America's new CIO, Vivek Kundra, is a huge Google Apps 'fanboy.' Finally, someone who gets it! Or at least someone who thinks like I do.
The current model of companies hosting their own messaging and Apps is going to go by the wayside over the next five years. The recession is only going to exasperate the move to online Apps. And Google is the biggest catalyst in this arena.
Kundra and other Technology officials entering Obama's administration think that Google Apps is the future.
There are obviously data retention and security issues to be overcome before any company moves to Apps. There is also a pretty steep learning curve for users moving from Microsoft Office applications. The biggest barrier, however, is the old IT thinking that companies need to physically house and be able to touch their messaging servers and files.
Kundra is not the only intelligent government official to really get behind the Google Apps platform. I found a great video endorsement for apps (fast forward to 12:50-16:00) on the Google Apps Twitter feed. But you'd expect Silicon Valley's local government to be ahead of the curve.
A guy from the Beltway? This is a fresh surprise from the 34 year old who has spent the last four years transforming the District of Columbia's IT infrastructure. Google Apps and Google Earth have played a big part in that transformation.
Check out the video of our CIO-in-chief, below extolling the virtues of google Apps:
"We had a demand for a collaboration platform, we were looking for something that was easy-to-use from the end user prospective, and we're also looking for a technology that can be scaled immediately.
Based on those metrics, and just the economic value of being able to roll out a technology super-fast at a low cost, we decided to go with Google Apps."
If the US and Silicon Valley governments are brave enoough to change their mindset on Google Apps for the Enterprise, why isn't yours?