6 Reasons BuzzFeed Uses FlashPanel to Manage Google Apps

To read the BuzzFeed case study, visit flashpanel.com/buzzfeed.

1. To edit Google Group permissions in bulk – something you can’t do in the Google Admin Console.


2. To deprovision users. Saying goodbye is never easy, but a custom checklist can help.

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3. To create a policy forcing users to reset their Google Apps account password every three months.

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4. To view the third-party apps that can access their Google Apps data.


5. To see how documents created by BuzzFeed employees are shared.

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6. And to create users, because it’s … Read more →

Design Within Reach – A BetterCloud Case Study

dwr Employees: 400 Founded: 1999 Industry: Retail Website: www.dwr.com

Founded by Rob Forbes in 1999, Design Within Reach makes authentic, modern design accessible. DWR customers can browse furnishings in any of the company’s 40 Studios, online or in their monthly catalog, making often exclusive, hard-to-find furniture readily available.

New Location, New Platform

In 2010, after years operating on Microsoft Exchange, Design Within Reach was ready to make a change. Necessitated by the company’s move from San Francisco to Stamford, Connecticut, implementing another on-premise Exchange server in their new headquarters was cost prohibitive. Instead, the company explored hosted options, primarily Exchange. Eventually though, DWR moved to Google Apps with the help of Cloud Sherpas, a leading cloud services brokerage. The company’s Senior Systems Analyst, Tim Go, noted that Google Apps was far more affordable and simpler than switching to a hosted provider.

Designing a Better Google Apps Experience

After migrating to Google Apps, Mr. Go saw adoption of and satisfaction with the platform increase every month. But, while the team was growing to love operating in the cloud, Go … Read more →

Nevada System of Higher Education – A BetterCloud Case Study

NSHE-Seal 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 Chancellor for Information Technology, arrived with just the solution: Google Apps. Dr. Zink, who had been running his own Apps … Read more →

Google Apps Provides the Critical Foundation for a Growing Cloud Application Stack

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 take before we reach full cloud adoption is not far off.

In a very short period, Google Apps has … Read more →

Bone Daddy’s – A BetterCloud Case Study

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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 Sherpas.

According to Doug Wittrup, Bone Daddy’s IT Manager (and Head of Beverage Development), Google Apps was a perfect fit … Read more →

Roots Canada – A BetterCloud Case Study

Roots_logo-current 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 the cloud.

According to Aaron Drever, Roots’ Technical Services Manager, moving to Google Apps was a better fit for the … Read more →

Relay Foods – A BetterCloud Case Study

Relay FoodsEmployees: 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 add more pickup locations, develop in-house prepared foods and expand its product offerings from local vendors.

Working from Anywhere with … Read more →

Stumptown Coffee – A BetterCloud Case Study

Stumptown Coffee Roasters 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.

Going Google

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 Kevin Corbett, one of Stumptown’s IT Managers, the suite is “so much more than just email.”

Just one year after … Read more →

Zingerman’s – A BetterCloud Case Study

Zingerman's 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 do something different, went searching for alternative options to a dying Exchange server in 2008. According to Elph Morgan, Zingerman’s … Read more →

Clearwing Productions – A BetterCloud Case Study

Clearwing ProductionsEmployees: 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 in particular have transformed how the company coordinates major production events. “Team members collaborate and build out spreadsheets for each … Read more →