While most of us are already familiar with and have already adopted the increasingly popular Google email server, Gmail, many businesses have remained rooted in the traditional language of on-premise servers like Microsoft Exchange. Considering the fact that in this day and age, all types of data are moving to the cloud, this blog article will describe 5 reasons why it makes sense for businesses to make the move to Google Apps.
Why should I migrate to Google Apps?
Reason #1: Achieve cost-efficiency
This reason in itself could convince even the most reluctant company decision makers to leave their previous infrastructure behind and adopt the innovative Google Apps platform. Heavy, on-site servers require a large capital investment for hardware in addition to recurring costs for labor and overhead. Not to mention maintenance of this equipment involves draining the most valuable resource of all – time. Google as well as other Google Apps Resellers provide the online product suite for $50 per user per year, a minimal investment compared to the surmounting costs of keeping and running on-premise servers. Because Google operates with economies of scale in both hardware and overhead, the cost savings can be passed down.
Reason #2: Security and reliability in the cloud
Google has led the charge on cloud computing for 10 years and is a trusted name in data storage and security. It is a core focus of the company to assure users that their information is kept safe and secure. Verified in a third-party SAS 70 Type II audit, Google has been proven to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of data. Google houses all information in data centers all over the world. Their data routing model allows for their guarantee of 99.9% uptime, highest in the industry.
Reason #3: Added functionality with add-ons from Google Apps Marketplace
The Google Apps Marketplace was launched by Google specifically for app developers to join a community where they could build upon the Google platform with products of their own. End-users on Google Apps can browse through the Marketplace by Top Installs or search for products by category and purpose. The number one install in the Admin Tools category is SherpaTools by Cloud Sherpas, an add-on product offering advanced IT management functions. Hundreds of add-ons exist in the Marketplace by companies of all different sizes and areas of expertise to provide users with the products they need to fill in the gaps of what Google Apps itself does not offer.
Reason #4: Instantaneous, hassle-free updates
Google updates their products frequently, and because they are cloud-based, everyone receives the update almost instantaneously, without the need for an IT team member to install new programs on every computer in the office. Time and effort can be freed up to focus on the core of the business instead of dealing with IT management issues.
Reason #5: Access data anywhere
The beauty of cloud computing is that information need not be locked down to a specific location. Users can get a hold of their email, files, and calendar from any browser or mobile phone with connection to the Internet. Productivity is unlimited when data can be accessed through multiple channels regardless of location.
How should I migrate to Google Apps?
Google sells the product suite for businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Businesses pay $50 per user per year for a licensing fee. However, an authorized Google Apps Reseller also offers the same productivity suite for the same price, but can provide a more tailored migration approach, customized support, and ongoing training for your Google Apps migration