Small businesses needing some information-technology (IT) help just got a big boost from a partnership between two tech giants — Google and HP.
The partnership will combine Google Apps for Business with small business technologies, including computers and printers from HP. Google says that currently, 5 million businesses utilize Google apps, which include Gmail, IM, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides.
The partnership between the two companies, called HP SMB IT in a Box, is being billed as a "one-stop shop" for small and medium-size businesses. The first products that integrate HP hardware with the functionality of Google Apps for Business are expected to ship in July.
"HP recognizes the constantly evolving needs of small and medium-sized business customers in today's dynamic business environment," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager of consumer PCs and solutions at HP. "Together with HP's channel partners, we will offer our customers an incredible bundle of PCs, printers and Google Apps for Business, enabling business owners to focus on their customers instead of worrying about IT."
The companies claim the partnership will be able to reduce small businesses’ operating costs and infrastructure requirements because the programs will run in the cloud. Additionally, Google and HP say the functionality of Google Apps and HP hardware can also help improve worker productivity and workflow.
"By moving to the cloud and helping employees work the way they live, small and medium-sized businesses can serve their customers better — and save money in the process," said Amit Singh, president of Google Enterprise. "We couldn’t be more excited to have HP join the Google Apps Reseller Program and bring their decades of experience to helping small and medium-sized businesses thrive in the cloud. We look forward to working closely with HP moving forward to help businesses make the most of technology."