What is Google Apps?

Google Apps is a suite of web-based messaging and collaboration applications. Google provides these applications as a "service," rather than as software you have to download and install. To access these applications, you simply use a web browser on any computer that's connected to the Internet.  

Why did we choose Google Apps?

Based on our recent growth and cost, we looked for an email and calendar solution that could provide us the following benefits:
  • Lower infrastructure costs 
  • Ability to consolidate our platforms 
  • Lower support costs 
  • Innovative solutions
  • Highly scalable environment
  • Access to services from anywhere, at anytime
  • More collaboration features 

What does Google Apps include?

Your new Google Apps account will include the following services:

Google Calendar Google Talk Google Docs Google Sites Google Drive

  • Lots of storage — You get a full 25 GB of online storage for your email (much more than the 250 MB you have now), so you can archive all of your email online. You'll no longer need to worry about deleting messages or saving them in offline folders.
  • Enhanced message organization and retrieval — With Gmail, you'll spend less time managing folders and searching for messages. For example, you can add one or more tags, or "labels," to your messages to organize and store them more efficiently. And with the Google-powered search feature, you can find any message quickly and easily, whether it's in your Inbox or stored in your message archive.
  • Easier calendar sharing — Google Calendar lets you and your team quickly and easily share your calendars with each other and specify the details you want to show. Calendar sharing is a great way to keep each other informed about your schedules. Now it's easier than ever to find out if someone is in a meeting, on a business trip, or on vacation.
  • Integrated chat — With the Google Talk instant messaging application, you can communicate instantly with other people in our organization right from the Gmail interface.
  • Real-time collaboration — Using Google Docs, you can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and more, that you and your team can view and edit at the same time. You can still use your Microsoft Office products as needed, but now you'll have more options for storing and collaborating on your documents. 
  • Easy-to-build team web sites — With Google Sites, your team has the ability to quickly publish a robust internal web site on which to gather all sorts of shared information, such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, files, and videos. You can even embed Google calendars, discussion forums, and other gadgets on your site!