Genentech a believer in Google online sharing apps

Simplicity is the reason that Genentech CIO Todd Pierce is a fan of Google's online document and spreadsheet software. Other sharing technologies "add another layer of complexity," he says in InformationWeek. Users have to access the application, log in, and check documents in and out.

Genentech has seven document-management platforms, some supporting regulatory requirements, of course. But for non-regulatory work, he sees a trend: More than half of the 13,000 employees use Google Docs every week. All use Google Calendar, and about one-third use Gmail.

All employees also have access to Microsoft Office, the article says. But they are "going to the tools that are beneficial."

Pierce says also that it's a "mistake" when IT decision-makers let security and privacy concerns prevent them from adopting Google software.

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