Google Apps: Doing More With Less

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I swear Google with its rapid release of applications is moving to be the next Microsoft.  In it’s march to take over the online world a couple of years ago the company built upon it’s email service, GMail adding Google Calendar, Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites into an office application suite that Microsoft’s software-based model simply cannot compete with.

In addition to domain-branded email (yourname@yourcompany.com), in under an hour a small business can deploy word processing, spreadsheet creation, powerpoint-style presentations and website creation for corporate Intranets or related use all at no cost. That’s right, for free you can enable a global organization of up to 100 employees, contractors, business partners with just about every electronic office tool they will need to contribute to your organization’s output.  Create templated company communications, collaborate on documents in real time, remotely update projects and more from any connected PC. Did I say you don’t have to worry about software upgrades? 

Google Apps Quick Tour

My virtual office is powered by Google Apps and I push my web clients to consider this very powerful toolset.  Just curious, how are you using Google Apps?

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5 Responses to “Google Apps: Doing More With Less”

  1. JV Says:

    I’m a user (and big fan) of Google Apps. For a small/new business, how can you NOT consider it? IMHO, the Premier Edition (at $50/year/user) is a no-brainer.

    For those who need more convincing, Google has authored several whitepapers and online videos that describe how companies, both large and small, can benefit from using the suite of Google Apps. Titles include Curbing Costs with Google Apps and Google Apps: Quick Tour.

  2. John Easton Says:

    JV:

    You are so right. I suggest to all of my website development clients that they consider the application suite. Where else can you have an entire organization up an running with collaborative tools like these at no cost and with no IT staff?

    John

  3. JV Says:

    It will take time to work out all the kinks — Google has gotten dinged recently (and rightfully so) for downtime with Google Apps — but cloud computing and SaS is here to stay. Look at all the Fortune 500 companies using Salesforce.com …

  4. Felicia Watlington Says:

    Scuse my ignorance – but what is “cloud” computing and SaS

  5. John Easton Says:

    Felicia:

    Here is a Wikipedia definition of Cloud Computing. It is a style of computing where IT-related capabilities are provided “as a service”, allowing users to access technology-enabled services “in an Internet cloud” without knowledge of, expertise with, or control over the technology infrastructure that supports them.

    Basically, it refers to accessing hosted technical services vs. owning the infrastructure (software/hardware) in house.

    John

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