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Automating and integrating Google Apps for Small Business

I'm really looking forward to the Google Apps Script Hackathon up at Google Austin on Thursday, September 13 but I need more ideas for scripts that could help small business.

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Austin Google Apps Learning Series: Google Apps Deployment

Coolhead Tech has a couple more spots available for this month's Google Apps Deployment Specialist Training in Austin. The classes are free and the test fee is Waived in August if you attend all 3 classes!

The Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist exam certifies IT professionals who demonstrate the fundamental skills and knowledge required to deploy, configure, and migrate to Google Apps for Business.

Candidates who pass the exam receive the Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist certificate and badge.

Google Apps Deployment Specialist - Austin's Local Google Apps Reseller

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How To Merge Your Google+ Local and Business Pages

Small Biz Trends has a solid explanation on how to merge your former Places Page (for Google maps) with your "Google+ Business Page."

It's very easy, the Business Page you created simply click the "Verify Now" button towards the top.  You'll want to make sure the information on the page is complete.

Google will re-verify your business by Postcard.

Small Business Trends: How To Merge Your Google+ Local and Business Pages

If you have multiple Google accounts, Coolhead Tech can help migrate your email and accounts to one Google Apps for Business Account.

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Bluewolf Study Shows 35% Growth in Use of Outsourcing - The CIO Report - WSJ

Bluewolf predicts that as more companies rely on cloud providers, the outsourcing of applications will grow, whether it’s to providers who offer niche services or larger companies like Google or Microsoft.

There's a growing market for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) like Coolhead Tech.  CSPs are a great option if your company wants to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of services like Google Apps and Office 365.

Bluewolf Study Shows 35% Growth in Use of Outsourcing - The CIO Report - WSJ

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Survey: Rising Cloud Adoption Spurs Changes to IT - The CIO Report - WSJ

This is happening as more IT Directors and CIOs realize the value of services like The Google Cloud, amazon web services and Rackspace Cloud.

Survey: Rising Cloud Adoption Spurs Changes to IT - The CIO Report - WSJ

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Google takes Chromebook to Best Buy

Lots of exciting announcements out of Google's annual developer conference. I've been particularly interested and excited about the growth of Chromebooks and Google Apps. It's been about a year since I've been on both and in January I completely gave up my Windows PC after 18 years.

We're working on a couple of new Chromebook projects now, incorporating Google Drive and oursmall business booking app.  If you're in Best Buy, check out the Chromebook for business.  It's not flashy but it's a workhorse and will be your go-to device for business.

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Let's Get Your Business to Show Up on Google.

Each day, people go to Google to find local businesses like yours and mine.  If they don't know your business by name, they may search by type of business and city (e.g. "tex-mex Austin").  Let's make sure you show up no matter how they search.

Run an easy-to-create ad on Google that appears to potential customers searching your area for exactly what you offer.

Create your ad by the end of the week and get $100 in free online advertising.  Be one of the first 25 to Follow Coolhead Tech on LinkedIn to receive your free gift card. There's no obligation or commitment.

Google will even provide free sign-up support via telephone.

Here's to finding your next new customer!

Google's AdWords System Goes Mobile - Forbes

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Cloud Computing moves slow for some businesses: Is a Hybrid Cloud Solution the answer?

We are seeing great success with hybrid cloud solutions.  In some cases we can re-purpose a local server and seamlessly integrate the more powerful cloud services.  For small businesses just the simple installation of Google Drive can positively impact operations.   When it comes to your business, do you "like" hybrid cloud solutions?

"For many businesses, hybrid-type solutions might fare best, like having some on-site servers for daily functions or email, but also cloud services to back up data or handle specialized applications that might otherwise be too expensive, said Rodriguez, advising that companies consult with IT professionals."  Cloud computing moves slow for North Jersey businesses : - NorthJersey.com

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