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Bring Enhanced Security and Visibility to Your Google Apps Domain with Apps Explorer


Today, we’re very pleased to announce the general availability of our cloud application access dashboard, Apps Explorer. First released in beta late last year, Apps Explorer is now available to all FlashPanel Enterprise customers. The dashboard is the first of its kind to provide IT administrators with the ability to monitor and control the use of third-party applications installed via the Google Apps Marketplace, Chrome Web Store, Google Play Store, Apple’s App Store and others. Though the cloud has brought … Read more

FlashPanel Enterprise Feature Update: Scheduled Reports


Today, we’re very pleased to announce powerful new reporting functionality in FlashPanel Enterprise*. Scheduled Reports, the application’s latest feature addition, gives Google Apps administrators and those with delegated access the ability to build and (you guessed it) schedule reports to run at desired times. Scheduled reports joins FlashPanel Enterprise’s other reporting features – Canned Reports and Custom Reports – to give IT administrators a full suite of powerful, easy-to-use reporting tools that keep you and your team up to date … Read more

FlashPanel Customer Survey: Chromebooks and Hangouts Surging, Google Apps Admin Best Practices and How Google’s Channel Has Accelerated Cloud Adoption


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, … Read more

6 Reasons BuzzFeed Uses FlashPanel to Manage Google Apps


To read the BuzzFeed case study, visit 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. 3. To create a policy forcing users to reset their Google Apps account password every three months. 4. To view the third-party apps that can access their Google Apps data. 5. To see how documents created by BuzzFeed employees … Read more

Introducing the FlashPanel Blog, Your Go-To Resource for FlashPanel News, Tips and Admin Best Practices


Today I’m very pleased to announce a new editorial outlet specifically geared towards current and prospective FlashPanel and Google Apps administrators: the FlashPanel Blog. Several months in the making, the FlashPanel blog will serve as the ultimate resource for IT administrators using FlashPanel to manage and secure their Google Apps domain. Rest assured, the BetterCloud blog will continue to feature high-level Google Apps and cloud thought leadership pieces from our CEO, David Politis, as well as company milestones, customer news … Read more

FlashPanel’s New Google+ Security and Management Features


Katie is a Product Owner at BetterCloud. Just last week we announced a completely revamped shared contacts experience for FlashPanel users. And today, I’m very excited to share that we’re giving IT administrators even more functionality when it comes to managing and securing their Google Apps domains. Now with FlashPanel, IT administrators can manage, audit and secure Google+ posts made from employees’ work-related accounts. Ensuring Social Networking Accountability FlashPanel’s new Google+ auditing features allow administrators and others with delegated access … Read more

How to Create Shared Contacts in Google Apps


Nathaniel Collum is a Product Owner at BetterCloud. Today we’re very pleased to announce a brand new feature update for FlashPanel. We’ve rebuilt, redesigned and rebranded FlashPanel’s Shared Contacts feature as “Contacts.” Admins and end users alike will notice several important updates improving the overall usability of the feature. The Basics First things first, if you’re new to FlashPanel or Google Apps, you might be wondering just what a contact is. Contacts represent individuals who’ve been added to FlashPanel’s directory. … Read more

BetterCloud Launches Apps Explorer for FlashPanel to Provide Third-Party App Monitoring

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For organizations operating on the Google Apps platform, Google sits the core of enterprise user identity. And with 5,000 organizations signing up for Google Enterprise products everyday, this trend is accelerating rapidly. Using their Google identity, users and admins alike can install thousands of mobile and web applications through the Google Apps Marketplace, Chrome Web Store, Google Play Store, Apple’s App Store and others. With so much variety, the IT department’s need for visibility into and control over the applications … Read more

BetterCloud Raises $6 Million to Bring IT Management and Security Suite to the Cloud Stack


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 … Read more

Introducing Access Control by OU for FlashPanel


As many of you probably know, last week marked a huge milestone for BetterCloud – FlashPanel graduated from beta. This was an event 14 months in the making and it took some serious effort from our team and support from our customers, partners and the community to get here. Last week’s release included a number of big changes, including the integration of our billing system into FlashPanel. This system automates the purchasing process and provides for a seamless experience for … Read more