Saturday, December 13, 2008

Google Apps partners offer a marketplace of solutions

Google Apps provides powerful messaging and collaboration tools that people anywhere can use simply by accessing a browser. With no hardware to set up or software to install, many businesses are comfortable using Google Apps right out of the virtual box.

But some businesses with more complex IT scenarios prefer to work with an expert on issues like data migration and sync, or they need additional features to meet their business needs. Fortunately, Google's growing network of solution providers – developers, system integrators, and professional IT consultants – can help these businesses. They provide information on their services in the Google Solutions Marketplace.

One of our more active partners so far is SADA Systems, Inc. SADA is involved in many Google Apps projects, most recently helping Virgin Mobile USA develop a custom hosted Single Sign-On solution in just three days.

SADA also assisted Kings, Krebs, and Jurgens, a New Orleans-based law firm, in their recent deployment of Google Apps. Working side-by-side with the firm's IT staff, SADA ensured that the Google Apps deployment complied with the firm's legal requirements for retaining old emails. They also implemented a dual delivery email configuration that continues mail delivery to the legacy system as the firm evolves to Google Apps.

Finally, SADA helped Kent State University provision accounts and migrate data to Google Apps Education Edition for more than 120,000 students, faculty, and staff.

SADA is not alone in helping businesses succeed with Google Apps. Over the past eight months, hundreds of vendors have showcased their products and services on the Solutions Marketplace. They've shared descriptions of their setup and support services, products, training, and custom development work for businesses of all sizes. Migrating users from legacy systems, syncing data with programs and devices, and helping users get the most out of the collaborative features of Google Apps are just a few examples of the products and services these solution providers offer.

Curious about what a solutions provider might do for your business? Visit the Marketplace for contact information, or read more customer stories on the Solutions Marketplace blog.

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