

However this battle goes down, we know one thing for certain: It sure is gonna be fun to watch. And, all things considered—even the migration tool—it's obviously far from over. Stick with us as the headlines change; nothing in the enterprise is ever boring these days: 

Microsoft Unveils a User Experience Kit

At this year's SXSW conference, Microsoft unveiled a User Experience kit. The kit helps both technical and creative leads make sense of the Microsoft technology stack by providing videos, reference implementations, sample code, live demos, installable tools, whitepapers, pattern libraries, etc. 

Enterprise Software: To Be or Not To Be Like Facebook

Yet another heated battle. On one side of the field we have Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com. His argument is that enterprise software should be more like Facebook. On the other side, a crowd of naysayers who don’t like the idea of mixing business with pleasure.

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Google's Marketplace Spells Trouble for Microsoft

Google set off an enterprise-tastic bomb last night when they announced the opening of Google Marketplace, an online store for business apps. Now, we can’t help but wonder, is Microsoft an impending casualty?  

The Strip

We noted Microsoft’s attempt to be “the very best option” for cloud lovers late last year when they announced their app marketplace for Windows Azure. Dubbed PinPoint, the online store helps users find related experts, applications and professional services.

In addition to PinPoint, Microsoft released an information marketplace called Dallas. This part of Azure is designed to provide developers with content (data, imagery, real-time web services) from third-party providers through clean, consistent APIs. It’s the same idea as Salesforce's AppExchange and Apple's infamous iPhone App store.

Imagine all those little stores residing next to each other in a virtual strip mall. Combined, they form what is undoubtedly the largest directory of IT companies and their offerings we’ve got. Now, picture a Texas-sized, G-shaped supermarket dropping right down in the center of it all.

Google’s Mega Outlet

Google's marketplace will connect developers with their whopping 25 million Apps users and the 2 million businesses that have gone Google. Better yet, from what we can tell, the store is simple and straightforward. Here are some high points from the presentation:

  • Google says everything businesses need is now in the cloud
  • Developers don’t have to use App Engine to build—you can use whatever you want
  • Google asks for a one-time fee of US$ 100, and a 20% rev share
  • Big G already has Over 50 launch partners, including Zoho, Box.net, Atlassian and Aviary

 

This is nice compared to Microsoft which splits its market into two sectors, and even Salesforce.com, which forces you to build your apps on their platform.

 

Microsoft, Oh, Microsoft

This is the second time Google has stepped on Microsoft's toes in the last handful of days.
The first was G's acquisition of DocVerse, a startup that allows people to collaborate with MS Office documents online. 

“The future of productivity applications is in the cloud,” wrote Google Enterprise marketing specialist, Ellen Petry Leanse, on the company’s official blog. “…we recognize that many people are still accustomed to desktop software. So as we continue to improve Google Docs and Google Sites as rich collaboration tools, we’re also making it easier for people to transition to the cloud, and interoperate with desktop applications like Microsoft Office."

Microsoft is doing what it can (moving to the cloud was one of the most popular topic's at the SharePoint 2009 Conference in October). For starters, the new SharePoint Online—a solution similar to today's SharePoint Online, but for internet websites— is slated to come out with SharePoint 2010. 

How much do you want to bet Microsoft will announce a marketplace for SharePoint Online sometime in the near future?

Until then, do you see the Google Marketplace as the very best option? Does Microsoft stand a chance? Let us know what you think.