Is the Google cloud all “ice cream castles in the air” or does the Google cloud “get in the way”?A striking aspect of Google acquisitions is the ease by which the management team absorbed adopts Google speak right out of the gate.
Is the Google cloud all “ice cream castles in the air” or does the Google cloud “get in the way”?
A striking aspect of Google acquisitions is the ease by which the management team absorbed adopts Google speak right out of the gate.
The JotSpot Blog in announcing “Google has acquired JotSpot”:
we’re all Googlers now, and we couldn’t be more excited… Google has thousands of the smartest engineers and product people for us to tap into. Google is a hotbed of innovation and creativity, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.
Joe Kraus, JotSpot co-founder and CEO, has already been accorded posting privileges at the official Google blog and he waxes poetic about his new corporate parent:
when we had conversations with people at Google we found ourselves completing each other's sentences
JotSpot has also conveniently posted a “Frequently asked questions about the deal.” Among the provided Q & A:
Will paying customers still be charged?
We will no longer be billing customers for the use of the service. Although you will still have use of the product at your current pricing plan, we won't charge you anymore when your current billing cycle expires.
Bottom JotSpot-Google line? Application life continues to get better, and cheaper, in the Google cloud.
Is everything really all sweetness and light in the Google cloud?
Perhaps we should heed Joni Mitchell about the menace that lurks within clouds. “Both Sides, Now”:
Rows and flows of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere I've looked at clouds that way But now they only block the sun They rain and snow on everyone So many things I would have done But clouds got in my way I've looked at clouds from both sides now From up and down, and still somehow It's cloud illusions I recall I really don't know clouds at all
Do we really know what goes on in the Google cloud at all?
Salar Kamangar, Google VP Product Management, says at the Official Google blog that the JotSpot acquisition supports Google’s mission of:
enabling people to move their calendars, photos and documents onto the web -- unlocking them from one PC
Google proudly declares that by “unlocking” data and documents from the PCs of individuals, organizations and businesses, its Web-based communications and productivity applications:
open up a wide range of possibilities for working, planning, socializing, organizing, and so on
After Google succeeds in “unlocking” documents and data from PCs around the world, what will Google do with the documents and data it obtains from the “unlocked” PCs?
Kraus notes at the Google Blog:
As we built the business over the past three years Google consistently attracted our attention. We watched them acquire Writely, and launch Google Groups, Google Spreadsheets and Google Apps for Your Domain. It was pretty apparent that Google shared our vision for how groups of people can create, manage and share information online.