Specsavers deploys Google Apps, loves cloud


blog Optometry chain Specsavers has deployed Google Apps to its Australian staff and hopes to continue moving almost everything else into the fluffy happy land of cloud computing, the company’s Asia-Pacific IT director Simon Baxter has told iTNews on the sidelines of the CIO Strategy Summit the week before last. Click here for the full article — and check out the video interview with Baxter below.

Google Apps appears to be developing something of a positive adoption trend amongst major Australian organisations. Earlier in August, for example, Google revealed Google Apps had been deployed to some 330,000 students, teachers and administrative staff at Catholic schools across Australia, in one of the largest local known rollouts of the platform so far. The news of CEnet’s deployment comes just weeks after media giant Fairfax announced plans to ditch Microsoft’s Office and Exchange platforms for most of its 11,000-odd staff, with the company to become one of the largest known Australian organisations to shift onto Google’s Apps platform for both email and office productivity software.

The news represented the first switch to Google Apps by a major Australian organisation announced this year. Although it announced a swag of sizable new Apps customers throughout 2010 and some in 2011, such as real estate agency Ray White, travel booking service Flight Centre, packaging company Visy and airline Jetstar, Google had not this year revealed any new major wins, with many in the IT industry believing that the momentum in the office productivity sector had swung back to Microsoft, with its ubiquitous Office and Exchange ecosystem. It appears that belief may have been premature.


  1. Does anyone know what OS they use? Optometrists tend to be a little weird when it comes to computers. OPSM uses Linux on the desktop and another one used G4 Sunflowers (a while ago). The Specsavers computers don’t look like Windows so I’m interested what they are!

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