By Michael Olson | Posted on March 11, 2010
This week Google announced the launch of the Google Apps Marketplace, its online storefront for third-party cloud applications which are integrated with Google Apps. This is exciting news for anyone who is interested in gaining wider access to business applications in the cloud.
Applications in the Google Apps Marketplace are integrated with a user’s existing Google Apps account through OpenID. This eliminates any burden on the user to create and maintain different logins and passwords for each business application.
JanRain’s open source PHP and Ruby libraries and RPX solution played a key role in enabling many of the businesses launching applications in the Marketplace. One JanRain RPX customer and Google Apps Marketplace launch partner is Get Satisfaction – the provider of a social CRM platform used on over 30,000 websites today, including Zappos.com, Microsoft, Nike, Mint, Tide and Yola. According to Thor Muller, CTO of Get Satisfaction, “Our existing integration with RPX dramatically reduced the time and effort to connect our application to the Google Apps Marketplace. It made the whole process painless.”
Google was one of the first providers supported by JanRain’s RPX, our turnkey hosted solution for third party authentication and social publishing.
“We are happy to see JanRain’s RPX solution and their open source PHP and Ruby libraries help developers integrate their cloud applications with Google Apps,” said Scott McMullan, Google Apps Partner Lead for Google Enterprise. “One of our goals is to make it easier for developers to participate in the Marketplace, and JanRain is helping us achieve that goal.”
We look forward to continuing to work with Google and enabling more SaaS vendors to participate in the Google Apps Marketplace through the use of RPX or our open source OpenID Libraries.
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