Google has convinced the US Army to “Go Google”! Via their enterprise blog, Google has announced that the US army has gone Google, and will utilize Google Apps to improve their communication and become more mobile. This will reduce cost for the Army, as well as give troops around the globe access to things like Drive and Hangouts.
Google said the switch was “part of a transformational program to improve collaboration, information sharing and mobile access for an initial group of 50,000 Army and Department of Defense (DoD) personnel.” The program will initially roll out to the Army Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, which handles all the IT and infrastructure for the Army, Including all end-to-end transactions.
Google also noted that the move to Docs would make the Army more nimble, allowing for better training and the spread of information to soldiers in the field. Private folders can be set up, and utilities like Hangouts can be taken advantage of for classes or conferencing face-to-face. The Army will also have the ability to create private channels for the Play Store to deploy apps and utilities they create.
The true brilliance is that Google Apps works across devices, so the Army will have very little hardware cost associated with the switch. It’s cloud based, so all that’s really required is a browser and a connection. Google Apps also meets with all current Army security policies and the Department of Defense authentication system. The famed “99.95 uptime” Google has will help, too.