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Adapting to Cloud IT: My First 30 Days

At BetterCloud, we make it possible for companies to adapt cloud office solutions to their enterprise IT needs. As you’d expect, our own IT infrastructure is entirely cloud-based. I started here just one month ago, and I’ve already decided: I wouldn’t want to work any other way. The Old Way Over the four years I worked at a large nonprofit, I experienced a typical enterprise IT infrastructure: onsite servers, a desktop software suite, sharing via folders on network drives, the … Read more

Event: NYC February Google Apps Meetup

When: February 3rd, 6pm Where: BetterCloud office, 14th floor, 330 7th Avenue, New York  Insider threats are growing. State privacy laws are getting stricter. And your company’s information is a juicier target than ever. Data loss prevention is supposed to help, but legacy DLP deployments are increasingly ineffective. There’s a storm coming, but the answer might lie in the cloud. BetterCloud’s mad-scientist IT head, Tim Burke, will tell you how cloud-based DLP can minimize risk and give you X-ray vision. … Read more

How to Create an Email Signature for Yourself or Your Company

Has an email signature ever made you cringe? One of the reporters at my college newspaper had a signature that ended with a quote: “Only shooting stars break the mold.” Every time I got to the end of one of her messages, I rolled my eyes, and I bet the professors and politicians she emailed had a similar reaction. I’ve seen other people get creative with fonts, slapping Comic Sans or Papyrus onto their text. You’ve got your own stories, … Read more

Shadow IT: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

If you’re an IT administrator, take a moment to think like Linda from Legal. Sure, Linda uses your mandated tools. If you’re in a traditional IT environment that could mean Outlook, Word, and a shared network drive. But like every other computer user on the planet, Linda uses a few tools you don’t have control over. Maybe she uses: LastPass to manage the many logins your company requires. Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets to make it easier to work from … Read more

FleetPride – A BetterCloud Case Study

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Founded in 1999, FleetPride is the largest independent distributor of aftermarket heavy-duty truck and trailer parts with more than 256 locations in 45 states across the US. Employees: 3,400 Founded: 1999 Industry: Distribution & Retail Website: fleetpride.com Scaling Cross-Country with Google Apps Since its founding more than a decade ago, FleetPride has expanded rapidly across the country. Three years ago, FleetPride’s IT department realized their in-house Exchange system simply wasn’t going to keep up with continued expansion without expensive and time-intensive … Read more

Cloud Alliance for Google Apps Expands with Addition of AODocs, Boost eLearning, Cirrus Insight, Clearlogin, GQueues, Mavenlink, ProsperWorks and Virtru

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Today BetterCloud is very pleased to announce the addition of eight new strategic partners to the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps. New members include AODocs, Boost eLearning, Cirrus Insight, Clearlogin, GQueues, Mavenlink, ProsperWorks and Virtru, the makers behind some of the most widely used security and productivity applications available to Google Apps customers today. Comprised of the Google Apps Marketplace’s leading vendors, the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps seeks to establish industry best standards, publish groundbreaking content on the state of … Read more

6 Predictions for Cloud Office in 2015: Google for Work vs. Office 365

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2014 was a big year for both Google and Microsoft. Satya Nadella stepped in as Microsoft’s new CEO and set out to change the company’s image by focusing on cloud and mobile-first strategies. Google has continued to pour more resources into Google Apps, rebranding this year as Google for Work. Cloud office is undoubtedly an exciting space and this is an exciting time to be a player in the ecosystem. Organizations are moving to the cloud and changing how they … Read more

Google Introduces Streamlined Partner Program for Google for Work and Education

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Today Google announced broad changes to its existing partner programs that will create a more streamlined channel, allowing partners to better sell, service and innovate across both the Google for Work and Education platforms. New measures will unify existing programs across Apps, Chrome, Cloud Platforms, Maps and Search into one Google for Work and Education Partner Program. Partners have long been key to Google’s success in the enterprise and EDU spaces and selling through the channel has traditionally served enterprise … Read more

Best Practices for Determining Access Roles in Google Apps

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Eli is Director of Customer Success at BetterCloud. More than 5 million organizations around the world rely on Google Apps every single day. And at the core of every Google Apps deployment is someone responsible for overseeing its success. Whether you’re at a small business and the person in charge of administering Apps is the CEO or you’re part of a larger organization with a built out IT team, it’s vital to make sure the right people have the right … Read more

How to Create a Google Apps Security Program in 3 Steps

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As IT departments, and CISOs in particular, learn more about data security in the cloud and the pitfalls of a firewall-free reality make themselves known, demand for added security around file storage, creation, collaboration and the use and installation of third-party applications has increased. While the cloud brings with it tremendous benefits – the ability to access data from anywhere, mobility, flexible third-party add-ons and extensions – this new paradigm has left CISOs grasping for new strategies and frameworks their … Read more