Eight years after its inception, Google Apps stands as a force to be reckoned with. More organizations are migrating away from on-premises legacy systems and trading up to the cloud, spurring Google to invest more energy into the suite every year. In the past few months alone, we’ve seen major upgrades from Google like completely overhauled spreadsheets, a new conferencing system and additional API offerings, which have allowed developers like BetterCloud to provide even more functionality to our customers. Clearly, the suite is evolving and cloud services brokerages and Google Apps resellers have stepped up to the plate to bring Google Apps to organizations around the world.
The ecosystem is complicated, involving many moving parts – Google, partners, third-party vendors and customers – but there is very little data on the growth, challenges, opportunities and success of the ecosystem as a whole. That’s why we’ve made a concerted effort to survey our customers and release statistics surrounding the health and evolution of the Google Apps ecosystem.
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This winter, the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps, the only consortium of Google Apps-related independent software vendors, in conjunction with research firm, Frost & Sullivan, released the results of the second bi-annual State of the Google Apps Ecosystem report.
Based on survey answers from 1,158 Google Apps administrators and end-users, the report reveals new information regarding satisfaction with Google Apps, the role third party applications play in the use of the Google Apps suite, a growing willingness by both admins and end-users to spend their own money to purchase third party applications and lastly, the diminishing reliance on Microsoft Office products.
For complete survey results, please visit cloudallianceforgoogleapps.com/report.
Since Google launched Google Apps in 2006, there’s been considerable growth and adoption of the suite. The last reported numbers state that there are over 5 million organizations on Google Apps with 50 million users and it seems like more organizations go Google everyday – in fact the US Army went Google this week!
We’ve rounded up 47 of the most important stats alluding to the platform’s adoption, growth and future.
Moving to the Cloud
We’ve known for a while that a large shift is underway in the realm of IT. The move to the cloud, first propelled by early adopters and championed by Google, Salesforce.com and others is becoming more and more mainstream.
According to Mark Murphy, an enterprise software analyst at Piper Jaffray, today 9.7% of all computing workloads are run in the public cloud. However, that number is expected to rise to 30.2% in just five years, adding up to 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud compared to just 8.9% growth for on-premise computing workloads. Source. In … Read more →
After nearly two years of focusing solely on Google Apps, we’ve decided to expand our vision beyond Apps and to the cloud at large. While organizations initially migrate to the cloud to gain collaboration, cost savings and scalability, once there they often find a lack of management and security capabilities. Cloud enabled companies are therefore forced to cobble together multiple management and security tools from various vendors or even build their own custom solutions to simply oversee the applications they rely on every day.
Today, we’re aiming to solve this dilemma by providing a single pane through which IT administrators can manage and secure their entire cloud application stack. To help us do so, we’ve closed a $6 million Series B round of funding from existing investors including Flybridge Capital Partners, Greycroft Partners, TriBeCa Venture Partners and BLH Venture Partners, bringing our total investment to $13.25 million.
This latest investment will go towards growing our existing engineering team to accelerate Google Apps development while also adding a new team dedicated to extending FlashPanel’s functionality to other leading cloud applications.
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During my time in the Google Apps space – about 4 years – I’ve experienced hundreds of migrations, interacted with thousands of Google Apps administrators and have seen how millions of businesses benefit from the platform year after year. However, all too often, the move to Google Apps is seen as everything that comes before and up until the migration. But there’s so much more to be done once you make the move to the cloud. So here, in my own words is a comprehensive guide to rolling out Google Apps post migration. Please leave your own best practices in the comments section below.
While most readers have already gone Google, it’s important to keep in mind that once you’ve completed the migration – in other words “flipped the switch” – the work is not over. Not only does Google introduce hundreds of updates every year, but the makeup of your organization changes over time as employees come and go.
While the cloud definitely has its benefits, operating on a new platform changes the dynamics within your organization. Features that make the cloud so great, like the ability to … Read more →
Today, Google began rolling out a completely redesigned Google Apps Admin Console (existing customers will see it in mid-May), which aims to provide IT administrators with an improved interface for managing their Google Apps domains.
This post details what the new Admin Console means for Google Enterprise and includes our take on the new design as well as an in-depth look at the new Admin Console. To navigate this post, use the following links:
The New Admin Console What This Means for Google Enterprise What We’ve Learned from these Changes Exploring the New Admin Console The New Admin Console
Since Google Apps’ launch in 2006, the Admin Console has been a point of both contention and necessity, offering tools to manage a Google Apps domain, but hiding that functionality beneath layers of unnavigable interface. While Google notes that the new Admin Console does not add any new functionality, it does give Google Apps administrators an easier way to manage their domains thanks to a revamped designed. Key elements of the redesign include:
More intuitive, cleaner navigation – Surfaces clear categories of features in an easy … Read more →
Our Q1 customer survey of over 18,000 Google Apps admins revealed a number of interesting trends – including the fact that over 60% of Google Apps customers are minimizing further investment in MS Office products. Read more →
When we started BetterCloud we made it company policy to stay in touch with our customers. As a part of this relationship, we recently surveyed our customers to find out more about their use of FlashPanel, our Google Apps security and management tool. Based on the data we collected, we’ve already implemented the top two requested features and have plans to make a number of additional improvements.The remaining survey data, which follows below, revealed some valuable information about Google Apps and the cloud ecosystem as a whole. It’s amazing what you can learn from your customers if you just take the time to ask.
Two weeks ago, we sent out a survey to our entire customer base of more than 10,000 Google Apps domains. With customers ranging from small nonprofits to large organizations with over 100,000 seats, the 1,300 responses we received covered the entire spectrum of the Google Apps customer base. In the process we gained valuable insight into Google Apps adoption and the overall outlook on cloud-based IT strategies.
After collecting the data, we broke responses into three segments: small businesses (fewer than … Read more →
As the founding member of the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps, BetterCloud is pleased to announce tomorrow’s upcoming webinar “Close Deals Faster by Optimizing Email Prospecting” featuring Yesware Co-Founder and CEO, Matthew Bellows.
Please join us tomorrow at 2:00 PM ET where Matthew will lead a demo of Yesware, used by over 50,000 sales people worldwide, review use cases from top customers like Hubspot, Groupon and Adroll, discuss upcoming product features and answer any questions you may have.
October 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT Close Deals Faster by Optimizing Email Prospecting Register here
About Cloud Alliance for Google Apps Founded in 2011, the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps is a trusted network of independent cloud software providers that build and deploy applications heavily integrated with the Google Apps platform. Members include AwayFind, BetterCloud, Expensify, Harvest, Insightly, Lucidchart, Okta, RunMyProcess, ShuttleCloud, Smartsheet, Spanning Backup and Yesware.
Google Apps has created a secure way to work and collaborate in the Cloud. However, the cloud has given rise to mobile computing, meaning your users are likely logged into corporate accounts on personal mobile devices and tablets, putting your company at unnecessary risk in case of employee negligence or theft. To protect against lost or stolen devices and ensure unauthorized users are not gaining access to your Google Apps environment, you should regularly reset user account passwords.
Our Google Apps management and security tool, FlashPanel, allows super administrators to create, schedule and enforce regular password resets to protect your domain.
To schedule a password policy, select Enforce Reset Passwords under Security Tools on your FlashPanel homepage.
Once you’ve entered the Password Reset home screen, select Set Up to proceed with the policy creation.
You can then enter and confirm the new password and select whether or not you’d like your users … Read more →