Google Apps Implementations – Growing Phenomenon

Google Apps Implementations – Growing Phenomenon in India

Source: www.moneymint.in; MoneyMint.in a leading India focussed Business Website has published Guest Post by Sunil K, CEO of Dhruvsoft (Google Apps Authorized Reseller in India)

Ever since in 2008, Mr. G Mohan, Director of Adam Associates, the award winning dealer of Atlas Copco in Chennai decided to move his business email and collaboration to Google Apps – he is very happy. The communication and collaboration tools offered by Google Apps have helped Adam Associates achieve better sales performance and provide excellent after sales service to its customers in last two years.
What prompted Mr. G Mohan to move to Google Apps when other business owners across India were not even aware that such technology exists? “We were growing and wanted to have (business) mail service without the trouble of administering the mail server and buying spam filters, anti virus programs. Also with all latest functions integrated in one (application), like docs, calendar, alerts, mobile configuration etc was what we were looking for” says Mohan.

Adding to the benefits that Adam Associates got from implementing Google Apps Mohan says – “My experience with Google Apps has been excellent. … Collaboration tools like Google Docs and Google Sites ensure that there are No back and fro mails; all changes are tracked; I can stop people from making changes. Chat (Instant Messenger) is a facility, I have also configured on Blackberry and, instead of mail I communicate easily to my office or customers on Google Talk … I know when they are on line and “catch” them easily … Our office uses it (Google Apps) to the hilt”.

Being one of the first few businesses in India who have moved to Google Apps, Mr. G Mohan is a strong advocate of Google Apps and hosted applications. One being asked whether he will refer Google Apps to others he says – “A big yes to all (to go for Google Apps) … except my competitors lest they become more resourceful like me”.

Like Mohan many small, mid size business, startup companies, non profits, schools, colleges and universities have moved to Google Apps in India in last two years. Businesses have realized the value that Google Apps are offering. Many of the business that were earlier using typical POP email accounts from their web hosting provider or those using business email services have moved to a much better and reliable platform which in addition to emails gives them options to collaborate as well using Google Docs and Google Sites.

What is Google Apps?
Google Apps suite of communication and collaboration brings simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools to organizations. With Google Apps, users can use applications such as Gmail webmail service, Google Talk instant messaging service, Google Calendar calendaring service, Google Docs program, Google Sites web application, and Google Video for business on their own domain to work together more effectively. Best of all, it’s all hosted by Google, so there’s no hardware or software to download, install or maintain.

How Google Apps Works?
Google Apps is a web based hosted solution that means you can access Google Apps at anytime; anywhere you have an Internet connection. This type of technology is popularly called Software as a Service (SaaS) or cloud computing – in which IT applications are provided “as a service”, allowing users to access these applications from the Internet (in the cloud) without needing to maintain the infrastructure that supports them. An easy way to understand the model is how we currently allow companies to run and manage our utility services like telephone or electricity rather than generating it within our home or office ourselves.

What are advantages of using Google Apps?
No hardware, No software, No worries: Google Apps web-based messaging & collaboration applications require no hardware or software. They need minimal administration resulting in tremendous time and cost savings for businesses.

Low cost, Fast Return on Investment: If an organization of 100 users is using in-house Exchange Server for their emails decide to migrate to Google Apps Premier Edition, they can save up to 1/3rd of their licensing, hardware and manpower cost. The return on investment will be within one year. When business move to Google Apps they just need to pay an annual license fee while there is no investment in buying any hardware or software.

Groups, non profits, educational institutes can even start at a very low cost using Google Apps Standard Edition which is free.

More storage, More Features: Google Apps Premier Edition gives 25 GB every mailbox which is 50 times more storage than the industry average. Your employee can keep important messages in mailbox and find them instantly with built-in Google search. The employees can spend less time managing their inboxes, and more time being productive.

The Google Apps email users have option to access emails using their preferred mail client like MS Outlook. They can even setup multiple devices to access emails with same view everywhere irrespective of the device they are using. Google Apps offers choice of both POP and more advanced IMAP email access.

Collaborate like never before: Mobile email, calendar, IM access, Docs, Sites – the employees have never before been given so many options to collaborate before. Access your mails from mobile as at no extra charge, Google Apps supports mobile access on BlackBerry devices, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Android.

Reliable, spam free, Secure and compliant: Google Apps Premier Edition give a 99.9% relaibility – so no more complaints of ’server is down’ from employees.  the Custom spam and inbound mail filtering tools, powered by Postini give powerful spam filters that automatically work with no up-front configuration. Google Apps are hosted to powerful and secure data centers of Google across that provide a very secure environment to your data. The data can be accessed using enforced SSL connections without any security worries. Google Apps even offers optional email archiving, up to 10 years of retention if required for compliance in your organization.

Mr. Gaurav Bathla, Director of Bathla Aluminum a business leader engaged in design, manufacturing & distribution across India of home utility products like aluminum ladders Ironing tables & Cloth dryers at Bangalore, India says, “Because of Google Apps, we today are better organized and more efficient. More so we are now not worried about the technology issues which we used to face on an ongoing basis before implementing Google Apps. Our mails are spam free now. We can more efficiently use mails seamlessly from multiple devices.”

About Author
Sunil K is CEO of Dhruvsoft (www.dhruvsoft.com) – leading Google Apps Authorized Reseller in India and a cloud computing solution provider with commitment to get business results. To learn more about Dhruvsoft and their Google Apps offerings click on link below:

http://www.dhruvsoft.com/googleapps

To have a free evaluation of Google Apps done for your company write to Sunil K at email – sunilk@dhruvsoft.com

Dhruvsoft has capability to work with a wide range of clients on cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) deployments and support issues. Dhruvsoft is known for helping organizations to effectively integrate their existing information systems with cloud computing applications like Google Apps.

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