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Google's plan to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion is a game changer that puts the search giant on enterprise radar like never before. The deal is expected to close at the end of 2011 or early 2012, pending regulatory approval. Now's the time to get up to speed on what Google has been doing in recent years. The company, which started out as a search firm trying to make it big in against giants, is now a giant itself. The company operates in a slew of industries, including advertising, mobile software and platforms, online services and even enterprise solutions. In many ways, thought, due mainly to the fact that it has little corporate appeal, Google remains an unknown entity for many CIOs. However, as the firm continues to grow and change, it might see its corporate appeal grow. With that in mind, here are 10 key things that every CIO should know about Google.

This article was originally published on 08-19-2011
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