Roche Group Moves 90,OOO Workers to Google Apps

The Roche Group, one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare firms, has moved more than 90,000 of its employees to Google Apps to “work closer” and more effectively.

The goal is to make it easier for employees to work together whether it’s from the office or home and help reduce the workload from the company’s IT team.

In a Google blog, Dr. Alan Hippe, CFO and CIO of the Roche Group notes: “Removing barriers to communication and innovation while enhancing mobile access is a key part of our Roche IT strategy. The way our employees communicate and collaborate is diverse, and our employees are spread across over 140 countries.”

He adds: “The integrated and socially-focused way that Google Apps enables collaboration is very compelling, and we expect this to not only bring our company closer together, but give us a strategic advantage.”

This follows another announcement from Spanish financial services group, BBVA which migrated more than 35,000 workers to Google Apps and productivity tools in early February. BBVA said by the end of 2012, they expect more than 110,000 employees across its global network to be using Google Apps.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at Rates.ca, a new personal finance portal.
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