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One user's path to a Chromebook enterprise

Patrick Thibodeau | April 10, 2014
Auberge Resorts exec explains the logic, tools and issues involved in shift to Chrome OS and Google Apps for Business

For security on Google Drive, IT adopted CloudLock, which can show how documents are being shared and who has had access to them. It also scans documents for things like Social Security numbers, and then takes action if policies aren't followed.

Another tool is Backupify. One problem with Google Apps is user deletion; if a user deletes a file Google will hold the deleted file for 30 days. Backupify will have a copy.

Chromebooks are being deployed by the hotelier as upgrades to Windows machines. Dickson expects a Chromebook rollout to occur over some time and, except for a few machines running applications such as Adobe's Creative Cloud, he expects a complete transition.

The decision to move to completely to Chrome OS was helped by improvements in Google Drive, he said.

In terms of Chromebook hardware, Dickson said he would like to see more laptops designed for business users, but perhaps not as pricy as Google's high-end Pixel model. When in the office, Chromebook users at his enterprise connect to desktop monitors.

For Dickson, the Chrome OS is a near "read only OS" that eliminates vulnerabilities and helps centralize management.

The company will eventually migrate away from legacy apps that now require a terminal-server approach, and while the environment may be mostly cloud, Auberge may run it in a private cloud.

"I strongly believe that the platform of tomorrow is HTML5 and the evolution of the web rather than building applications to a specific OS," said Dickson.

Operating systems, he added, "are becoming obsolete. As more vendors realize the future, the pain points will slowly diminish".


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