Woolies Dumps Microsoft..For Google
The deployment of 8000 Chrome-based PC’s is believed to be the biggest of its kind in the world, will kick off in the second half of the year, Deon Ludick, Woolworths program director told The Australian.
The latest move is part of Woolworths “Going Google ‘campaign announced in April last year, moving thousands of staff to the Chrome platform including Google Apps for Business suite, from the company’s existing Microsoft Windows software which was reaching expiry.
By the end of the project, nearly all Woolies computer systems will be Google-operated.
The company has been trialing Chromebooks and Chromeboxes (for videoconferencing) for some time.
Several vendors are believed to be supplying Woolies with the Chrome-based PC’s, which are sold by Samsung, Acer and HP here in Australia. Chrome-based devices have been gaining increasing credibility, of late.
The move to Google Apps was cited as “a key element” of transforming workforce computing to achieve a step-change in collaboration and productivity, according to the retail giant.
Greater cost efficiencies and opportunities for global collaboration were also cited as major advantages of running the Google platform over Microsoft’s alternative systems.
This move to Google would also allow staff have greater options for ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) and Chromebooks.