The ‘Lab is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary. I plan to blog something more formal closer to the date, but this post about Salesforce.com integrating with Google Apps reminded me of why I am on the team at all.
Back in late 2006, I had just moved into Jesper’s strategy organization from development, and I was attending a bootcamp for new strategists at HQ. Bonus points if you know who organized the bootcamp (read to the end of the post for the answer). Jesper welcomed us to strategy and offered that he would love to hear from us. You know, the “send me an email anytime” speech.
I took that literally and proceeded to spam his inbox with questions about our strategy with respect to Google and their new (at the time) productivity suite, i.e. Google Docs. He answered politely, which was very nice, and I kept on pinging him, extending the discussion. Eventually, he went silent because I guess there were other, more pressing issues on his plate. I know, duh.
I figured he had written me off as a nut, until I get a note from him via my manager at the time early last year. Apparently, he wants to talk with me about something. Aside from the feeling that I was getting called to the principal’s office, it sounded intriguing. So, he pitched me on this new team focused on innovation in Apps, small, nimble working on leading edge stuff.
Sweet. And so, I ended up here because of Google Apps, for the most part. Some of you may also remember my very first post was about how Google would (eventually) buy Salesforce.com. I still firmly believe sfdc will be acquired, and I still handicap Google as a top candidate.
These days, anytime you talk about delivering an application online, Google is the 800-pound gorilla. The Zoho People launch this week shows how tightly productivity tools are tied to enterprise applications. Google has productivity Apps, and adding a hosted CRM application to their suite is a natural progression. Personally, I doubt it will end there, eventually leading Google into the enterprise applications space with a hosted suite.
Anyway, it struck me as serendipity to see how things have come full circle in just about a year.
So, now for the bonus question. Some dude named Paul Pedrazzi organized the strategy bootcamp I attended in November 2006. I wonder where he is now.