Many small businesses do not have the in-house resources needed to fully implement and properly manage G Suite. These companies often seek help from a G Suite Partner.
There are a lot of companies that advertise G Suite services, but not are all official Google partners.
In 2017, Google launched its Cloud Partner directory, which is a searchable listing of all companies that have been accepted into the Google Cloud Partner Program.
Continue reading How To Find a G Suite Partner To Help With Your Implementation
Updated: August 31, 2018
If you’re using G Suite or considering G Suite for your organization, there may be questions about G Suite security in your mind.
After all company email and business documents (if you are leveraging Google Drive for cloud backup of local files) are stored in Google’s data centers.
G Suite, as you’d expect, has multiple levels of built-in security. Continue reading How Admins & Users Can Strengthen G Suite Security
Google has introduced native Gmail Offline for business (G Suite) and consumer users of Gmail.
This means that Gmail users can now read, reply to and compose emails while not connected to the internet. What’s more, no Chrome extension is needed.
It also means that people who current use a local email client in conjunction with G Suite, mainly for offline access, may find that the local client is no longer needed. Continue reading Gmail Offline For Business and Consumer Users
Updated: July 31, 2018
G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 are the two most popular cloud-based suites of business productivity applications on the market. Among the best known applications within these suites are email, calendar, documents, spreadsheets, presentations and online storage.
Google and Microsoft continue to add their own flavors of additional components to their respective suites. For example, G Suite includes Forms, Drawings and My Maps and new Google Sites. Google Jamboard is a paid extra. Included extras at no additional charge are Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.
Microsoft Office 365 plans variously include Sway, Yammer, Skype for Business, Office 365 Video and Microsoft Teams. Continue reading G Suite vs Office 365: What’s Best For Your Company?
Updated: October 17, 2018
In March 2017, Google introduced a new online meeting experience called Hangouts Meet.
This capability is a major differentiator between consumer Gmail and business G Suite.
Almost all the component functionality (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Maps) that is available to a G Suite user is also available to a consumer Gmail user.
However, a Hangouts Meet meeting can only be initiated by someone who is part of an organization that is using G Suite and for which the Meet capability has been enabled for the G Suite organization. Continue reading Google Hangouts Meet vs GoToMeeting
There are many aspects to G Suite that can add energy to a business. Most of them are not available with standard web host email. Some are available with consumer Gmail.
Through continuous improvement, Google regularly adds new productivity features and functionality to G Suite.
Unless noted, all of the functionality below is included with G Suite at no extra cost. Google packs a lot of business value into G Suite beyond email, documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Here are 25 ways your business can use G Suite to increase productivity. Continue reading 25 Ways G Suite Can Increase Business Productivity
It’s a bit difficult to keep with Google’s various iterations of chat and Hangouts products.
However, Google has been honing its strategy and has come up with two well-thought-out business productivity offerings that complement G Suite’s core offerings.
Here is a roundup of the current Google Hangouts and Chat products, including the newest kid on the block. Continue reading A Roundup of Google’s Chat and Hangouts Apps
Gmail and G Suite use the same global data storage as Google’s search engine.
Google currently has 15 data global data centers. The first data center was built on the Oregon side of the Columbia River in 2006.
Google stores subscriber data (email, documents, spreadsheets, etc.) in small pieces. Each of those pieces is copied several times and stored in multiple geographic locations. Continue reading Where is G Suite Data Stored?
Updated: August 27, 2018
Google has made significant inroads into the small business market with G Suite. For business owners and employees who have been using consumer Gmail, moving to G Suite is an easy transition.
However, Google has faced several barriers to widespread G Suite enterprise adoption. Here are some of those blockers and what Google has been doing to address them. Continue reading G Suite Enterprise Adoption: Slow But Sure Progress
For anyone who is in sales and who uses either G Suite or Gmail, there’s a new sales productivity platform from Cirrus Insight that’s worth taking on a test drive.
Cirrus Insight’s flagship product was a Chrome extension for Gmail to Salesforce integration. Recently, the company expanded its offering to become a a broad and useful feature set for any user of Gmail or G Suite — regardless of whether they are using a specific CRM application.
Through a combination of internal inventions and acquisitions, Cirrus has assembled a “dream suite” of tools that most salespeople will appreciate.
Here is an overview of a few of the ways that salespeople can benefit from the Cirrus platform. Continue reading A Sales Productivity Tool for G Suite and Gmail Users
Gmail is the second most popular email client in the world after the iPhone email client. Gmail has over 1 billion users.
Some small businesses use the free version of Gmail for business communications. Other organizations make the move to G Suite, which includes Gmail for Business. Continue reading Gmail for Business Pricing: Three Levels
Google rebranded Google Apps to G Suite in September of 2016. According to Google Trends, since the rebranding, “google apps” has continued to be the more dominant search term.
Continue reading Google Apps vs G Suite Search Popularity
Google has released Jamboard, the first hardware component of G Suite.
Jamboard can be viewed as a digital whiteboard that’s sharable, in real time, across multiple locations. It has a 55-inch 4K touchscreen. Continue reading Google Jamboard: A Cloud-Connected Whiteboard
Update: On August 22, 2017, Google announced Chrome Enterprise, an effort to accelerate Chromebook for business use.
Chromebook runs on Google’s lightweight operating system, Chrome OS. Chrome OS is so lightweight that it doesn’t support running traditional locally installed business applications.
This is changing to to some degree, as several recent model Chromebooks support installed Android apps. Example models are the Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible and the Google Chromebook Pixel.
Many developers will need to make changes to their Android apps in order to fully support Chrome OS. Even if an app is made compatible with Chrome OS, it may not be as robust as its Windows or macOS counterpart.
Chromebooks ship with under 32GB of local storage. But this is more than enough space to run multiple Chrome extensions.
Chrome OS updates are easy and fast to apply. This makes Chromebook an attractively secure choice in light of recent ransomware attacks, in which older unpatched operating systems were exploited. Continue reading Chromebook for Business Use: An Alternative to Windows and macOS?
The adoption of G Suite began with small to mid-sized businesses. However, the shift to G Suite for enterprises is ostensibly underway.
At the March 2017 Google Cloud Next Conference, both Colgate and Verizon talked about their move to G Suite.
Colgate-Palmolive has moved 28,000 users to G Suite from IBM’s legacy Notes and Domino systems. Verizon is planning to move 150,000 users to G Suite. Continue reading G Suite for Enterprises: The Shift Has Begun
If your organization uses G Suite, you may have discovered that when you upload a video to Google Drive, it’s not simply a stored file — the video can be played inline.
What’s more, Google Drive uses the YouTube engine to play uploaded videos. When playing a Google Drive video, the interface has the appearance of a slimmed down version of the YouTube player. Continue reading Google Drive Videos: 6 Business Use Cases
Many CRM users, especially salespeople, live in Gmail. Because of this, a number of CRM vendors have developed Chrome extensions that provide access to CRM functionality within consumer Gmail and business Gmail (G Suite). A Chrome extension is a software program that adds functionality to the Chrome browser.
Historically, Chrome extensions have had little to no user interface. In fact, the original intent of Google’s developers was for extensions to be minimalist. From a user interface perspective, many extensions are no more than a button on the address bar.
As an example of basic functionality of a CRM for Gmail Chrome extension, a CRM user can search for records, edit records and add records — all without leaving Gmail. Some CRM vendors have taken their Chrome extensions to entirely new levels. Continue reading CRM for Gmail and G Suite: Chrome Extensions
Google Sheets is one of the productivity applications that’s included with free consumer Gmail and with G Suite [for business].
It is a cloud based spreadsheet application. No desktop software is needed to create and edit spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are stored in the cloud, on a virtual drive called Google Drive.
Google Sheets can be used for everything from basic calculations to sophisticated data analysis. Continue reading What is Google Sheets and How Does it Work?
Google Docs is one of the productivity applications that’s included with free consumer Gmail and with G Suite [for business].
Google Docs is a cloud-based word processor, which means that no desktop software is required to create and edit documents. Documents are stored on Google Drive, which is the cloud drive included with Gmail and G Suite.
Google Docs has all the core capabilities that can be found in traditional word processors. It also has a number of capabilities that relate to the fact that the documents are stored on a cloud drive (vs. on one person’s desktop). So, how does Google Docs work? Here are just a few of the capabilities.
Continue reading How Does Google Docs Work?
When a small business owner or manager decides to make the move from free consumer email addresses (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org) to custom email addresses (e.g., email@example.com), there are a number of business email options.
Aside from Microsoft, two of the most popular business email providers are Rackspace and Google.
As service providers, Google and Rackspace differ in many ways. However, they do overlap in a couple of areas. Continue reading Rackspace Webmail vs. G Suite For Small Business
There are two ways in which a G Suite user can have an unlimited number of inbound email addresses associated with their G Suite account. We’ll refer to these ways as “dimensions”, as they can be used in combination.
G Suite Email Aliases
The first dimension of unlimited email addresses are email aliases. Aliases are assigned to a user account by a G Suite admin. An admin can assign multiple values to what is technically called the Local-part of the email address, or the part before the @ sign.
In the following example, you will see that Lou’s default email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Lou must use this address to login to her email account. Continue reading How G Suite Gives Each User Unlimited Email Addresses
There are more similarities between free, consumer Gmail and G Suite than there are differences. In fact, G Suite can be viewed as a multi-user version of consumer Gmail.
When a single user platform becomes multi-user, an administrative layer is needed for tasks such as adding and deleting users, creating groups, assigning apps and managing security.
Fortunately, adding users to G Suite is a straightforward process for an admin. The creator of a G Suite account is a Super Admin by default. One or more admin roles can optionally be assigned to any user. One of the admin roles is called User Management Admin. This role allows a user to create, delete and update users — so, someone other than a Super Admin can be responsible for adding and removing users. Continue reading How to Add Users to G Suite
The topic of email security is all too frequently in the news. On September 22, 2016, the story broke that data associated with 500 million Yahoo! email accounts had been stolen in 2014.
There are many reasons why hackers spend their time trying to infiltrate email servers and email clients. Sometimes it’s to steal intellectual property. Continue reading Email Security and G Suite
One of the things that has prevented some organizations from making the switch to G Suite is the fact that they still would need to maintain and/or purchase Microsoft Office licenses for most of their users.
However, Office licenses may only be needed for a few power users within an organization, as there are two ways that any user can open and edit Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint files using Google Drive. “Power users” can include those who work with very large Excel spreadsheets or who rely on macros within certain Excel spreadsheets. It can also include those who need to exchange redlined Word documents with third parties.
There are two ways that G Suite users can edit Office files without the need for Office software. Continue reading G Suite: Editing Microsoft Office Files
G Suite users can now present data in Google Slides. And, this data can be presented in real time.
Until Google introduced this functionality, charts had to either be pasted as images into Google Slides or they had to be created using shapes. When the underlying data changed, a more up-to-date chart image had to be pasted into the slide or the shapes had to be modified. This could be very time consuming.
Google has provided two ways to embed data-driven charts right within individual slides. Continue reading Present Data in Google Slides – In Real Time