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Tuesday morning, I woke up with the grand news that Google launched its own Device Management.

This means that Google is joining in on the fight for enterprise mobility dominance and is going full force. Having such device management brings them head to head with SAP (Afaria), Mobile Iron, and Microsoft. Moreover, it seems to be yet another move to seduce more enterprises to choose for Google services.

I already mentioned once that Google+ is a pretty good collaboration platform which stands the test compared to Microsoft and SAP services. With this next brick, I think the time has come to compare Google as a provider for the full enterprise suite. So I listed some of the most common IT needs within the enterprise and put Google, Microsoft, SAP and Apple heads on. I included Apple because many of my colleagues keep saying that “Apple is waaay more ready for the enterprise than Google!!”. By which they mean of course that iOS has more enterprise plugs than Android, but we like to generalize.

So I opened up my favourite tool (MS Excel) and created this nifty looking table…


Google

Microsoft

SAP 

Apple

Mail

Gmail

Live / Exchange

 

me.com

Documents

Google Docs

Office

 

iWork

Cloud Software

Google Cloud

Azure

River/ondemand

 

Collaboration

Google+

Sharepoint/Live

Streamwork

 

Messaging

Google+/Chat

Office Communicator/MSN Messenger

 

 

Device management

Integrated in Google Apps and Google device Policy

MS configuration tool + Athena

Afaria

 

 

Development studio

Android development tools

Visual studio

Unwired studio

Xcode

Mobile Platform

Android

Windows Phone

 

iOS

Online storage

Google docs

Skydrive

Streamwork

iCloud

ERP

myERP

Microsoft dinamycs ERP

SAP ERP

 

CRM

 

Microsoft Dynamics

SAP CRM

 

Database

BigData

MS SQL

MaxDb

IQ

SQLAnywhere

 

User Management

user policy management

Active directory

Central User Administration / Identity Management

 

Desktop OS

Chrome OS

Windows

 

Osx

Analytics

BigQuery

Microsoft BI

BI/BO

 

Search

Google Enterprise search

Windows search

Enterprise search/TREX

 

 

In here, we notice that Google and Microsoft have a solution for pretty much all of the enterprise needs, except for where it comes to ERP and CRM. Being passionate about SAP, I have to make the statement that no alternative for CRM or ERP can ever match up to the SAP offering.

So if your company is looking for ways to reduce the number of vendors and TCO, or improve the integration, than you may want to consider to go all out for Google, or Microsoft with a back-end in SAP.

On a finishing note: Apple is clearly still consumer oriented and is not ready to conquer the enterprise market, although they do have a significant contribution which we can not ignore.

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