Wow this is a big story, how often do you hear about the US Government being sued by a corporation. Well Google seems to think that it is necessary to prove their point.
Google is suing the Government because they believe that they did not fully evaluate Google Apps when choosing a new web-based document system. The Government had stated that it need the system to be a part of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Suite. Now since Google isn’t Microsoft, they really did not stand a chance in hell. Google’s complaint was as follows:
“Significantly, the SOW (statement of work) and even certain terminology were closely aligned with Microsoft’s product literature for its Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Communications Online applications. This was because the DOI had defined its needs and requirements around the Microsoft products,”
Google had tried repeatedly to explain how its system would work and function to satisfy the Governments needs to no avail. Google believe that the government is blocking their right to compete fairly. Today Google made the following statement in response to the current lawsuit.
“Google is a proponent of open competition on the Internet and in the technology sector in general. Here, a fair and open process could save US taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and result in better services. We’re asking the Department of Interior to allow for a true competition when selecting its technology providers.”
This will no doubt be an interesting suit to follow. Full lawsuit below.