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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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4 responses to “Please Don’t Gild the Lily”

  1. Ben of AusMedWeb

    Doesn’t the original press release refer to adoption of Google Apps (ie not just email): “Fronde CEO Ian Clarke said Fronde was excited about Postal Service’s decision to adopt Google Apps, Security and Compliance and Web Filtering.

    Google Apps is more than just Gmail eg instant messaging, Google Sites (wiki), Google Docs. I use it for all these things and yes it does increase collaboration beyond email.

    Am I missing something?

  2. Ben Kepes

    @Ben… apps, s&c and filtering are all core infrasturctural services in my book. I don’t believe they’re deloying sites or docs at this point and hence it is primarily an email deployment.

    I am led to believe that they’ll actually give up their outlook installs but it remains to be seen whether they end up using another desktop client or the gmail web interface….

  3. Justin Flitter

    Ben
    The consideration for this post was due to the notion that MORE than gmail was going to be deployed into an organization of some significance.
    More than that I was impressed to hear about a large company instigating such a strategy and believe the benefits of their philosophy will contribute to a better workplace culture.
    I acknowledge your comments though and appreciate what you have to say :)

  4. Ben Kepes

    @Justin – yup appreciate your comments and hope that my criticism will be taken in the way it’s intended – that is purely constructively

    Zen and all…..