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Apps Collaboration

Google Apps enable secure, real-time collaboration among workgroups of all sizes. With hosted documents – word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations – web-based video access, and easy site-building tools, Google makes information usable from any browser or smart phone, whenever and wherever users work. SAML-based Single Sign-On (SSO) services integrate seamlessly with established security and authentication systems. Google Apps bring easy, secure productivity to any work team, without the need for additional hardware or software.

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Comparing Apps to MS Exchange

Google Apps Premier Edition is Google's Software as a Service (SaaS) solution for business messaging, collaboration, and security. It includes Gmail, with integrated voice and video chat, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.  Google Apps is a reliable, cost-effective solution for keeping employees connected and improving their productivity.

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Apps Messaging

Google Apps messaging tools include email, calendar and instant messaging solutions that help employees communicate and stay connected, wherever and whenever they work. These web-based services can be securely accessed from any browser, work on mobile devices like BlackBerry and iPhone, and integrate with other popular email systems like Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, and more. What's more, Google Apps' SAML-based Single Sign-On (SSO) capability integrates seamlessly with existing enterprise security and authentication services. Google Apps deliver productivity and reduce IT workload with a hosted, 99.9% uptime solution that gets teams working together fast.

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Should your email live in The Cloud?

When Google launched Google Apps Premier Edition for $50 per user per year, it raised the question, "How much should we be paying for email?" But it's not just this eye-popping price that should trigger the question about where you should run your email. Instead, every time you have to upgrade, switch, or add users to your email system, you should examine your fully loaded costs and consider the delivery alternatives. This report presents a spreadsheet cost model to help you calculate your fully loaded onpremise email costs and compare it against cloud-based alternatives. Bottom line: Cloud-based email makes sense for companies or divisions as large as 15,000 users. And every company can benefit from occasional users or email filtering to a cloud-based provider.

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Security Whitepaper

Securing network-based applications against would-be hackers is key to ensuring the success of any system. When it comes to email and collaboration, the importance is paramount. Google invests billions of dollars in technology, people, and process to ensure data in Google Apps is safe, secure, and private. Google's dedicated team of security professionals is responsible for designing in security from the onset, reviewing all design, code, and finished product to ensure it meets strict Google security and data privacy standards. The same infrastructure used to host Google Apps and secure hundreds of thousands of user's data is also used to manage millions of consumers' data and billions of dollars in advertising transactions. With Google Apps, information is safe and secure.

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Google Apps Case Studies

Construction

Maptek
For Maptek, the switch to Google Apps has raised staff productivity through "reducing by an order of magnitude the time wasted by users dealing with spam"
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Erith Group
Since implementation, the Erith Group has seen a significant reduction in the cost of its IT. The email storage capacity for the company has increased dramatically without additional cost, allowing the business to plan growth for the future.
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Healthcare

Home Care Assistance
Productivity grew as "virtual" teammates shared project plans, spreadsheets, and documents such as site visits and client reports. They also valued the easy connections delivered by Google's integrated IM options.
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TVR Communications
TVR deployed Google Apps to replace its existing Microsoft Exchange environment and improve collaboration, reducing IT costs and risk while increasing agility.
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Publishing and Media

Huffington
With Apps and Analytics, The Huffington Post was able to achieve its objectives.  "The reaction from our staff to Google Apps has been overwhelmingly positive".
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Nimble Books
Google solutions have contributed positively to both sides of the balance sheet. On the income side, Zimmerman has been impressed with the success of Google Book Search as an online marketing tool that enhances branding and provides an easy way to gauge readers' reactions. "The advantage of Google Book Search is that it reaches people at the point of sale".
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Retail

Indoff
Upon testing Google Apps, Indoff realised that it would be fast and easy to use, and could also deliver exceptional uptime and reliability. Within two weeks, Indoff's employees and sales partners had moved over to Google Apps. Today, they all use Gmail, either via Google's web interface or via POP access.
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Second Wind
2nd Wind deployed Google Apps to replace its existing Microsoft Exchange environment and support broader collaboration, reducing IT costs while improving cross-company communication and collaboration.
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Technology

Altium Ltd
The Altium team have been very happy with their conversion to Google Apps. "What we've discovered is a complete change over our previous method". In terms of their infrastructure, Perkins was able to reduce the number of servers being utilised by 20–30% of their 55 globally deployed servers. The user benefits were also significant.
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Hub City Media
Since turning on Google Apps, Hub City Media operations have relied on Gmail, Google Talk and Google Calendar – and this common communications platform has helped produce markedly increased productivity.  Hub City Media increased billable hours by outsourcing communications and collaboration with Google Apps Standard Edition.
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WBP Systems
Google Apps help WBP staff communicate and collaborate more effectively than they could before. "We can bring anyone into our processes, either from internal or external sources, and collaborate and prioritise tasks so we can succeed as a small business".  Google Apps Premier Edition lets software developer WBP Systems focus on core business activities.
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Professional Services

Abraham Harrison
"Google Apps are beautifully designed, and have defi nitely been a factor in our rapid expansion." CEO
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Capgemini
Capgemini cut call center costs and empowered agents with Google Apps Premier Edition.
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Indoff Counterpart
"We chose Google Apps because of its low price, the quality of the software and exceptional service agreements."
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Rock Kitchen Harris
Fast-growing communications agency gains reliable access, streamlines IT with Google Apps
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Saaspoint
Saaspoint speeds project completion by making information available "anytime, anywhere" with Google Apps
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San Francisco Consulting Group
San Francisco Consulting Group uses Google Apps to eliminate IT headaches and enhance collaboration among consultants working around the world.
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Hospitality

Cully & Sully
Cully & Sully stirs up success, serves customers more efficiently with Google Apps.  Cully examined a number of different options for email, including hosted versions of traditional client-server platforms and found them complex and expensive. A hotel manager recommended Google Apps and Cully, already familiar with Google's consumer products, was keen to try the service.
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Whitepapers

Dataquest Insight: How Google May Influence the Future Direction of Telecom

Google's influence and market power with key communications industry stakeholders — regulators, ISPs, advertising, media customers and service providers — is significantly greater than its annual turnover of $17 billion. In this document we explore how and where Google has been able to exert influence over an industry with a 100-fold greater turnover ratio, as well as where Google is likely to exercise this influence in the future. We provide recommendations on carrier positioning options vis-a-vis Google.

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The State of Google Apps

In this note, we explore Google's business model for Google Apps and the usage model with which it is entering enterprise operating environments. Clients should support selective experimentation by end users to better understand the implications of Google's somewhat unique approach to evolving its products, adding value to the business and possibly reducing overall operating costs. This experience will benefit enterprises as more and more vendors adopt a "continuous evolution" product model.

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Google Talk: Is It Ready for the Enterprise?

This report discusses the Google Talk instant messaging product and its suitability for enterprises. This is important for companies which are looking at alternatives to IBM and Microsoft for messaging and collaboration.

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What Does Google Know?

Google's goal is to make any information available, anytime, to anyone, in any location and on any device. This mission derives from values and beliefs, not commercial considerations, though commercial (and sociopolitical) implications are massive.

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Google App Engine Comes Closer to Enterprise Adoption

We examined Google's announced enhancements to the Google App Engine (GAE) from four points of view, assessing the viability of each to support business applications. Although GAE is now more suitable for some enterprise projects, remaining functionality gaps limit which type of business applications can be deployed.

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Microsoft and Google Jostle Over Cloud-Based E-Mail and Collaboration

Both Google and Microsoft come up short in terms of delivering the services we believe enterprises need. True economics, channel contention and a host of other issues are yet to be resolved, but, when they are, we expect a substantial number of enterprises to be sufficiently motivated by their own internal cost pressures to move to cloud-based communication and collaboration services from these two vendors — or others.

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