Sherpa Bolsters Google's Enterprise Apps for Mobile IT
Google is expanding its role in the enterprise apps sector with the help of third-party developers and resellers. SherpaTools is a Google Apps reseller that also offers mobile IT managers customization options not available from the Internet company. Google hopes to become a major player in the enterprise space with its cloud-based Google Apps suite. But to do that, it's looking to third-party developers and resellers to help flesh out its offering and distribution. With SherpaTools, it gets both. The company is a Google Apps reseller as well as a developer offering IT management features and customization companies can't get from the search giant. SherpaTools's founders have experience as VARs in the traditional IT space working with products such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange that compete with Google Apps. "When we started the company a few years ago, we saw that the cloud was going to fundamentally change the way the channel and IT worked," Michael Cohn, co-founder and CEO of SherpaTools, told InternetNews.com. "Everything is much easier and streamlined in what's been called Channel 2.0 because you're not moving big iron around and developers don't have the huge startup costs they used to."