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Turn to the Cloud for Collaboration: Google Apps

In Hiring Software & Tools — by Recruiterbox

Collaboration is the key to the success of any business. Small businesses, in particular, stand to benefit from improved collaboration, as this can lead to better communication and more productivity. Such improvements require changes in some of your business’ operations, and Google has tools that will help make these changes easy to implement.

Google’s cloud computing platform, Google Apps, is not only a service that allows for mobile access to email, documents, and more – it also works to help businesses improve their collaboration and communication practices. The Google Apps for Business suite is a secure and reliable cloud computing service that comes standard with a slew of applications designed to promote collaboration in the workplace. From Gmail, which allows for instant communication via email, chat, and video, to Google Documents and Google Groups, collaboration is a priority in the Google cloud network. With Google Documents, users can share files simply by clicking a button. Once documents are shared, multiple users can simultaneously edit the same document, leave comments for one another, and track changes. Google Groups allows users to communicate with an entire group of people easily, and Google Sites, another standard application, enables users to set up website and intranets to coordinate with others in one, central location.

Undergoing a Google Apps migration is a simple process that moves your business to the Google cloud, putting all of these collaboration-driven applications within your reach. This step alone can help you significantly improve your business’ collaboration practices and thus enhance your employees’ productivity. But in order to make sure you are getting the most out of your cloud service, there are additional steps you can take, including looking into collaborative solutions with the help of a Google partner.

Such solutions are available for businesses that have already migrated to Google Apps and also for those that have not. If your business already uses Google Apps, you may want a Google partner to help you devise a plan to improve your use of the apps suite. For this solution, a group of experts will evaluate how your business currently uses Google Apps and your collaboration goals in order to create a high-level plan that will improve the way you use the platform and help you meet your goals. Not only will the Google partner devise this plan for you, but it may also train your employees on how to implement the changes. By simply making better use of the tools at your disposal, you can significantly enhance your collaboration, communication and productivity.

If your business does not use Google Apps, there are still opportunities available to you that can help you decide if the Google cloud and its collaboration tools are right for you. A Google partner can help you do a trial of Google Apps in your business so that you can see how the suite would fit into your current daily operations and how it might help you make improvements. This trial would likely focus on certain applications that are particularly collaboration-driven: Google Documents, Google Sites, and Google Cloud Connect. By piloting these applications with the direction of a Google partner, you can easily determine what a Google Apps migration would involve, what type of training your employees would need, and, most importantly, how Google Apps could enhance your collaboration.

Because collaboration and communication are so essential to the success of any business, Google has put an emphasis on these practices with its cloud computing platform. Driven by the need for collaboration and communication, Google Apps and its collaborative solutions can be worthwhile for any business hoping to make improvements.

About the author

Cloud Sherpas is a leading cloud service provider and was named the “Google Enterprise 2011 Partner of the Year.” As one of the first Google Enterprise partners, Cloud Sherpas has migrated over one million users across a variety of industries from legacy, on-premise messaging systems to Google Apps, helping organizations adopt cloud computing to innovate and dramatically reduce their IT expenses.

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