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Posted by Clarence Villanueva on May 13, 2011
On Wednesday, Google released an interesting laptop option for corporate IT. The Chromebook. For $28-$33/month (depending on the laptop model and features), you can access web-based applications through a Samsung or Acer model.
I know what some people are thinking. "Wow! $28/month for a corporate laptop?!?" Hold on, now. Even if large companies are attracted to the possible capital investment advantages, the $28/month may cost significantly more than that. I think sourcing professionals really need to investigate the economic scenarios to help build the TCO. From a large enterprise sourcing perspective, here are a few of my thoughts:
It's still early, and when it's released, I'll make sure to read through more of the amended details in the Google enterprise contracts. I expect more details to emerge between now and June 15.
Are you thinking about running a pilot program? If you are, please share your thoughts or reach out to me directly, as I'll be keeping a watchful eye on this development.
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