It was just about 1 year ago when Google announced 61 of the top 100 universities in the United States are leveraging Google Apps for Education. This week the Google Enterprise team announced 72 of the top 100 have now Gone Google. The Enterprise team also announced 7 of the 8 Ivy League Universities have Gone Google as well. These organizations are some of the most innovative places on earth so they need Apps that can keep up!
In 2007, two companies made a choice to upgrade their Exchange 2003 environments. One company decided to implement Exchange 2007, the other company implemented the Premier Edition of Google Apps (as Google Apps for Business was previously called). At that time these two companies both chose a path, a continuum. At the time, these two decisions would not be perceptibly different from each other to most people. However, look at these two environments again today and the extremes are indeed quite distinct. Why? Because one firm was leveraging Innovation as a Service and the other was leveraging a software product (hosted or on-premises), innovation not included.
Making the choice to Go Google with Google Apps for Business, Government or Education is an important decision. We understand it is a decision people do not enter into lightly. Organizations have a responsibility to fully evaluate all their options. More than 4 million businesses have made the move to Google Apps, sometimes knowing who has already decided to Go Google can be comforting and enlightening.
Umzuzu announced today that it has become a Premier SMB Reseller of the Google Apps™ suite of communication and collaboration tools. This new designation from Google enables customers to more easily assess a reseller’s expertise advising on and deploying Google products. Umzuzu was recognized by Google as a Premier Reseller based on their expertise and success in helping customers deploy and use Google Apps.
THE MODERN CLASSROOM OF TOMORROW LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THE CLASSROOM OF TODAY. You don't need a computer lab, you don't need servers, you don't expensive software, you don't need to bulldoze your way through upgrades, you don't need any of this clutter - you just need the Web.
Today there are about 70 applications included with Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Government and Google Apps for Education. When Umzuzu moved our first business to Google Apps in 2006, there was one, Gmail for Business. Every year that customer has gotten dozens of new features for Christmas without buying more software, updating servers or worrying about migration projects. It didn't even matter if they were naughty or nice - all they needed was their favorite web browser.
Just a few years ago the type of functionality in Hangouts was only available to the world's richest businesses. Now it's available to any sized business, school, government agency or nonprofit. The world is changing and the nature of business is changing. Are your applications keeping up or frozen in time? Hint: It's not 2010 anymore!
If your employees are leveraging Dropbox to get work done, you should give them Dropbox. More importantly, you should control Dropbox in the same way the firm manages other technologies - email, calendaring, the phone system, laptops, project management, Word, etc.
Umzuzu is a small, bootstrapped firm in the Kansas City area. Certainly year 11 is much easier than year 1, but we never forget our roots. We understand the desire and value of the DIY projects. They can often save money, especially initially. But as we all know, DIY projects can be surprisingly complex!
On January 16th, Google announced upcoming pricing changes to G Suite. Starting on April 2, 2019, G Suite Basic Edition will increase by $1 (from $5 or $4.16 to $6 per user/month) and G Suite Business Edition will increase by $2 (from $10 to $12 per user/month). Save more than 40% by contacting us prior to 4/2/2019!