Genentech is a large biotech pharmaceutical company in San Francisco and the the largest company to subscribe to the web based “cloud” imageproducts from Google, however Google is not able to offer a 100% solution and departments will be able to choose between using some of the traditional products from Microsoft.  

With the cloud, everyone has their own personal preferences and I have chosen Microsoft for my “cloud” operations, using their Office for Small Business which also give me the choice to work with the cloud with my desktop software so I have what I feel the best of both worlds, but my operation is tiny compared to a company the size of Genentech using cloud services.

So instead of investing in local server hardware, the collaboration efforts will now be handled from the cloud.  Interesting comments from Larry Ellison of Oracle on the concept below as well, who does not appear to think there is a lot of money in cloud computing and he may be right there as far as generating income, but the overall client is the one who can save money versus the staff and hardware maintained locally.

In other recent Genentech news a dear health care provider was recently released regarding Avastin.  Roche is still up in the air as far as the overall purchase of Genentech as well due to financial considerations.  Genentech is also widely known for their research and drugs in the oncology area.image BD

Todd Pierce recently put his job on the line. To meet the computing needs of 16,300 employees and contractors at Genentech Inc., Pierce took a chance and decided not to rely entirely on business software from Microsoft, IBM or another long-established supplier that would have let Genentech own the technology. Instead, Pierce decided to rent these indispensable products from Google Inc. The Internet search and advertising leader will run Genentech's e-mail, as well as some word processing, spreadsheet and calendar applications, and it will do it over an online connection - an unconventional approach called "cloud computing." The decision has turned Genentech, a biotechnology pioneer, into a lab rat for Google and other alternative software services trying to convince skeptical corporate decision makers that cloud computing is more than a pie-in-the-sky concept.

Even Genentech, the biggest U.S. company to buy Google's applications package so far, isn't ready to abandon Microsoft entirely. It's still licensing Microsoft programs like Word for writing documents and Excel for creating spreadsheets.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison doubts cloud computing will ever produce big enough profits to finance the hefty investments required to develop products sophisticated enough to satisfy major companies.  It's ludicrous (to think) that cloud computing is taking over the world," Ellison said during Oracle's annual shareholders meeting in October.  The dismissive remarks were striking given that Ellison was an early investor in Salesforce and even sat on the company's board before getting into a rift with Benioff. What's more, Ellison is the majority owner of NetSuite, with a 53 percent stake in the company.

Cloud computing looms larger on corporate horizon


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