Enterprise 2.0 With Google Apps And Google App Engine

This is a short post on my experience with Google Apps and GAE in trying to execute an E2.0 strategy. While there are a host of advantages of going the Google way, there are a bunch of limitations as well:

  • The lack of a road map for enterprise customers – As a technology strategist you have no clue into whats going to get switched on in the stack tomorrow, in a weeks time or the next three months. So one day there is no support for groups [ Google Groups ] – the next day groups get switched on. This presents new complexities for strategists on the best ways to fill in gaps in the Google stack while waiting for them to do so.
  • No central profiles as yet – There is no enterprise equivalent of Google Profiles and APIs to extend that – Currently profile information gets scattered across multiple apps like Google Groups, contacts etc.,
  • No unified activity stream -There is no “workstream” – a sort of a unified feed for an individual’s activity on the Google Apps stack – This is a space startups like Socialwok address to an extent
  • Limitations of the GAE – To add to this, the current state of the GAE with it’s limitations on multiple fronts pose additional challenges to fix the gaps in the Google Apps stack.

What has been your experience with Google Apps/GAE in the E2.0 space?


One thought on “Enterprise 2.0 With Google Apps And Google App Engine

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