The Roche Group goes Google

by Volker Weber

For the last two and a half years, our two different email and calendaring platforms have often been an obstacle for effective collaboration. To end these platform interoperability issues, the Roche Corporate Executive Committee made the decision that all employees will move to Google Apps as the single common platform for the Roche Group.

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Would you provide me with a reason (or reasons) that this is significant or news worthy?

Gregg Eldred, 2012-02-17

Volker Weber, 2012-02-17

I still can't make up my mind about whether or not it would be legal for a German company, under German law (or EU law for that matter), to use Google Apps (without e.g. getting approval from all of its customers). It seems to be quite impossible to find an authoritative answer on this. Do you happen to have any pointers?

(Note that I'm not at all questioning whether or not data is more or less secure with Google than in one's own data center. I'm strictly interested in the legal perspective, however (un)reasonable it may be. And of course I know YANAL.)

Stefan Tilkov, 2012-02-18

Du wirst niemals einen Juristen treffen, der Dir sagen kann: "ja, das können Sie so machen". Egal, was Du machst.

Volker Weber, 2012-02-18

Ich wäre ja schon mit dem Gegenteil zufrieden …

Stefan Tilkov, 2012-02-18

@vowe, I wasn't being snarky, I was wondering the significance of the news. Was it because they are a large enterprise customer? That they are headquartered in Germany? That they moved off of GroupWise/Exchange/Domino/etc? All of the above? But then, the other comments helped me out to some extent.

Gregg Eldred, 2012-02-21

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