Google Apps

We could use a little help with our poll on Google Apps use

Are you actually using Google Apps and/or have you deployed Google Apps in your organization? Take the poll and share your experiences.

TechRepublic started the Google in the Enterprise Blog just about a month ago to help IT professionals get the most out of Google Docs, Google Apps, Chrome, Chrome OS, and all the other Google products used in business environments.

During the month, principal contributors Susan Cline and Kevin Purdy have shared their knowledge and expertise on topics ranging from choosing a Google Apps Reseller to the potential for Google + to end up in the workplace. I have been generally pleased by the response and think we have built a solid foundation for the blog's future.

However, looking over the past month or so I realized that we have not asked one simple, yet very important, question. How many TechRepublic members and IT professionals are actually using Google Apps and/or have deployed Google Apps in their organization? We should establish a base line measurement so we can measure growth (or the lack thereof) over time.

I would also be curious to know if your organization is planning to deploy Google Apps in the near future?

About

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.

12 comments
pschulz
pschulz

If you are happy that the CIA, FBI, KGB and whatever other organizations may be around snooping for data and playing God on the internet can have ALL your data at ALL times, then go ahead and go Cloud and go Google. There is NO way to protect your data if it's on the cloud - this is a myth. ALL the encryption algorithms can be cracked, and quickly, and you can be sure that above organizations are the first to have the power and resources to do just that. One can not even be sure that the "official" encryption algorithm don't have a little built in back door so that it's not so hard work for the CIA. You have no control over these algorithms - do you actually understand them? You also have no control over who releases them.

mwclarke1
mwclarke1

government requires all commercial encryption applications make available the private keys. So the NSA can access any internet content that uses commercial generated CERT's. Most think self signed certs are not as secure, but not rue as long as protect the private key. Why several federal agencies are only using self signed Certs for their applications so their NSA brothers can not eavesdrop on them :-)

clarnT
clarnT

. . . and when I can afford to pay for the security that Google has access to that's when I'll stop being nervous about all my information on my systems. If only I could convince the hoo-doos that we don't have the security Google has so I could get all our documents on Google docs.

markmonica
markmonica

Number of times Google or Google Apps has been hacked versus all the documents etc that have been exposed via "closed" government systems??

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer like.author.displayName 1 Like

Number of times Google or Google Apps has sold information to advertisers and data miners versus all the information that has been sold via "closed" government systems??

Alpha_Dog
Alpha_Dog

"NO" will work in a pinch. We are a federal subcontractor and state contractor. If I can't use S3 and EC2 for some of what we do, I don't think I'll be using Google Docs. Nice idea though.

spdragoo
spdragoo

Working for a state agency, we're limited in the information we can give out to people over the phone. Placing our documents & information "in the cloud" poses too large of a risk...especially with the whole issue over their Terms of Service.

Slayer_
Slayer_ like.author.displayName 1 Like

OpenOffice is a more viable solution compared to googledocs.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

but I don't see us shifting to third-party cloud-based apps any time in the next three to five years. We're in the US; our corporate MRP / ERP system is based in Italy. We have enough trouble on the quarterly-or-so occasions when that's down to give senior management a bad taste for moving other apps out of the computer room.

Slayer_
Slayer_

We would never outsource the handling of our documents.

bboyd
bboyd like.author.displayName 1 Like

you are good to go.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Are you actually using Google Apps and/or have you deployed Google Apps in your organization? What has been your experience? What is good about Google Apps and what is bad? Are you planning to deploy Google Apps in the future? Where are you in the deployment timeline?