Google Apps

If nothing else we can be certain there is plenty of interest in Google Apps

After a little over a month of existence, the TechRepublic Google in the Enterprise Blog has proven one thing for certain; there is definitely interest in the business community for Google Apps.

TechRepublic started the Google in the Enterprise Blog in June 2011, and after a little over a month of existence, we can say with conviction that there is a significant amount of interest in Google Apps in the business community. The allure of cost savings, out sourced maintenance, and available anywhere cloud access, among other attributes, is very appealing to small, medium, and large businesses alike.

But there is also still a certain amount of distrust and uncertainty about security and access controls. This concern is tempering enthusiasm for cloud-computing and companies like Google are going to have to address them if they want to continue to grow customers.

The Google in the Enterprise weekly newsletter helps professionals get the most out of Google Docs, Google Apps, Chrome, Chrome OS, and all the other Google products used in business environments.

In our first poll in the Google in the Enterprise Blog (GitE), taken in June 2011, we wondered how many TechRepublic members were using Google Apps in their businesses. The results suggest some 85% are using or thinking about using Google Enterprise or Google Apps.

We are currently running a secondary poll asking a very similar question to see if the results coincide. Has your attitude toward Google Apps changed recently? What concerns do you have about Google Apps?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

4 comments
bitdoctor
bitdoctor

Granted, G+ is in Beta, but once linked to other apps, beware! The reports are stating that it has something to do (in some cases) with a "rogue verification app" - Google tries to verify that you ARE who you say you ARE - and many people simply use "aliases," and that app has yet to be fine-tuned, so to speak; so, when it finds a pseudonym in a G+ profile, like "Mix Doctor" then, if it cannot verify that your first name really is "Mix" and last name "Doctor," then it disables your profile (that's an oversimplification, but you get the picture). So, yes, things like this, without any word from Google on what is causing it, the resolution, whether the "wrongly disabled profiles" soon will be re-enabled, whether the verification app will be taken off-line (Dave: "Open the pod bay doors, Hal." Hal: "I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that.") until it is brought under control. Imagine having a gmail account for YEARS and then you decide to try G+ and your long-standing gmail account gets disbaled!

bitdoctor
bitdoctor

Have you been UNDER A ROCK?! Have you not seen the blogs and "lynch mobs" forming, since Google's recent spate of "Robotic Disabling of Google+ profiles" - many of which did NOT violate a single TOS, and yet Google also is disabling the "related apps," and not just G+ streams; for example, some of the folks had their gmail accounts disabled, calendars, etc. - many with no warning, or a vague statement, "Your account has been disabled due to violation of Google's Terms of Service." umm... just 'Google' it; you'll see.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Has your attitude toward Google Apps changed recently? What concerns do you have about Google Apps?

Harry.Hiles
Harry.Hiles

...but lacks some essentials like offline mode. Also, the spreadsheet and text writer app lacks the necessary features to be my primary apps. Because of this, LibreOffice is my main app for docs and spreadsheets, which also solves the offline issue. Until Google wakes up and realizes that most people do not have 24/7 gigabit Internet access and provides a workable offline solution, Google Apps will just be a part-time app.