Employees: 300 Founded: 1968 Industry: Education Website: system.nevada.edu/Nshe
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) was formed in 1968 to oversee all state-supported higher education in the state of Nevada, including two doctoral-granting research universities, one state college, four community colleges and one research institute.
Approximately 98,000 students attend degree-granting campuses under NSHEs helm while the organization’s administrative component is made up of around 300 employees, led by an elected Board of Regents. 13 Board of Regents officials, each elected to six-year terms, set policies and approve budgets for Nevada’s entire public system of higher education.
From Lotus Notes to Google Apps
After running their organization on Lotus Notes for more than 15 years, NSHE’s messaging system was in need of an overhaul. According to James Unfried, NSHE’s Application Administrator, Notes’ maintenance costs, cumbersome hardware and miniscule disk space sent the organization looking for a new solution.
In 2011, Steven Zink, NSHE’s new Vice … Read more →
As our user base has steadily grown over the last year, we’ve made a concerted effort to stay in touch with as many customers as possible. Whether that’s through one on one training sessions, phone calls or our quarterly surveys, the success of BetterCloud is directly linked to the relationships we have with our expanding customer base. While ideally we’d like to personally call every FlashPanel customer, nearly 30,000 IT admins, that’s simply not possible. Instead, we’ve found the most efficient way to garner large scale and immediate feedback on our product and cloud adoption is through surveys like this one.
In this survey, we chose to focus on three key areas:
Profiling the Customer Mapping Out the Cloud Application Stack FlashPanel’s Role in Replacing Legacy Technologies
And here are some of the highlights:
The challenges of moving 100% to the cloud are becoming more surmountable and the benefits of doing so have evolved beyond cost considerations. According to customers surveyed, the length of time it will … Read more →
Employees: 700 (45 on Google Apps) Founded: 2000 Industry: Food and Beverage Website: www.bonedaddys.com
Founded in 2000, Bone Daddy’s, a chain of barbecue restaurants located throughout Texas, is dedicated to providing great food and a fun atmosphere for its customers. Currently operating six locations, the restaurant chain’s 700 employees serve over 1,400 pounds of pork and beef daily.
From Hosted Exchange to Google Apps
As an inherently decentralized company with locations throughout Texas, Bone Daddy’s began operating their business on a hosted Exchange server. But as the company continued to grow, the allotted 250 MB of data for each employee inbox quickly became inadequate.
In 2010, Bone Daddy’s faced a key decision: bring an Exchange server in house or migrate to Google Apps. Using a test group of 8 employees, each with veto power, Bone Daddy’s began to evaluate its options, eventually landing on Google Apps with the help of reseller Cloud … Read more →
Employees: 200 Founded: 1973 Industry: Retail Website: www.roots.com
Established in 1973, Roots has been Canada’s leading lifestyle brand for four decades. Known around the world for its quality leather goods and activewear, Roots got its humble start in Toronto when co-founders Michael Budman and Don Green founded the company – first as a natural footwear supplier.
Currently, Roots has more than 120 retail locations in the US and Canada with an additional 40 stores in Asia. While over the years, many of Roots styles and products have changed, the company is just as committed to its founding principles, which are based around health, wellness and protecting the environment.
Trading Up to the Cloud
Just as Roots’ products have changed with the times, their email system was in desperate need of an upgrade. About three years ago, Roots was faced with an important IT decision – replace their dying Exchange server with a new one, or move to … Read more →
Employees: 100+ Founded: 2009 Industry: Online Grocery Website: www.relayfoods.com
Relay Foods, an online grocer founded in 2009, sits between local farmers, artisanal vendors, supermarket chains and its customers. Originally founded in Charlottesville, Virginia, Relay aims to provide convenience and locally sourced food to its customers and has recently expanded to serve markets in DC, Baltimore and Williamsburg, VA and has plans to expand to North Carolina in 2014.
Relay provides both delivery and pickup services catered to its customers’ daily routines – pickup locations are conveniently located near offices, gyms and other stops key in the day to day commute. And this year, the company will be relaunching their website and introducing a new mobile app focused on providing more information about where food is sourced, recipes, detailed nutritional information and more.
On the operations side, Relay is adding fifteen vehicles to its fleet and a commercial kitchen, both of which will allow the company to … Read more →
Employees: 250 Founded: 1999 Industry: Food and Beverage Website: www.stumptowncoffee.com
When Duane Sorenson founded Stumptown Coffee Roasters in 1999, he set out with a unique mission: find the best coffee beans in the world, pay a living wage to the farmers who harvest them and raise the expectations around a cup of coffee.
Since its founding, Stumptown has stayed true to this mission. Even while expanding to both coasts and opening a brand new 37,000 square foot headquarters in Portland, Oregon, the company has upheld its commitment to both quality and community – both here in the US and abroad in the communities in which Stumptown farmers work and live.
When Stumptown moved to its new headquarters in the fall of 2012, the company also made the transition from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps. The move, which was accelerated by a server crash, was based on Google’s ubiquity and heavy integrations. According to … Read more →
Employees: 650 Founded: 1982 Industry: Food and Beverage Website: www.zingermanscommunity.com
In 1982 Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig opened Zingerman’s, a traditional Jewish deli, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The popular deli served as the starting point for Zingerman’s now expansive community of eight businesses, known as the ZCoB, all located in the Ann Arbor area. While franchising the original deli would have been the obvious option, Zingerman’s founders opted instead to grow the business by developing new independent organizations, all rooted in the local community.
Now, the eight different businesses work together as one organization, but are managed by different partners. Together, the businesses are home to more than 650 employees and include the original deli, a bakery, a creamery, a catering business and more. Zingerman’s was named The Coolest Small Company in America by Inc. Magazine.
Deprecating a Dying Exchange Server
A company like Zingerman’s that isn’t afraid to … Read more →
Employees: 60 Founded: 1985 Industry: Entertainment Website: www.clearwing.com
Since its founding in 1985, Clearwing, a Milwaukee based production company, has helped some of the nation’s largest brands and best known performing artists create, implement and produce top of the line audio and visual displays.
Whether it’s renovating the audio system at ASU’s Wells Fargo Arena or designing and building the Miller Lite branding effort at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Clearwing has proven itself as a leader in the entertainment production industry.
Migrating from GoDaddy to Google Apps
Three years ago, Clearwing decided to migrate from GoDaddy email services to Google Apps. According to Patrick Doran, Clearwing’s IT Manager, who joined the company this past November, “Google Apps is built rock solid.” By migrating to Apps, Clearwing would no longer have to worry about email quotas, reliability or spam filtering. Most importantly, the company loved the “overall ease of use and integration among Google products.”
Google Spreadsheets … Read more →
Last year, Conservation International was faced with a decision – upgrade their existing Exchange server or move to the cloud. After evaluating both Google Apps and Office 365, the nonprofit made a decision to ‘go Google.’ Read the case study to find out why.
Employees: 900 Founded: 1987 Industry: Nonprofit Website: www.conservation.org
Conservation International was founded in 1987 in order to alter the way society thinks about conservation. Rather than focusing on keeping places “intact as relics of the past,” CI works to ensure people can live in harmony with nature. By building on a strong foundation of science, partnership and field work, CI “empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, biodiversity and the well-being of humanity.”
Since its founding, the DC-based nonprofit has empowered communities around the globe to make conservation a part of their livelihoods and has formed critical partnerships with companies like Patagonia, Starbucks and even Wal-Mart. By working with some of … Read more →
Just last year, Synapse, a leader in engineering design services, left behind an aging Exchange server for Google Apps. Read on to learn how this cutting edge company is making the most of Apps with the help of FlashPanel.
Employees: 300 Founded: 2002 Industry: Engineering Design Services Website: www.synapse.com FlashPanel Customer Number: 1,907
Founded in 2002, Synapse works with the world’s leading companies to help them turn ideas into reality. Matching engineering and technology expertise with product management oversight, Synapse enables organizations to create products and experiences that change the way we live.
Based in Seattle with offices in San Francisco and Hong Kong, Synapse has helped companies like Nike, TomTom, Samsung and General Electric conceptualize and produce some of the world’s most inventive products.
Overcoming Growing Pains with Google Apps
While Synapse was producing cutting edge technology for its clients, the company’s email system was left to run on outdated on premise Exchange servers. As the company … Read more →