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Google Opens Apps Marketplace

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the software-on-tap dept.

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snydeq writes "Google has launched the Google Apps Marketplace, providing a venue for third-party, cloud-based applications to supplement Google's own online applications. The program enables integrations with such applications as Google Gmail, Documents, Sites, and Calendar. All told, the effort begins with 50 vendors participating, including Atlassian, NetSuite, Skytap, and Zoho. Participation in Google Apps Marketplace is open to customers of the Premier, Standard, and Education editions of Google Apps. Applications are linked to the marketplace via REST Web services and APIs including OpenID and OAuth."

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Link to the marketplace. (4, Informative)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432030)

I don't see it here or the TFA so http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/home [google.com]

Re:Link to the marketplace. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31432198)

Speaking of that, does anyone else get really annoyed when the only link to the actual site/content being discussed is in TFA, when it would be trivial to incorporate it into the summary? Maybe it's just a case of Internet Bitching Syndrome (IBS), but it really sets off my sellout detectors.

Re:Link to the marketplace. (1)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432680)

For what it's worth, bugs the hell out of me as well. The worst is when it's some subject the geek crowd is obviously familiar with. Like ten links explaining "what a linux is" without a link to the actual download for some patch.

Re:Link to the marketplace. (2, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433240)

They call this a mobile app marketplace ?

Your search - fart - did not return any listings.

Re:Link to the marketplace. (1)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 4 years ago | (#31435490)

They call this a mobile app marketplace ?

No, this will be the Synaptic of Chrome OS. They are getting the bugs out, and more software in, before the OS is launched.

Next Version of Android Will Use This (1)

macs4all (973270) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432034)

I see Google trying to leverage this for Android App sales.

It will be "voluntary". For a while...

A link to the site (0, Redundant)

ForexCoder (1208982) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432056)

Nice summary, no link to the site.

So here it is:
http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/home [google.com]

"The Google Apps Marketplace offers products and services designed for Google users, including installable apps that integrate directly with Google Apps. Installable apps are easy to use because they include single sign-on, Google's universal navigation, and some even include features that integrate with your domain's data."

Yawn. More apps (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31432068)

Hype, clouds, lock-in and the anti-thesis of free-as-in-freedom software, all in one convenient bubble.

I hope this cloud bullshit ends soon. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31432320)

You're absolutely right. I really hope all of this bullshit ends soon, so we can get back to writing real applications that let people actually get stuff of value done.

Eventually, even the stupidest of managers will have to realize that the marketing idiots pushing for cloud computing and "app stores" are full of shit, and fire their sorry asses.

I never would have thought it, but it makes me yearn for the days when we wrote Java apps deployed to our own Solaris servers, and didn't have to deal with all of the stupidity involved with developing and deploying even a simple cloud app.

Re:I hope this cloud bullshit ends soon. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31433012)

The amount of aging geeks on slashdot who don't realize their situation is getting depressing. We get it grandpa, it's everyone else who's stupid because you don't get the new social trends.

Re:I hope this cloud bullshit ends soon. (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#31436064)

Rahm, is that you?

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Your search - old fart - did not return any listings.

Re:I hope this cloud bullshit ends soon. (2, Insightful)

tftp (111690) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433236)

Eventually, even the stupidest of managers will have to realize that the marketing idiots pushing for cloud computing and "app stores" are full of shit, and fire their sorry asses.

The PHBs are reading trade magazines, and as long as the propaganda of "cloud *" is going strong they won't move a finger. That would also show them for fools, if after years of push for cloud they suddenly reverse the course.

While in long term it may be better for the business to have locally deployed and executed tools, cloud stuff appeals with its instant gratification - pay a small fee, click on a URL and you are done, no need to hire a sysadmin, no need to do anything! As long as you are OK with trusting the cloud, you are doing great; not everyone needs complex, locally executed software. And if the cloud fails now and then, you deal with it as you deal with any failure. Your own servers are far more likely to fail then Google's.

it makes me yearn for the days when we wrote Java apps deployed to our own Solaris servers, and didn't have to deal with all of the stupidity involved with developing and deploying even a simple cloud app.

Hopefully someone will post a point by point comparison, to see which method requires less stupidity :-) My own software is delivered through JTAG, so I'm out of loop on this battle.

Also more predictable expenses (3, Informative)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433532)

It's not just "instant gratification." CFOs like expenses they can get their heads around. They pay a monthly bill for the lights, for the phones, for their lease. Traditional software, on the other hand, can be pretty hard to budget effectively. How many heads do you need to count for licenses? When will the new version be released, and how long should you wait to upgrade? Sun Microsystems switched to a per-employee, per-month licensing scheme for its software (based on the total size of your organization, not the number of machines that would have the software installed) and it claimed its customers were much happier with the new way of reckoning cost.

The other part of it, of course, is what you allude to. The sticker price of any on-premise software is just a small fraction of its total cost of ownership. You need the hardware to deploy it on, plus hardware to QA patches. But the real cost is in the ongoing maintenance required to keep it running, secure and up to date. With cloud services you roll those costs into the monthly fee. No more haggling the price of health insurance, vacation time, redundant employees for maintenance roles and the managers to supervise them. The quoted price is what you pay. That's appealing to a lot of business managers.

Re:Also more predictable expenses (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#31434534)

I suspect that they could be making a play for the smallish business segment(not that they'd actively turn down big ones; but that they have the greatest initial hopes there.

In a large company or organization, you can afford to hire the right people and build the right infrastructure to get handy stuff like single sign on(except for that one crap legacy app that everybody hates; but so it goes), user configurations that follow users between machines, backups that actually work, a network infrastructure that isn't a complete clusterfuck, standardized hardware and system images, and the like. Plus, over a large enough userbase, the somewhat bursty and unpredictable day-to-day IT costs can be averaged into something resembling a "TCO per capita" number that isn't a complete lie, which keeps the bean counters happy.

The smaller you get, though, the less likely that these things are true(particularly in businesses run by non techies. Your one man linux kernel development consultancy is probably Just Fine Thanks. Bob's Indy Auto Body is probably an IT disaster waiting to happen on a small scale). For a smaller outfit, having the technical expertise and infrastructure to provide the features that enterprises take for granted is hard. Having a decent admin permanently on staff is expensive overkill; but having to depend on consultants and geek squad visits is very pricey per-incident, can mean seriously uneven quality of service, and is hard to predict and budget for.

If Google can use the third party offerings to fill out the missing aspects of its Docs and Gmail offerings(payroll, accounting, any number of domain-specific software oddities), they could have a very compelling offering for a smaller business without much in-house technical expertise: Works on basically any modern computer with a browser and an internet connection, single sign on, some degree of integration between email, documents, and calendar, and a familiar interface, backups happen silently and automatically for you, all for some predictable subscription fee. Geeks with the chops to DIY, or larger outfits who can afford proper IT staff have had all this for some time, and will be harder to sway(geeks are likely to be cheap and/or afraid of Google's sinister intentions, large outfits will have legacy baggage of one sort or another); but a lot of smaller businesses have basically the same quality IT as home users(none at all, totally fucked); but with a good bit more money on the line.

Re:I hope this cloud bullshit ends soon. (1)

edumacator (910819) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433462)

My God! They've outlawed desktop applications???

It's too bad they are forcing us all with loaded guns to write cloud apps.

It's new, so it's in the news...get it...news.... It seems to me that local apps are still going fairly strong, but someone opening an online store for software downloads wouldn't really be newsworthy. If this is just a fad, then just wait it out. People will be back to local apps momentarily.

Is it just me or are people getting more and more adversarial about relatively minor things?

Re:I hope this cloud bullshit ends soon. (3, Insightful)

severoon (536737) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433692)

You guys don't get it. Apps developed for the cloud have to be infinitely scalable...if they don't scale well, the cloud provider is happy to just keep adding machines and charging you for your crappy workmanship. Google's App Engine (GAE) goes one step beyond by providing a container into which you can deploy your app, and the restrictions placed upon your app is to guarantee that it's well-behaved in terms of scalability.

For all you PHB's that read this site: this is for your benefit, not theirs, to keep your technical people from doing all the stupid things they're free to do on Amazon EC2 that costs you lots of money. And it's also why companies like RightScale can provide OTT services for EC2 and charge you...to manage a lot of the technical drudgery that goes along with doing what GAE gives you for free, provided you understand why you have to comply with the requirements of their container. (Once you understand that, you realize that even if you're developing for EC2 you should follow all the same restrictions in your development anyway, or you'll end up with runaway scaling problem.)

Re:I hope this cloud bullshit ends soon. (3, Interesting)

mrboyd (1211932) | more than 4 years ago | (#31436146)

It's not the solution for everyone but it sure is one for my 5 employees company. Google gives me an email/shared calendar/document sharing and website hosting for a ridiculously low price. We use an hosted CRM, billing and issue tracking software for a a near zero infrastructure cost and the recurring if far below what the local cisco distributor would charge us to even have 10 minute look at our setup. We wouldn't be able to afford self-hosting and maintaining a tenth of the applications we use if we had to do it in house. And most important for us at this point it works for roaming users; google app integrates well with blackberry without the need for a BES. etc.. etc..

Last week i needed to do a quick survey of our customers about a specific point and it took me all of ten minutes to set up a form using google docs; that less than the time it would have taken me to launch emacs remember the syntax for a doctype. Sure google forms sucks for anything more complex than a five bullet points questions but it beats sending excel sheet by mail.

Am I scared to have all my company information on Google's and third party servers, sure. We keep backups. I sometime wonder if it's a mistake but franckly at this point relying on Google to treat my data respectfully or relying on myself to do a decent admin works and fight off "Chinese" attack it more or less the same. The cloud is cheaper (for us).

When the company will have grown (fingers crossed) we'll re-assess the situation and most likely move things back in-house. In the mean time it's a boon for us.

TL;DR: my SMB can't afford to manage everything we use in-house. Google apps and SAAS (aka cloud) is cheaper.

More Google Control (2, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432098)

While I see the benefits of this, I can't help but see that all these things can be easily manipulated into Google "owning" the services using this. If this was Microsoft I think that everyone would be raising red flags, but Google hasn't abused the community's trust... yet. And no, I'm not really anti-Google, I use Gmail for my primary e-mail and will be getting an Android phone as soon as a decent one comes to AT&T or I get an unlocked one.

Re:More Google Control (3, Insightful)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432130)

While I see the benefits of this, I can't help but see that all these things can be easily manipulated into Google "owning" the services using this

Sure. But this is still better than Apple's ecosystem.

Re:More Google Control (1)

abigor (540274) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432172)

Apple has a web service ecosystem? That is news to me. How about a link?

This Google web app store bears no relation or similarity to the iPhone app store, just so you know.

Re:More Google Control (1)

Wovel (964431) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432284)

He was confused by the guy making the weird leap to Android above.

Re:More Google Control (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432496)

He was confused by the guy making the weird leap to Android above.

No, I was just confused. The GP got pretty testy though ... probably somebody peed in his Wheaties this morning. Interesting enough, there was a Slashdot article a few weeks ago about Apple building out some heavy-duty server farms for the express purpose of competing with Google (not in the ad space, but as far as mobile services.) I haven't read any further on the subject, since I dislike anything to do with Apple and iPhones.

Re:More Google Control (1)

abigor (540274) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432594)

Peed in my muesli is more like it! I hate it when that happens.

Re:More Google Control (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31433244)

Sorry, but I had to go REALLY badly. I didn't think you'd notice.

Re:More Google Control (2, Informative)

CaptainMordecai (1002840) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433980)

I work for one of the vendors mentioned in the summary.

Google has nothing to do with the services provided by the vendors in the marketplace aside from inviting them to participate in the first place. They certainly don't own the services or even have any control over them. We still host our product and store any data on our "own" (well our hosting partner's) infrastructure in exactly the same manner if you buy our product without enabling the Google apps integration.

Re:More Google Control (1)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 4 years ago | (#31435496)

This is seen as Google's competitors are well represented in the Google Apps Marketplace, such as Zoho.

Fuck off google (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31432120)

Take your Javascript spyware and shove it up your hole. Google is the new Microsoft, future versions of Chrome/Chrome OS will have DRM and Android already does.

Too much lock-in. (3, Interesting)

Seor Jojoba (519752) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432194)

Maybe if this was based on an open standard defining how to implement the same services on a non-Google platform, this would all be more palatable.

Re:Too much lock-in. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31432716)

Since for Java development it's basically running a Tomcat service with a JDO data store, you pretty much can implement the same services on a non-Google platform.

Re:Too much lock-in. (2, Informative)

erikdotla (609033) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432762)

There's no lock in. You can list an app and leave the whole thing as third party with no integration with Google Apps.

If I'm some random Google user and I use Gmail, Calendar, and other apps every day, and I also use Joe's Hosted Task Manager, it would be very convenient for that to be in the google apps tabs and on my google apps domain.

Re:Too much lock-in. (0, Troll)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433186)

Can you use it without logging into a Google account? Can you use it without everything you type getting into Google's hands?

Re:Too much lock-in. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31434652)

Can you look that up yourself?

Re:Too much lock-in. (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 4 years ago | (#31444694)

Yes but that wouldn't illustrate the problem that you have to hand personal information to Google to use these services, and so do your users. So that's a privacy concern. And somebody who likes Google would rather mod me a troll than have anybody think about that.

remember the motto (2, Insightful)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432234)

don't be evil.. yet.

calm yourselves (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31432698)

Jesus guys, going for blood pretty early here - it's just a hosted/cloud app store where you can list stuff, and if you want to integrate your app into Google Apps, you can, but you don't have to.

I'm really happy to see it as I don't know of many good centralized hosted app stores.

I just listed my little niche hosted small business application and paid the $100 fee gladly. Keep in mind that you can list third party hosted applications such as hosted CRM or whatever that you might specialize in, and you absolutely do not have to use the integration with Google Apps. While that's potentially a major benefit, it would take some development work to integrate that. The vendor listing process was very simple and flexible allowing me to supply all kinds of information about my hosted service that I fully control. If I get even one customer from this, it will have paid for itself 10 times over. And because it is not integrated with Google Apps tabs or whatever, I still fully control everything. It's just a yellow pages for hosted apps, so calm down already.

I do hope to work with the app developer to convince them to add this Google App integration later on but only if I can somehow determine that people aren't buying due to the lack of that feature. Based on the quality of the listing though, and the typical skill level of the target audience, I don't see this as a major issue at the moment. Just a "that would be cool" thing.

Instant Success (1)

physburn (1095481) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432920)

I wonder if, companies are paying to get listed google apps. Its almost like advertising, and likely instant success for companies that get listed. I think I'll think about moving my apps, to some google cloud, if it get freely listed for that. Some of the listing, like dimdim for example, have been appended with, whats the connection to google apps.

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My 2 cents (1)

shitzu (931108) | more than 4 years ago | (#31432938)

I think this harms open software more than Microsoft ever has.

Come to think of it - Microsoft with its money-grabbing ways did more in the way of pushing the open source movement than we would think. They provided the (although unintentionally) 87% of the incentive to go opensource.

Trusting Google (3, Insightful)

linuxguy (98493) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433160)

I don't have too much trouble trusting Google. They haven't done anything yet that would make me lose that trust. They have a lot riding on maintaining that trust with their users. I have more of a problem trusting the smaller companies (app developers) with my data. They don't depend on my trust as much.

Re:Trusting Google (1)

1 inch punch (319701) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433518)

Two words: Google Buzz.

Re:Trusting Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31436664)

How does it go?
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity
or various versions thereof.

Everything I've seen google do that is bad I can simply attribute to stupidity or incompetence. They have not done anything that I can only attribute to malice.
Screwing up I can accept and in a large organization there are a lot of everyones with just that opportunity.
Even company malice is often screwing up in that the organization should noy have allowed the malicious individual to act in such a fashion.
However there are large companies which act maliciously against their competitors and even sometimes against their customers. Usually their activity doesn't rise to the level of malice, instead their damaged corporate culture consistently lies through misdirection and fabrication with malice only happening ocassionally.
I haven't seen google do that either.

Re:Trusting Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31433732)

I have huge problems with Google - being a relative newbie to the network side of things, setting up dual delivery for Google Apps was a bloody nightmare - $50 a user, and they can't even offer live tech support in Australia. You'd think with their buying power they'd be able to reroute calls overseas. Instead, I have to wait 3-4 days for a response on their forums when I've got a business to run.

Neophyre

Yeah, I hear people loved Buzz. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31436212)

Really crafty....

Where's the Microsoft Store? (1)

tjstork (137384) | more than 4 years ago | (#31433280)

And, as we role along, Microsoft has actually booted, I think, ISVs from its own Windows store, so now, there's just Microsoft selling a Microsoft stuff, and, a bunch of shareware sites with varying degrees of reputation. I think, in the long run, not having a good store is really damaging the market for Windows software. While Google and Apple get it, Microsoft seems not to.

anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31434560)

has anyone told this limey bloak to go fark himself yet?

Free /. advice on a project that could potentially benefit him financially?!?

Go get a consultant. Hire someone.

A touch old-fashioned, perhaps... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#31434676)

...but I'd rather keep my data and the applications I need to manipulate it on my own machine, under my own control. Even in the absence of sheer blackmail, what happens to your work when some patent/copyright troll finds a way to sue the supplier, and demands that the program you've been using be made unavailable until the case is decided?

Re:A touch old-fashioned, perhaps... (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31436042)

but I'd rather keep my data and the applications I need to manipulate it on my own machine, under my own control.

and then:

hyades1@hotmail.com>

Need I say any more?

Re:A touch old-fashioned, perhaps... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458340)

LOL. Good line. I don't for one minute believe you're dumb enough to think that's my major e-mail addie. I use Thunderbird, by the way, for the stuff that matters...and is on my own machine.

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