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Is Apps for Government Ready for Prime Time?

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Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm

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Is Apps for Government Ready for Prime Time?

Google received U.S. government security certification for its Apps for Government products on this week, a milestone for the search giant whose quest for government cloud computing contracts has been marred by its failure to meet deadlines for converting the City of Los Angeles email system.

The certification that Google meets the standard of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) will help the firm compete with Microsoft for the $76 billion government computing market, says the Wall Street Journal.

Microsoft and, another cloud computing firm, expect to get FISMA certification too, according to WSJ.

The central question, says ReadWriteWeb, is whether Google and other cloud-computing firms assuage the unique concerns of government agencies about security.

TechCrunch reports that Google will be hosting Apps for Government data on servers that are segregated from its common ‘cloud’ and are housed exclusively on U.S. soil, two requirements of U.S. law.

The FISMA certification is “a big step forward for Google,” says Mashable.

But the history of Google Docs, the company’s collaborative word processing application, is not reassuring.

Information Today reports that Google introduced a new version of Google Docs on June 15, “offering new but unfinished collaborative features, startling interface changes, [and] missing significant functionality.”

Their conclusion, (confirmed by this blogger’s personal experiences) is that “Google’s Docs 2010 version was then, and remains a month later, not ready for prime time.”

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This post was written by:

Margot Williams

- who has written 49 posts on Inside Google.

Margot Williams has more than two decades of experience in roles as investigative researcher, research editor, database editor, technology trainer and library director at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gannett newspapers and Time Warner. She was lead researcher on two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Washington Post for reporting on terrorism in 2002 and for an investigation of the use of deadly force by the District of Columbia police in 1999. Margot is the co-author of “Great Scouts! CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web” (Cyberage Books, 1999) and contributed to the “Networkings” column in The Washington Post for five years.

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One Response to “Is Apps for Government Ready for Prime Time?”

  1. FISMA Says:

    Should web question the Department of Defense assessment on Google’s security certification based on that blogger’s “personal experience”?


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