Apple vs Google: Tale of the tape

Apple and Google are moving into each other's markets - but who will come out ahead?

To run companies of this size you need good management, but the two sides have very clear differences in style.

Apple has the monolithic figure of Steve Jobs heading the show, and it really is a show when it comes to him. He may have had to take some time out due to illness, but he was back on form for Apple's latest announcements. Whilst the products themselves are all singing and dancing and the lights and videos flash before your eyes, the focus is always very much around the black turtle necked figurehead.

Yet questions around his health and possibilities of him taking more of a back seat at the company have led to fluctuations in stock prices as more and more he isn't just the chief executive but the personification of all the company is.

Google doesn't have quite the same flagship style with its management. Instead the two co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, work together with a third, the chief executive Eric Schmidt. Obviously the founders were the tech boys who developed the site from scratch but as it became a solid business from a research project they need the corporate expertise of Schmidt who had worked for the likes of Sun Microsystems and Novell.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

There may be more excitement in the way Jobs handles his troops but there is also a lot more uncertainty - if he retires or faces new health challenges, Apple investors will get nervous. Google's strong structure and three way leadership definitely makes it the strongest in this area for the long term.

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/policy-legislation/data-governance/354496/brexit-security-talks-under-threat-after-uk-accused-of
data governance

Brexit security talks under threat after UK accused of illegally copying Schengen data

10 Jan 2020
Visit/security/cyber-security/354468/if-not-passwords-then-what
cyber security

If not passwords then what?

8 Jan 2020
Visit/policy-legislation/31772/gdpr-and-brexit-how-will-one-affect-the-other
Policy & legislation

GDPR and Brexit: How will one affect the other?

9 Jan 2020
Visit/web-browser/30394/what-is-http-error-503-and-how-do-you-fix-it
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020