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Google Losing It

Google crowed and crowed when it beat out Microsoft for an epic deal to move much of the city of Los Angeles from the aging GroupWise (does anyone remember GroupWise?) to Google's cloud apps. After two years of effort, Los Angeles is as miffed as Lindsay Lohan visiting her probation officer.

The problem is not performance, though cloud productivity apps are rarely as fast as on-premise. The issue is security -- or lack thereof. Google argues that its apps are secure, but that Los Angeles changed the rules midstream. Los Angeles is refusing to pay for all the work called for in the contract.

My guess? The Google apps are basically secure, but city government needs it all to be ultra-safe.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/25/2011 at 12:47 PM


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