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Enterprise who? Google says little about Apps, business cloud services in Q1 report

Juan Carlos Perez | April 21, 2014
Google did little during its first-quarter earnings report to shush critics who say its Enterprise unit is a second-class citizen in its kingdom.

A financial analyst asked during the call which products from the Other category had underperformed, but Google executives declined to say, stating that the company doesn't break out the category's revenue into segments and reiterating their satisfaction with Google Play sales.

At another point in the call, Nikesh Arora, Google's chief business officer, addressed the Enterprise unit and said that the company continued to see "strong product adoption around the globe" and that it's "investing significantly" in its cloud platform, for which it forecasts "continued momentum." As for Apps, "every day" more customers sign up for the suite, he said. He didn't cite any sales figures, revenue growth percentages or profit/loss numbers. There was also no mention at all of Chromebooks.

Later on, another analyst asked what Google's plan was to differentiate its enterprise cloud offerings, and Arora said the company is in no hurry to do so because the market is in its "very early days" and the opportunity is plentiful for what he termed a few viable vendors.

"There's a lot of room for all of us to have a great time for many, many, many years before we start worrying about differentiation and why my sort of thing is better than yours," Arora said.

"I don't think the challenge right now is the need to differentiate. I think our biggest differentiator is we have the most experience in the space," he added.

Reached via email, a Google spokesman declined to provide more information about the Enterprise unit's performance during the quarter.

 

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