Spain’s second-largest
lender BBVA has become the biggest firm to date to sign up to use
Google’s range of enterprise software and cloud-based computing

The deal applies to all
of BBVA’s 110,000 employees around the world.

In future, BBVA
employees will use Google applications including email, calendar,
docs, chat, video conferencing and other collaboration

According to BBVA,
partnering with Google will boost cultural change, increase
productivity and drive innovation.

José Olalla, CIO at BBVA

“We were looking for a
technology that would transform our business operations – not just
make our workers more efficient.  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

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Sebastián Marotte, vice
president of Google Enterprise EMEA, said:

“It means a lot to us
that BBVA, one of the largest financial institutions in the world,
has decided to migrate to Google Apps.  It shows that cloud
computing is now a reality – and   leading organisations are
already realising its potential to transform their

The deal applies only to
the bank’s internal communication.

Google has claimed that
use of its Enterprise apps in Europe can generate savings for its
corporate customers of over 50%.