We've heard many CIOs say that, while they like the benefits provided by Google Apps for Business, they're still not completely comfortable entrusting the success of their organisation to Google's cloud solutions.
We can understand such caution, but the recent news that Spanish banking giant BBVA is to roll out Google Apps for Business to 110,000 users demonstrates that Google Apps can be the right choice for even the largest of companies in the most security-minded and regulated of industries. The deal sets a clear precedent for other large organisations considering whether or not to adopt Google Apps.
The BBVA deal is not the only large-scale rollout which confirms that cloud-based infrastructure has moved well beyond the early adopter stage. For example, Dutch retailer Royal Ahold is rolling out Google Apps to 55,000 employees. Meanwhile, a number of deals with US federal agencies show that Google Apps offers enterprise strength security and stability even for organisations in sectors which have traditionally taken a very conservative approach to risk. A 17,000-user rollout at the General Services Administration (GSA) is already complete, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will have rolled Google Apps out to 25,000 users by the end of this year. NOAA CIO Joseph Klimavicz is on record as saying cloud computing is "faster, it's easier, the technology is mature and security can be addressed."
BBVAs move to Google Apps for Business confirms that assessment, with the banking groups director of innovation, Carmen Herranz, stressing that the solution meets the demands of both banking regulators and data protection officials. If it wasnt clear before that Google Apps for Business is a safe pair of hands, it surely is now.