"Getting these two products together makes sense for both of us. If you want to have a good corporate search product, you have to have desktop search."Google wins IBM's endorsement among corporate technical managers for its desktop search product and IBM gives corporate information workers an already popular entry point into back-office databases through Google's search. Searchable data ranges from e-mail to computer files to blog postings to corporate repositories of data, images, audio or video. Much of this is not available using public Web search tools. It is hard to reach inside a company except by trawling through many different programs.
"There is a lot of information that passively sits inside an enterprise. Our intention is to provide more of an active service that gives a single view of all that information."No money is changing hands in this loose partnership by the world's biggest computer company and the leader in Web search. But coming just weeks after a software and research pact by Google and Sun Microsystems Inc., the new deal with IBM enlists another potential ally as Google increasingly faces off with rival Microsoft Corp. on PC desktops. Prial downplayed any grand strategy in IBM's dealings with Google, but said it was part of a broader push IBM calls information as a service, which the computer company plans to make more explicit over the coming months. Users of IBM's WebSphere integration software would have access to information stored inside rival business databases and content management systems, not just those from IBM. IBM customers can use the Google-IBM search combination by buying IBM products and services and building their own in-house system or rely on IBM to create a pre-packaged system, tailored to the company's industry. Mountain View, California-based Google eschews big, formal alliances with corporate technology suppliers like IBM. That's been the traditional route less-established software suppliers have used to win corporate acceptance of their products. Google's strategy is rather to use its popularity with consumers at home to slip into offices by relying on the actions of millions of employees to each download its tools. IBM partners with Google on information service - IBM, Google Team on Search - Computer Partner - TechWhack - Earthtimes.org - CMPnetAsia