Global HQ: Mountain View, California, US Website: www.google.com
Global leader: Eric Schmidt, CEO and chairman
Local leader: Karim Temsamani, managing director, ANZ
Core activity: Web-based search products, online advertising and marketing, online communication and collaboration tools
Revenue: US$26.2 billion (FY2009-10, ended June 30)
Key customers: Organisations using its software as a service
Google has continued its rapid pace of innovation in the past 12 months, unveiling a major search redesign, a new web indexing system called Caffeine, Google Apps for Government in the US, and the soon-to-be-released Google TV. Google’s Chrome browser exceeded 70 million users globally this year. Android remains a key business focus, with 200,000 plus Android-powered devices activated each day. In 2010 Google also completed the purchase of mobile display ad technology provider Admob and video compression company On2 Technologies. Google has also been busy touting the benefits of cloud computing with its ‘Go Google cloud calculator’, designed to provide enterprises with a better understanding of how cloud computing would work for them. Stuart Finlayson
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