Google scores 90,000 Apps seats at Roche


Google has scored a major deal with pharmaceutical giant Roche, which will see the cloud-based Apps service brought to 90,000 seats.

Roche has moved to Google Apps after tiring of the clunky collaboration platform it was using, which consisted of two different email and calendaring platforms.

"To end these platform interoperability issues, the Roche Corporate Executive Committee made the decision that all employees will move to Google Apps as the single common platform for the Roche Group," said Dr. Alan Hippe, CFO and CIO of Roche, in a blog post.

"When we evaluated new cloud-based solutions, Roche's Corporate Executive Committee was impressed with the outstanding service and rapid innovation of Google Apps. Google Apps will enable over 90,000 employees to work better together from anywhere."

The simple deployment of Google Apps was also a draw for Roche over non-cloud offerings.

Roche's Corporate Executive Committee was impressed with the outstanding service and rapid innovation.

"Being able to deploy Google Apps by simply enabling them via a control panel versus planning for and deploying complex infrastructure in our datacenters will help us focus on our core business - helping save patients' lives," Hippe added.

Google has been gaining some good traction in its enterprise business of late. Earlier this month, the vendor confirmed UK-based Appsbroker Consulting was one of the first of its resellers to gain "Premier Enterprise Reseller" status for its Apps suite.

In January, Spanish bank BBVA signed up for an 110,000 seat Google Apps deal.

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