And then Tom Enders chose Google Suite…
On March 14th, Tom Enders announced the decision to deploy Google Suite as a digital transformation replacement of the Microsoft Tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Sharepoint…). This announcement has raised many comments from the employees, in particular on the Hub. It also came as a surprise for the staff representatives, who had even not been informed of this “strategic choice” for the Company that will “transform our working processes”.
The project should have been the subject of a Consultation to the Unions Representative Bodies before any decision is made
After the chaotic deployment of Pulse, the Management persists by imposing a choice of tool in the most complete opacity. If CFDT agrees that it is essential to develop regularly our working tools, we have reservations on the method. With regard to the considerable impacts of such a project, it is necessary to associate, from the phases of evaluation and selection, representatives of the various businesses and functions. The final choice must be made in the transparency and on the basis of clear and objective criteria, without hidden agenda.
Isn’t it a paradox to announce a unilateral decision standing out to all, even though the objective is to go « towards a really collaborative company »?
By announcing without more explanation a deployment of Google Suite tools starting from April and over a period of only 18 months, we cannot say that this project begins under the best auspices
To date, very numerous questions arise, to which we would like Management to bring clear and precise answers on:
- What elements led Management to choose the Google solution rather than Microsoft (Office365, in test in certain functions)?
- Which guarantees did Management obtain from Google on the security of the company (RH, Finance,Strategy, R*T, etc.), including data from our partners and private data of put on payroll? Where will this data be stored?
- How will the numerous specific business tools developed through Microsoft, in the first place of which Excel and its macro be managed? Will they be migrated? Any calendar? With which budgets? What impact on the business?
- Will it be possible to use the Microsoft tools? For how long ?
- What trainings will be deployed? Have the training and migration cost of the specific tools be integrated in an objective manner?
Beyond these technical questions, we have a number of concerns of moral and strategic order:
- What trust can we have in a Company like Google, sentenced in 2017 to a record 2.42 billion euro fine by the European Commission for abuse of dominant position?
- Is it ethical to contract with such a Company, obviously playing with the regulations to avoid contributing to the corporate tax corresponding to its commercial activities in Europe?
- What is the interest for Google, of which almost all of the business arises from the on-line publicity, to penetrate the market of the industrial major players like Airbus? Is it not risky to entrust all our industrial data to a group which aspires to develop services on the borders of our product portfolio: autonomous vehicles, mapping(cartography) of the globe, global access to internet, etc.?
- Let us remind you that Google was also punished by the CNIL for its policy of data privacy not in compliance with data protection acts.
These questions require clear and precise answers. The stake for the group must not be underestimated and we look forward to the explanations of this choice which Tom Enders considers as « strategic ». Would an industrial partnership be envisaged with Google? Is a corner of the veil finally going to get up on the strategy of the group?
Management will finally consult the European Committee (SEWC). The elected representatives must take the opportunity of this late consultation to launch an expertise of the project and analyze its consequences for the Group and its employees!