Google Apps benefits, cost reduction
- Google Apps is one of the most developed SaaS ( Software as a Service ) & IaaS ( Infrastructure as a Service ) offerings in the word which allows you to manage your business not your email server or data base server. $
Eliminating server hardware, software and backup applications. $
- Eliminating capital expenditures. $
- Minimizing start-up/setup costs. $
- Reducing operating expenses. $
- Eliminating maintenance and patching. $
- Eliminating the need for onsite or on-call server expertise. $
- Gaining automatic offsite backup. $
- Improving remote access and disaster recovery/business. continuity capabilities. $
- Achieving desktop platform independence. $
- Reducing service requirements to having an Internet connection and a Web browser. $
- No worry about managing complex IT infrastructure, hardware, or software.
- Getting the applications that you need for your business as a service (like a utility). $
- Mobilizing, empowering and energizing company's IT resources and talents to assist business process by innovating. rather than day to day
repetitive maintenance an support tasks. $
- Unified communications: Get email, calendar, IM, voice and video chat. All thereal-time collaboration tools are included free with Google Apps.
- Easy, efficient and useful Email: Easy to use and deploy email solutions with less spam, 25GB space and built-in Google search are some of the features that employees enjoy. Access email from anywhere and choose the interface your employees want: Gmail, Outlook®, or BlackBerry®$ GB for email is 50 times more storage than the industry average.
- Low Training investment: Your employees get tools with the familiar, easy-to-use Gmail user interface, helping you cut training costs and ongoing support. $
- Get better reliability than on-premises solutions, with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. $
- Data can remain on Google's infrastructure, rather than on unsecured devices. $
- With premier edition of Google Apps get added email security and archiving services, powered by Postini. $
- Manage your business, not your mail server: Google Apps gives your company solutions that are globally scalablewith world-class security.
- Stay current (updated to latest version) in the cloud and there will be no more maintenance, upgrades, or patches. Your IT department can focus on innovation and cost reduction rather than on maintenance, upgrades, and network protection.
- Google with its world class secure data centers give 99.9% uptime.reliability guarantee with synchronous replication. $
- Mounting costs pressures, outdated end user applications, and IT productivity concerns are some of the reasons that IT decision makers switch from other enterprise mail systems to Google Apps for their businesses. Google Apps delivers lower costs, user satisfaction, and cloud infrastructure benefits. $
- According to a leading research firm - Google Apps is as little as 1/3 the total cost of competing solutions. $
- Take advantage of Google continuous innovation , R/D with little or no cost. $
- Global and Enterprise-class service with no cost. $
- Get control of spam – Advanced filters keep spam from your inbox so you can focus on messages that matter. $
- Keep a corporate record of all email – Administrators can search and recover corporate email with Email Archiving. archiving can be extended to fit your regulatory needs in very short time.$
- Prevent data leaks - Create custom inbound and outbound policies to keep sensitive information safe with Email Security. and Email Encryption. $
- Find old messages instantly – Google search technology is built in, so you can find emails and instant message conversations quickly.. Undo recently sent messages and priority email hierarchy, saving you valuable time.$
- Reducing or eliminating traditional boring repetitive maintenance and support assigned to IT staff tasks and transforming to most valuable member of business team to solve business problem and innovate using the multimillionaire dollar Google IT platform in their finger tip .$
- Never buy software is what is referred to in IT lingo as Cloud Computing or Software As Service. You don't need to buy and install servers and software to run your business anymore. All you need is to rent the software that you need and pay based on your usage just like electricity. .$
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Google is at the forefront of the technology revolution that is reshaping the landscape of how business is conducted worldwide. They are leading the paradigm shift from traditional business and computer practices to new methods that embrace and integrate online, mobile, and social networking strategies.
As you already know, the Google Apps platform is a powerful, cost-effective, web-based, easy-to-use, customizable suite of office automation tools and services that can be branded under your company’s domain name and accessed from anywhere in the world. Using Google Apps you will be able to immediately transform your business and save money, improve staff productivity/efficiency, quickly expand your presence on the net, and organically grow your business, without spending a fortune to do it.
The Google Apps platform and Google’s integrated advertising/marketing tools provide savvy businesses with true multichannel marketing capabilities, business intelligence, sales and operations automation, and on demand workforce availability via Crowd-sourcing.
Now that you’ve seen the technological light and the power of the Google Apps platform, let’s look at some of the potential benefits to your business.
Benefits: Cost Savings/Ease of Use/Training/Productivity
The main benefits of the Google Apps platform come in the form of IT cost savings and increased workforce productivity. The platform uses the same multi-billion dollar IT infrastructure Google uses to run its’ business, so you get all the technology benefits without having to pay for it. In effect, Google’s infrastructure becomes your company’s infrastructure. You get the utility of the platform/infrastructure without the IT support hassles and overhead costs associated with ownership.
So, what does the Google Apps platform cost? How does $50 per year/per user sound? Compare that to the cost of Microsoft’s BPOS offering and the savings can be astronomical. On average, a small business with 15-20 employees can save $$,$$$ per year on core office automation tools and IT overhead costs.
From an IT perspective, the design of the platform promotes spend management across the IT cost spectrum. Savings opportunities include retirement of IT infrastructure and the associated support contracts, significantly reduced license fees and support staff costs, reduction in travel expenses, and lower telecom costs.
From an end-user perspective, since Google Apps is web-based, it is platform independent, easy-to-use, and easy-to-adjust to whether you prefer a Mac or a Windows-based computer. Training costs are minimal because the Google Docs applications function very similarly to their Microsoft Office counterparts. If you are familiar with Microsoft Office, you will immediately be productive using Google Docs. The web-basis facilitates real-time interactive training and collaboration via VOIP, video, and chat, so it helps you quickly work smarter, not harder. You can literally work with someone halfway around the world in the same way you would as if that person were sitting right next to you.
Benefits: Visibility/Advertising & Marketing / Administration & Control / Continuity
Now let’s look at things from an overall business perspective. Overnight, your business can exponentially improve visibility on the net. Your business can easily take advantage of the new advertising and marketing capabilities provided by the social media integration capabilities built into the platform. You can rapidly create and deploy highly targeted, cost-effective campaigns without the costs of traditional advertising and marketing. Web analytics are built-in to help fine tune your site to increase visibility, traffic, and usability, plus you get 24/7 support. The Google Translator extends your reach internationally by facilitating language translation of content to target countries. You even get a personalized YouTube channel for your company. The Google platforms help to level the playing field and give your business the cost-effective means to compete with larger companies.
Everything is housed in Google-controlled data centers spread around the world. There is massive redundancy and synchronization to ensure uptime/reliability/security. Your web site and data are always available. Google administers the entire platform and constantly updates the infrastructure and products/services to remain leading-edge and state-of-the-art.
Your installation comes with full-featured security to protect your data and content. Access control and content control let you decide who sees what, how, and when. You get always-on virus/spyware protection, as well as spam filtering and e-mail security to reduce clutter/inbox administration.
A huge advantage of the cloud computing design is that it provides built-in business continuity and the means for streamlined disaster recovery. Since your data is automatically saved and backed up on the net, all you need is one device with an internet connection and you are literally be back in business. The platform is mobile device compatible with full synchronization, so it breaks the boundaries of the traditional brick and mortar office and enables you to be productive anytime/anywhere.
More than 2 million businesses have successfully made the switch. To experience the future today, contact Innova Global Technology and take advantage of our free initial consultation and a 30 day free trial of Google Apps.
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Top ten advantages of Google’s cloud
Compared to on-premises, hosted and “software plus services” technologies, Google’s multi-tenant, Internet-scale infrastructure offers faster access to innovation, superior reliability and security, and maximum economies of scale.
1. Cloud computing is in Google’s DNA
Google has been pushing the technological bounds of cloud computing for more than ten years. Today, feedback and usage statistics from hundreds of millions of users in the real world help us bring stress-tested innovation to business customers at an unprecedented pace. From our consumer user base, we quickly learn which new features would be useful in the business context, refine those features, and make them available to Google Apps customers with minimal delay.
2. Faster access to innovation drives higher productivity
The web is the epicenter of innovation, and Google’s multi-tenant infrastructure is designed so we can push improvements to our entire customer base on short iteration cycles. We can deliver new functionality on a weekly basis, or faster, because our systems are able to distribute updates so efficiently. In 2009 alone, we launched over 100 improvements, and customers didn’t need to manage any upgrades or patches. In contrast, businesses tend to update traditional server software every five to seven years due to long release cycles from vendors and the cost and complexity businesses face implementing upgrades, especially when more powerful servers are required, like 64-bit hardware.
Browser-based applications are another key ingredient in our recipe for rapid innovation. When we launch new features in our web applications, users automatically get these improvements just by refreshing their browsers. Our mobile browser applications also get new features without software updates. With traditional technology and “software plus services”, client software is an innovation bottleneck. Even after back-end systems can support new features, users don’t get new functionality in those environments until the software on their computers and mobile phones have been upgraded, which can be an expensive and labor-intensive project.
3. Users adopt new functionality with less disruption
Rapid innovation powered by the cloud has another advantage over traditional technology cycles: employees adapt to a continuous stream of manageable improvements better than they tolerate large, disruptive batches of change. Gradual iterations in bite-sized chunks substantially reduce change-management challenges. Conversely, employees are subjected to a painful re-learning cycle each time companies upgrade traditional software.
4. Employees can be productive from anywhere
Web-based applications powered by Google’s global infrastructure give workers full access to their information across devices, so they can be productive in more places. Their data is stored in the cloud – not on one particular computer – so employees can connect with all of their information and get work done from any Internet connection. Google’s infrastructure gives users seamless access to their information at work, at home, on the road and from their mobile devices. With traditional technology, important information can be trapped in software only available on a limited set of devices, preventing employees from being their most productive.
5. Google’s cloud enables faster collaboration
Because data in Google Apps is stored in the cloud instead of on employee computers, multiple users can access and contribute to projects simultaneously without worrying about using the same operating system, software, or browser. For example, instead of collaborating on a document by sending back and forth revision after revision as attachments, documents are stored in the cloud with Google Apps. Coworkers can access the web-based document simultaneously in their browsers, and even make changes that other authorized users can see in real-time. Eliminating attachment round-trips by storing data in the cloud saves time and reduces frustrations for teams who need to work together efficiently.
6. Google’s immense security investments help protect customers
Google’s large investments in physical and process-based security are passed on to customers. First, Google is able to hire many of the worlds leading security experts to protect our systems and conduct cutting-edge security research. Our data centers are hardened with many of the latest measures in security precautions, including biometric access controls and multi-tiered security perimeters. Furthermore, Google has implemented a multi-layered security process protocol designed to help keep customer data safe. Our processes have been independently verified in a successful third-party SAS 70 Type II audit to verify our confidentiality, integrity and availability of customer data. Finally, Google is able to efficiently manage security updates across our nearly homogeneous global cloud computing infrastructure, so customer aren’t exposed to known vulnerabilities until they install security patches themselves.
7. Less data is stored on vulnerable devices
Browser-based applications also help keep sensitive data more secure. Unlike traditional software, when a user is finished using a web-based application, minimal data is left on the machine that could be compromised. Also, when employees can securely access their data from any browser, they’re less likely to store data locally on unsecured end-points like thumb drives. In a world where one out of ten laptops go missing in the first year1 and 66% of workers report having lost a thumb drive2, making data securely available from the browser and minimizing the amount of sensitive data stored on devices is an effective security strategy.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation & The Computer Security Institute’s annual Computer Crime and Security Survey, 2005.
“Thumb Drives? The New Portable and Convenient Way to Lose Data”, 2007.
8. Customers get higher reliability and uptime
Through synchronous replication, data and user actions in Google Apps are mirrored in nearly real-time across multiple data centers. If one data center becomes unavailable for any reason, the system is designed to instantly fall back to a secondary data center with no user-visible interruption in service. For Google Apps customers, our recovery point objective (RPO) design target is zero, and our recovery time objective (RTO) design target is instant failover. Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Groups, Google Docs and Google Sites have a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and our actual reliability has been significantly higher than this commitment. Attempting to replicate this level of reliability with on-premises or hosted technology is tremendously costly and complex. Even very large enterprises with state-of-the-art disaster recovery systems typically target a recovery time of one hour and accept the loss of one hour’s worth of data.
9. Google Apps offers extensive flexibility and control
Moving to Google’s cloud doesn’t mean you lose control of your data or your technology. The Google Apps Terms of Service explicitly state that customers retain ownership of their data in Google Apps, and Google firmly believes that customers should be able to easily get their data out of Google Apps if they ever decide to stop using the service. Furthermore, Google Apps provides controls so administrators can manage which applications their users can access and how employees can use each service. Finally, Google Apps APIs allow administrators build custom functionality and integrations with other technologies.
10. Customers spend less through Google’s economies of scale
Google buys raw computer parts in massive quantities, and assembles custom servers with few unnecessary components. Not only do we save costs on hardware, we also minimize overhead by consolidating on a very small number of server configurations that can be managed in bulk globally at an extremely efficient ratio of staff to machines. On a per-user basis, these economies of scale allow Google Apps to operate at higher levels of efficiency than can be achieved by customers themselves. Further cost savings are also made possible by applications that run in the browser. Customers save time and money because there’s no specialized software to license, patch and periodically replace.
You have a choice when it comes to your business success, listen to your IT staff and consultants or industry leaders and CIOs,the decision is yours.
I don’t know why there aren’t IT executives all across America marching in the streets, burning their software licenses and saying, “let my people go.” I mean, this is the promised land
Todd Pierce is senior vice president and CIO of Genentech, the $13,418 million San Francisco biotech company that this year became a wholly owned subsidiary of Roche. He joined Genentech in May 2002. Pierce’s IT leadership experience spans a broad range of industries, including commercial software products, health insurance, clinical care and government. Prior to joining Genentech, he served as CIO and Director of Information Systems for the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency. Pierce holds a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Austin College and a M.A. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
The business case for me has always been mobility. It’s one of the most important mega-trends of the last six, seven years. [The iPhone was] smaller, higher functioning, with greater reach – a laptop in your pocket – and oh, by the way, it does an application that everybody has to have called telephone. And then when I saw the touch-screen interface, I said, “This is it.” Because I had been on the Newton, I’d been in on the first Palm, we had lots of Treos, I’ve used every HP device that they had made for the last nine years in that area. And dumping the stylus and going with the finger, I said, this is it. Unbelievable.
We gone Google and freed our IT resources to innovate and solve business problem rater than attend the never ending saga of IT
" Break and Fix ".
No more patches, no more blue screen, no more virus or IT tech excuses .
Google is our IT utility company, empowering our business and its future.
Khoram is director of operations with INNOVA Global Technology Inc. INNOVA provides high quality single source design, installation and maintenance of network cabling , communication networks and advanced technology which encompasses, Nationwide rollout and global deployment company that specializes in the rapid deployment of multi-site, multi-service, multi-technology rollouts, Logistics & Maintenance for Large and medium Enterprises.
We believe in intimidate future, more and more of the information-processing tasks that we rely on, at home and at work, will be handled by big and secure data centres located out on the Internet. We also will have access to more powerful application than our current desk top or server base application for price of penis. Cell phone will turn to be mobile artificial intelligence which can carry 100 years of data and videos and we have more of them than PCs.
The nature and economics of computing will change as dramatically as the nature and economics of mechanical power changed with the rise of electric utilities in the early years of the last century. The consequences for society – for the way we live, work, learn, communicate, entertain ourselves, and even think – promise to be equally profound. If the electric dynamo was the machine that fashioned twentieth century society – that made us who we are – the information dynamo is the machine that will fashion the new society of the twenty-first century. We want to be part of future now and not past . Google is the right choice specially when the bandwidth cost is falling .
Email is critical to our work, but we're trying to simplify IT. We want to maintain less infrastructure, and Google Apps allows us to do that.
Brent Hoag is Senior Director, IT for JohnsonDiversey, formed when Johnson Wax Professional acquired DiverseyLever. Its focus is on providing products to commercial businesses for food safety, housekeeping, and industrial cleaning. Throughout its history, the company has been dedicated to leadership in environmental issues, health, and safety.
What did we actually end up doing? We provided Apps to early adopters who became business champions – and ultimately helped others if they ran into issues. We decided to support only the web interface and provided early access prior to go-live to mitigate login issues. We also provided tools for self-service migration and put up a Google Site providing a centralized point of information. We offered global deployment support for the first two days after go-live.
Since deploying, we've received some nice feedback and results:
- one employee told us "this is the first project that IT did for the users rather than to the users"
- our help desk volume has substantially dropped from our legacy steady state call volume and most of the questions are "how-to"
- our department has more time to work on strategic initiatives
In the world of Microsoft Exchange, we had a physical server that someone could steal and have everything.
Walt Oswald serves as the Vice President of Information Technology (IT) for the Motorola Mobile Devices Business. Mr. Oswald is results-driven with a strong background in all aspects of global IT operations including systems architecture, large-scale project management, continuous process improvements, disaster recovery, business continuity, information security, regulatory compliance, P&L control, budgeting, vendor contracts, and staff management. He has consistently applied his focus on technology innovation and best-practice operational structures to contribute significant value and ROI in key leadership roles while with Motorola. --
Motorola's Mobile Devices division recently chose to move its 20,000 users to Google Apps. Hear why they decided to go Google, and how they expect Gmail, Calendar and Docs will transform the way their business operates. Learn more about bringing Google Apps to your organization at
In the world of Microsoft Exchange, we had a physical server that someone could steal and have everything. With Google, those emails are across thousands of systems. No one person has that access. Our legal team, security team spent a lot of time looking at this, and we came to the conclusion that it was more secure than our current environment
What your IT consultant and staff may not want you to know
When it comes to IT infrastructure and its day to day maintenance and support, Why would you want to spend your time, bandwidth and very talented, highly paid resources fighting something that’s not a core
competency of you company rather than focusing them on the tasks that generates new revenue
Move Your Business to the Cloud with NetSuite and Google Apps
The benefits of Google Apps and cloud computing extend far beyond just business communication and productivity. Today there are a growing number of cloud applications for virtually every aspect of your business through the Google Apps Marketplace. Literally hundreds of vendors now offer products and services through the Marketplace that integrate directly with all of your other Google Apps for business. So what do you need to get started and what does it really take to simplify everything from messaging and collaboration to real-time financial dashboards, reporting and analytics with cloud computing?
Contact us , Innova is a Google Apps Partner and learn about the business use case,
return on investment (ROI) and other key considerations for moving your business to the cloud with Google Apps.