ITV opts for Google to drive transformation project

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Broadcasting company ITV is to turn to cloud-based software as part of its five-year transformation project. The broadcaster is looking to improve its ways of working and has chosen Google’s cloud-based productivity suite, Google Apps as the software to enable its employees to collaborate more effectively.

The product includes moving to Google Mail with Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Video for Business. The company will also adopt Google Chrome as its standard browser. The company is also looking at adopting Google’s recently introduced Chromebooks said Robert Whiteside, head of enterprise for Google UK and Ireland, even though the company had signed a deal with Apple to equip most of its staff with Apple devices. “ITV is looking at a range of options,” said Whiteside.” They have a variety of staff and freelancers with differing needs and will choose the device that’s most suitable.”

Whiteside said ITV had considered a wide range of products. “They considered several solutions both cloud and on-premise before settling on Google Apps.” He said that Google’s long experience in cloud computing was a deciding factor, “Google had the pedigree – it’s a company that was born in the cloud.”

ITV’s chief technology officer, Paul Dale said that the new Google and Apple contracts were a key part of the efforts being put into place to adopt new ways of working. “When I arrived at ITV one of my tasks was to implement a company-wide plan for workplace technology in order to enable our staff to deliver ITV’s Transformation Plan,” he said. “I am delighted to announce these collaborations with leading technology providers who offer the depth and scope of service we need to transform our internal ways of working across the business.”

Max Cooter

Max Cooter is a freelance journalist who has been writing about the tech sector for almost forty years.

At ITPro, Max’s work has primarily focused on cloud computing, storage, and migration. He has also contributed software reviews and interviews with CIOs from a range of companies.

He edited IDG’s Techworld for several years and was the founder-editor of CloudPro, which launched in 2011 to become the UK’s leading publication focused entirely on cloud computing news.

Max attained a BA in philosophy and mathematics at the University of Bradford, combining humanities with a firm understanding of the STEM world in a manner that has served him well throughout his career.