Over five million businesses currently use Google Apps. Just as we saw with Microsoft's Office suite (when Outlook was the cornerstone of the popular group of office software), email is still the center of a collaboritive business. But Google's vision of the social enterprise expands beyond the inbox to include true team collaboration in documents, spreadsheets and hundreds of integrated business apps.
Google Apps Certification is a relatively new program for Google Apps Resellers and Google Partners. As the growth of Google's office suite, Google Apps for Business, continues to grow, so does the need for qualified local experts in Google's business products.
Since January, I've been running Coolhead Tech from my Chromebook. In the process, I've discovered business apps and consumer apps that I can use to quickly get things done. After the ants invaded in April (my favorite photo editing service, Picnik, went out of business), I found PicMonkey.
ace for innovation in technology and electronics, coming out with their version of the Nexus 10 tablet and now the latest addition to the Google gadget family, the Chromebook. The netbook, once the hottest gadget on the market, fell back into the shadows as the tablets stormed through. Google is shining new light on the latest incarnation of the netbook with Chromebook.
"There's an awful lot of hype around about cloud computing, but so far very little take-up. Research by Optus shows that only 4 percent of small businesses use cloud solutions."
Mashable has a great run-down of issues that can make your small business website succeed with a high Google ranking. These are some best practices you can employ, in addition to traditional SEO techniques, to gain some traction on Google. Many of them have worked for Coolhead Tech and our clients.
Loking for a tech job in Texas? If so, the Made in Austin Job Fair 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 at the Omni Downtown Austin (700 San Jacinto at 8th Street) can connect you with some innovative and exciting businesses.
The MadeinAustin Job Fair was established to bring together talent and fast-growing tech companies right here in Central Texas. Last year, the first annual event featured 115 tech companies looking to hire recent college graduates. Hundreds of internships and jobs were filled.
This second MadeinAustin Job Fair promises to be even more successful, with some of the best and brightest companies and organizations signing up to be a part of the event.
Austin companies participating include:
Indeed.com: The largest online job board
South by Southwest (SXSW): The series of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences
BuildASign: The leading online custom printing provider
Coolhead Tech: A local Google Apps reseller, and HubSpot partner agency
Bazaarvoice: a company that turns social media into social commerce for brands
ConnectTel: a company that specializes in software development for mobile platforms, embedded systems, cloud computing and Windows applications.
Here's the full list of Austin companies that will be recruiting at the MadeinAustin fair. The list is growing daily.
Unlike a typical job fair, this one promises "no booths, bling or B.S." It will be preceded by a "What Matters Most (to Tech Talent)" panel from 6-7 p.m.
The event wouldn't be MadeinAustin if there wasn't an after party. And to kick off Austin Startup Week from 9-11 p.m. organizers have booked one of Austin's hottest bands for candidates to hangout with: Suite709
There is no charge for job-seekers to attend the fair. but Registration is required, Head over to Ticketbud to snag your ticket to the event.
The event kicks off Austin Startup Week (Oct. 8-12), which celebrates the startups that call Austin home. Panels of successful entrepreneurs will discuss how they reached their goals, attendees will network with innovative members of the business community, and the secrets behind Austin's successful startup culture will be revealed. It will be a great place to find a new job or grow an idea for a new business of your own.
Austin Startup Week is right around the corner, and Coolhead Tech will be right there in the thick of things. This five-day event (Oct. 8-12) spotlights Austin startups and the people and ideas behind them.
As the world continues to go online with relentless speed, businesses scramble to find their places in the cloud. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses through smoother workflows and better customer experiences. They don’t want to float aimlessly in the cloud and self-destruct. The solution is Google apps.
While Google apps work best with small and mid-sized businesses, more and more big businesses are realizing their importance. For instance, Sanmina-SCI, a leading provider for electronics manufacturing services with 37,000 diverse employees worldwide was looking for less expensive collaboration tools. They found them in Google apps. The Roche Group, with over 110 years in healthcare solutions and more than 90,000 employees, found the rapid innovation of Google apps impressive.
You don’t have to tow the bandwagon blindly just because everybody is doing it. You need to convince yourself that using Google apps would improve your bottom line. Being hosted services, Google apps are one of the most cost-effective solutions with 24/7/365 Google support compared to in-house systems with massive infrastructure to maintain. Cost being out of the question, how do Google apps improve the operation of your business?
Gmail for Speedy Connection with People
Gmail is no ordinary email. It is a fast way of connecting with your employees and customers through text, voice and video chats online. With an enormous storage capacity of 25GB, you can store profile photos, shared docs, other Google apps and important attachments to your inbox. This means that you can now have a cache of information for future reference. You can also access your Gmail from your mobile device with Internet connection while on the road or in a remote meeting.
Google Docs for Collaboration
Traditional documents are hard to prepare, track, distribute and store. Google Docs is a convenient Web-based application that allows various users to write and edit documents in a collaborative environment. They can be automatically stored, saved, recovered or exported into different file extensions anytime, anywhere. Its use can be extended to accommodate customer use if your business so requires.
Abuse or unsafe use of Google Docs is not an issue because you can set controls to limit accessibility to authorized users for creating, viewing and sharing files. For example, you can assign sensitive files to designated employees to track accountability.
Google Sites for Sharing Company Information
Google Sites is a helpful tool to create interdepartmental information hubs for employees as well as customers. It allows you to post information from other Google apps such as Google Calendar for important events for all employees to see. Announcing meetings, new policies, new projects and other company happenings can be made much easier with Google Sites. You can assign certain employees or designate a team to administer the sites.
Google Calendar for Better Synchronization
How would you want to start your day with a well-organized schedule? Or receive event reminders in your Gmail or mobile device. These are all made possible by Google Calendar. Calendar sharing is also a great way to work with your team. Now you don’t have to run around finding your team mates or being late for meetings and projects.
Coordinating company activities can create confusion among employees if time and dates are not synchronized. With Google Calendar, you can put together smooth meetings, sessions, trainings, seminars and company celebrations. You avoid absences, tardiness or slip-ups and the perennial alibis of non-attendance.
Google apps are not mere hypes that you have to use because it is the “in” thing to do. They are real solutions that give real benefits to your business. They are fast becoming a necessity for businesses to survive and thrive in a highly digitized landscape.
A challenge in this economy is finding ways to improve employee performance without increasing the cost of labor, equipment, and technology. Google Apps for business is a set of tools that empowers employees to succeed without adding staggering costs in the process.