re: Google's Amit Singh To Talk Enterprise Focus At E2
Google's brain trust is really good at coming up with new ideas and ways of thinking (Google Labs) outside the box. However, the culture there has never made it out of the perpetual "startup mode". This is why I don't think they really have the chops to do Enterprise right. That would mean not just equaling Microsoft, IBM, etc. but actually exceeding them in every way. Google is all about API's, languages, and third party efforts to bolt things on to an ever shifting core. That's not a sound strategy on which to build a long term platform to support Enterprise needs. And, they completely lack a competitive comprehensive management tool and application package to support a serious Enterprise endeavor.
The mainstay of Enterprise vendors actually listen to their customers and give them products and tools they can use. And they give them confidence that they will still be around a year, two, or more from now (Roadmap). Google has yet to humble themselves and do the same.