17 May 2012

Google Apps: The Executives Guide - preview of the Grove workshop at Cloud Africa

By Annette Gardner, Digital Marketing Manager at Grove Group 

There is a new way of working that gives you everything your business needs and the tools your employees want - all rolled into one.

As a business executive your major concerns for the future growth of your business lie, essentially, in cost and productivity. If you can reduce investment and recurring costs and increase productivity that has to be a good thing right?

What is Google Apps?

Google Apps for Business is a cloud-based office IT tool with a difference. It is web based email, calendar and docs that lets you work from anywhere, at any time and through any device.

With Google Apps, all your work is automatically saved in the cloud. You’ll have access to everything and be able to work securely, no matter where you are in the world and what device you're on.

For your business, this means every employee and everyone you work with can be productive from anywhere, using any device with an Internet connection.

Google Apps allows you to:

      Share with anyone: Share documents, spreadsheets & presentations with collaborators both inside and outside your organisation - you control who can see what and what changes they can make
      Real Time Collaboration: Multiple people can view and edit the same document at the same time, in real time - so no more problems with multiple versions and locked documents

So that takes care of productivity - staff who can collaborate more easily are in essence more productive.

What about cost?

The joy of Cloud Computing, amongst other benefits, is that you only pay for what you use. There’s no legacy infrastructure that needs to be updated to the ‘latest version’, and there’s no paying for licenses that you don’t need. With Google Apps additional licenses are quick and easy to add, and remove.  Updates? You get them automatically, as they are released by Google, at no extra cost.

Why spend money on technology you’ll never use to capacity, when in the cloud you can pay for what you use and increase and decrease the services you need on demand?

In Summary

This unrivalled ease-of-use/access dramatically increases collaboration and ideas-sharing - having a knock on effect of increased productivity - something we all want. And the reductions in cost speak for themselves.

Grove & Google Workshop @ Cloud Africa Com

23-24 May 2012
The Midrand Conference Centre

Limited Spaces available - Register  @  www.groveis.com/registerforworkshop