Our organization has used Google Apps for about four years. We were creating ‘rogue’ Sites, Docs, and more while not really having any unified strategy or philosophy for how we were going to support what was quickly becoming an unsustainable environment.
Fortunately, the partner teams and our IT teams really wanted the same thing – strategic implementation paired with the policies, support models, and IT integrations that would manage risk and help us continue to use Google Apps to gain even more value.
So how did we collaborate to set up a win-win-win situation?
Ever since Google launched Drive, upgraded Google +, and rolled out a cloud based analytical engine for MySQL queries, the question begs what is Google doing. Is it a serious contender in the enterprise, and if so, why? Here’s what others are saying:
Google’s long anticipated launch of Google Drive set off a lot of buzz around the cloud storage wars. The basic question comes down to whether Drive represents another nice-to-have feature for Google users or the premise for a more business-savvy Google Platform?
When you have an in-house solution, like Lotus or Sharepoint, it doesn’t just stop working. You will spend millions of dollars on upgrades, licenses, and support, but to be fair, it won’t just stop working.
Even before your cloud-based tools stop working, though, they might stop meeting your needs without app purchases that balloon way above your initial budget. This, simply, is the unintended consequence of the world of apps in the cloud. And when you hit the wall, you start doing some serious soul searching. Thinking back to the more than 20,000 people “attending” CloudForce NYC yesterday (in person or online), this is more relevant than ever.
About five years ago there was this thing called Google Page Creator. It was a ridiculously rudimentary form of Google Sites (which itself is pretty basic). The catch, though, was that because Google Apps was one of the first web-based collaboration tools, Pages was a big deal – it let you create and store content in a way that basically no other service offered, and it was free. Combined, it meant a lot of people with small budgets started creating and sharing content. The public school in the south Bronx that I was working at in 2005 decided it would be a great idea to start sharing our assessments and lesson plans on Pages. You know it was easy to use if more folks knew how to access Pages than they did their DOE email.
There are many reasons not to use Google Sites for your intranet. Maybe you have an intranet already, maybe you want (need?) java applications for some complicated business application and custom builds. Maybe you want lots and lots social features built right into the page. But maybe not. Maybe you want a flexible, easy to use, easy to share, content management system that is free (for many, cheap for all) and ready to use out of the box.
In a world with growing choices of business software, many now based in the cloud, and many offering similar price-per-user subscriptions, it’s seems equally as difficult for small businesses and large enterprises to choose a vendor. I’m going to help you make it very simple. Choose Google Apps.