Google Apps investigate

Ask questions and get tips from the Google Apps deployment chief

Lots of companies are currently evaluating Google Apps. For them, TechRepublic has a special online event with the head of deployment for Google Apps.

Throughout 2010 we've been hearing from a lot of companies -- small businesses to sprawling enterprises -- that they are considering evaluating Google Apps as a replacement for their messaging software and office suites. TechRepublic has a unique opportunity for those companies.

On Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT we have a free webcast called "Best Practices for Moving to Google Apps" that will have Alex Diacre, Google Enterprise Head of Deployment, as the featured speaker. Keep in mind that this webcast is sponsored by Google, but it is not a sales pitch. It is an informational session in which users will have the opportunity to submit questions to the Google Apps deployment chief.

The official talking points for the event will include:

  • Learn how to scope your deployment process
  • Hear about the key design points for moving to Google Apps
  • Discover best practices that can be used by your organization

You can register here for the webcast, and when you do you will get the option to add it to your calendar.

As for why so many companies are now considering Google Apps, the top reasons we hear are cost and collaboration. Businesses can save a bundle of cash if they switch from Microsoft Exchange/Microsoft Office or from older technologies like Lotus Notes or Novell GroupWise. Of course, they are also switching to a simpler, less feature-rich solution, but some of them don't have a problem with that because they don't use most of the functionality in their current solution. The one big feature that Google Apps adds is better collaboration on business documents, and in some organizations that's a big selling point.

Here is Google's official blog post about this event.

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

6 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

While I'm not interested in this particular topic, it would be nice to see more 'Vendor Q&A' sessions in the future. If possible, more advance notice would be helpful. Not only would you probably get a larger audience, but it would enable participants to pre-file questions. Pre-filing would allow the vendor / speaker to tailor their content if they desired.

Juanita Marquez
Juanita Marquez

Palmetto makes good points about advance notice as well as desirability for vendors to answer the questions. I try to dip my toe into various enterprise software, even if I'm not currently affected by it, for roundness of knowledge as well as you just never know what's going to be at your next job assignment - or what the future will bring. It's also a good idea to look and be technically savvy by exploring new ideas before they show up on your doorstep.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Glad to hear you think this is a useful idea. I've been telling vendors for years that they need to bring their top product people to do this kind of Q&A with our audience. So, having a veteran community member affirm that this would be helpful gives us some additional ammo. We'll work on posting this earlier next time and we'll see about collecting questions before the event for big events like this.

jacobus57
jacobus57

I hope this will be available as a podcast, as I am committed to a client at 11 PDT. I am in the process of preparing for Google Apps deployment at a ~25 seat non-profit, so although I won't be able to participate, I know I can benefit from the content. Thanks!

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

After the live event, you'll be able to go back to the same link about 24 hours afterward and watch the event on-demand. It won't be available as a podcast per se (as a downloadable MP3), but you'll be able to relaunch the player and view the event in its entirety.