What Is Google Apps for Business?

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Sometimes it seem as though Google is everywhere. When most people think of Google, they think of internet search. What many people, including a lot of small business owners and managers, don’t yet realize is that Google also provides a suite of powerful business productivity tools called Google Apps for Business.

Google Apps for Business is a productivity suite that can help business teams connect and get work done on any device from anywhere. These tools have functional capabilities that are similar to traditional office suite software programs like Microsoft office. Some of the many apps include Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites. The difference between Google Apps and traditional office suites is that Google Apps work in the cloud. Cloud computing enables businesses to work mobile. All that is needed is an internet connection.

Some of the benefits of Google Apps for Business include:

Better email management – If you use Outlook Express you know how tricky it can be to dredge through scores of emails trying to discern what’s going on with a particular project. With the Gmail for Business group message feature, you can turn email messages into conversation threads where all the messages relate to one another. Much easier to keep strait.

Integrated scheduling – Google Calendar for Business enables you to create individual calendars for everyone on your team, and synchronize their schedules. You can also create calendars for resources like meeting rooms and equipment. Google Calendar also enables you to invite people to events and appointments, and share calendars between staff and others if you wish.

Better document collaboration – With Google Docs everyone on your team can edit the same document from any device, anywhere, in real time. The changes are instantaneous for everyone to see.

Unlimited mobility – With Google Apps for Business you can synchronize your calendar and email with your smartphone or tablet and work from anywhere on the planet. All your documents can be edited and viewed from your phone, tablet or laptop anywhere. No more flash drives or memory sticks to deal with.

Centralize project data and documents – With Google Sites you can create secure web pages that you can use as intranets for team projects. You can also create a traditional website that you can take live when you create a domain name and arrange for web hosting.

Communicate in real time – Google’s chat feature enables your team to communicate online in real time.

If you’d like to learn more about how Google Apps for Business can improve productivity at your company,contact us.