Recently(ish) gone Google

Gone Google

Google Apps for Work is a suite of online tools built to help you and your employees communicate and collaborate more effectively.

You get email, video meetings, documents and more – and access to them from anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Over 5 million businesses have gone Google

Here are some of the organizations that have recently(ish) gone Google:

Ambush Security
Ambush Security keep homes safe with Google Apps

CookNSolo Restaurants
CookNSolo Restaurants’ secret sauce is Google Apps

The DreamYard Preparatory School
DreamYard Prep helps students showcase artistry and scholarship with Google Apps for Education

dotHIV
dotHIV raises funds to fight AIDS with help from Google Apps

Gandy’s
Gandy’s creates fashionable footwear for good using Google Apps

Boticca
Boticca brings beautiful designs into a global marketplace with Google Apps for Work

FarmDrop
FarmDrop creates a company of real food revolutionaries using Google Apps

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Advice from a Chief Innovation Officer

Wool and the Gang
Wool and the Gang powers a global network of makers using Google Apps

Kano
Kano taps Google Apps for creating ‘magic’ in DIY computer business

University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin makes teaching happen anywhere, anytime with Google Apps and Drive for Education

Contact us if you’d like to find out how your company can benefit by going Google.

Apps Vault – Search and Export

Google Apps Vault logo

Google Apps Vault is an add-on for Google Apps that lets you retain, archive, search, and export your organization’s email and chat messages for your eDiscovery and compliance needs.

You can also search and export your organization’s files in Google Drive. Vault is entirely web-based, so there’s no need to install or maintain any software.

Use Vault to manage, retain, search and export your organization’s Google Apps data for your eDiscovery, compliance and legal needs.

This video shows you how to do a quick search and export for Gmail and Google Drive content.

 

If you’re a JBIT client using Google Apps but not using Vault, drop us a line at support@jbit.com.

If you’re not yet one of our customers, contact us to discuss your requirements.

Inside a Google data center

Joe Kava, VP of Google’s Data Center Operations, gives a tour inside a Google data center, and shares details about the security, sustainability and the core architecture of Google’s infrastructure.

Google was the first major Internet services company to gain external certification of its high environmental and workplace safety standards at all of its US data centers.

 

Google’s data centers

For over ten years, Google has been building some of the most efficient data centers in the world. Google owns and operates its own data centers globally to keep their products and services running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Security is part of Google’s DNA. Google builds custom servers exclusively for its data centers, never selling or distributing them externally. They’ve also designed them so they don’t include unnecessary hardware or software, reducing the number of potential vulnerabilities.

Google’s servers are high-performance computers that run all the time. They’re the core of their data centers, and Google designed them to use as little energy as possible.

By switching to Google Apps (PDF), companies have reduced office computing costs, energy use, and carbon emissions by 65% to 90%. Additionally, businesses that use Gmail (PDF) running in Google’s data centers have decreased the environmental impact of their email service by up to 98% compared to those that run email on local servers.

Google’s data centers

Image of Google Data Centers

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It has been almost eleven months since our last post. This breaks rule number one; blog regularly. It also gives the impression we’re not around which couldn’t be further from reality.

Like many of you, we’ve been busy. Very busy. We’re busier year-on-year across every metric we track with regard to client work. We’ve also been improving, enhancing, and expanding internally, with regard our tools and infrastructure.

We’ve been re-writing our website from the ground up. Honestly, we should have gone live well before now (the range of services on our site are so out of date) but increased client work has delayed this on several occasions.

We’ve considered outsourcing our website’s development, but we really do want to build it in-house for multiple reasons. We don’t have an estimate to go-live just yet. When we do, we’ll provide updates on here and Twitter.

We have been somewhat active on our main Twitter account, @JBITcom, but again, not nearly enough. We hope to increase this with the launch of our new site.

For anyone who may have missed it, we have launched a new status page, jbit.io. We provide real-time updates on any issues affecting our infrastructure and third-parties on which we, and many of our clients, depend.

So, hopefully not too far into the future we’ll be able to show what we’ve been working on.

Google helps schools stretch tight budgets

Third grade students in Huntsville School District collaborate on a Chromebook

(Cross-posted from the Official Google Enterprise blog.)

Posted by Rajen Sheth, Director, Chromebooks for Education

The 2013/14 school year has started, with U.S. educators and their students returning to find much lower budgets available to meet ever-higher aspirations.

Three districts shared their stories with us about how Google Apps and Chromebooks help them provide excellent opportunities for students, even in these challenging times.

Huntsville School District, Texas
Last year, Huntsville Independent School District struggled with outdated equipment and poor cellular coverage. To address these challenges, they built a wireless network, established free Google Apps accounts for email and word processing, and earned a $100,000 grant, which they used to purchase 350 Chromebooks for grades 6-12. Today over 1,000 students have access to Chromebooks, and high school students even take them home. Charlie Baker, a math teacher, explained the value of Chromebooks at home: “Students can send me a snapshot of the screen to illustrate a problem they’re struggling with. I can use Google Hangouts to help them work through to a solution. Student engagement is higher, and the quality of work has improved significantly.”

Merced High School District, California
Although the communities of Merced Union High School District face many economic challenges, the District provides the latest tools for learning. Information Systems Manager Anthony Thomas told us that a year ago, when the district was evaluating computers, students test-drove a range of candidate devices and “voted overwhelmingly in favor of Chromebooks as the most valuable educational tool.” The high school deployment has been so successful that the district aims to be 1:1 with more than 5,000 Chromebooks by 2016. Anthony sees students using Chromebooks in locations all around the school campus, just as they might in a work environment. “The 1:1 Chromebook environment has a major impact on districts like ours,” says Anthony. “Today’s work environment is all about teams, and that’s what these students are learning. They’re acquiring real job skills.”

Queensbury Union Free School District, New York
Matt Hladun, Director of Technology for the Queensbury Union Free school district in rural New York State, faces a different challenge. Matt lost a number of IT staff to budget cuts. With 2,500 Chromebooks and just three team members, he really appreciates the minimal support that the devices require, saying “it’s hard to argue with increased student motivation, more efficient teaching processes, better communications, and a saving of tens of thousands of dollars a year in software costs. Introducing Google Apps is the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. I’m seeing teaching change, and I want it working everywhere. It is absolutely making a difference.” Matt was also able to establish a “Technology Bullpen” of five teachers in each building who help their peers get the best out of the devices and tools.