In the largest deal Google has signed to date for its web-based Google App collaboration and communication software, BBVA has committed to providing the apps to 110,000 employees. The migration is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

"At BBVA we see technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage, and staying at the forefront of technology and business practices is key to our success," said José Olalla, CIO at BBVA, in a blog posted today. "Today we've announced that we're migrating our business to Google Apps to increase efficiency and to help our teams to collaborate more easily, regardless of location."

More than 35,000 BBVA workers in Spain will initially use productivity tools in the Google Apps suite including Gmail with Google Chat, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Groups, Google Sites and Google Video. By the end of 2012, BBVA expects to migrate employees in over 26 countries to Google Apps.

"We were looking for a technology that would transform our business operations, not just make our workers more efficient," Olalla says. "Integrating the Google Apps for Business suite with our own tools will allow us to introduce a new way of working where employees have access to all the information they need with just one click, no matter where they are, and can reap the benefits of using advanced collaboration tools."

The bank hopes the use of Google Talk, Google Sites and Google Docs will let employees communicate and share ideas more easily.

"With Google Docs, for example, we're excited about the real-time collaboration benefits — and we expect to increase productivity by removing the need to constantly update different versions of a document," Olalla says. "We are developing our new global intranet (we call it High Performance Desktop) taking advantage of Google's collaboration tools, changing it from a corporate communications and process management site to a place where all employees will be able to share, contribute and manage knowledge globally."

This article first appeared in Bank Technology News.

 

 

 

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