UberConference is Conferencing Done Right: Introducing New Partnership
By: Adam Metz, Director of Channel Management
The 2008 recession slammed state and local governments. For example, take the city of Philadelphia. Their Office of Housing and Community Development had its budget reduced by 40 percent between 2009 and 2011. The Philadelphia Streets Department faced a 28 percent reduction, and their Free Library system, experienced 20 percent cutbacks.
System Security and Data Integrity with Google Apps
By: Kirk Leman, Enterprise Deployment Engineer
The cloud can revolutionize the way a business operates by providing ubiquitous access and streamlined collaboration. As a result, a geographically diverse workforce can emerge, and continue to be constantly connected and productive. But moving to a cloud offering can be daunting task for an IT security team. How do you take full advantage of the cloud and still maintain a completely secure IT infrastructure? Google Apps for Business provides a secure way to move an enterprise to the cloud.
Visualization: Unleashing the Full Power of Your Agency’s Data
By: Jim Gee, Federal Sales Account Manager
“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.” ~ Donald Rumsfeld
In the world today, the enterprise is fortunate to have tools readily available to eliminate these unknown unknowns. Google’s geospatial products are a great example. It’s important to make smart decisions, data-driven decisions. For consumers, having additional context helps when planning for work trips, vacations or day-to-day responsibilities and duties. For the enterprise, the consequences of executing undeveloped ideas or strategies are too severe to ignore. Google’s geospatial products are providing unique insights by visualizing data and providing additional context. A webcast entitled “Visualization: Unleash the Full Power of Your Agency’s Data” featured two Onix customers, Amtrak and the U.S. Census Bureau, and throughout the presentation, each customer detailed how they’re utilizing Google Earth Enterprise products to develop custom solutions to provide an innovative, exceptional end-user experience.
Leave the Laptop at Home! Staying Productive with Google Apps and the iPad
By: Paul Weston, Project Management Consultant and Trainer
Now that you've gone Google, you've heard all about anytime, anywhere, from any device, but can we really ditch the laptop and rely solely on the iPad? You may already know that Google Apps synchronises with the default iOS mail and calendar flawlessly, but here are 10 apps to make your productivity on the iPad soar!
App 01. Google Search Get the App!
Google Search is more than a shortcut to our favorite search engine. It is also your place for Google Now. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, and all of your cards will be present notifying you of the weather, you travel plans and itinerary, and even when you should leave the office to make it home on time. You can also use the picture search option (previously Google Goggles) by clicking in the search bar, and then choosing the camera icon. Inside the Google Search app, you also have direct access to your grid to select versions of all of your Google Apps, which will bring up the web-interfaces for each.
Coming to an Internet Connection Near You!
Google Innovation for the Nation 2013
by David Bryson, Federal Sales Account Manager
With thousands of Engineers and billions of users, Google’s ability to innovate is nothing short of amazing. Transforming how Government employees work, the saying “work the way you live” is at the forefront of the future of technology at Google and in the Government. Being able to access and share data from various data repositories will allow Government employees to become more productive and efficient, helping them to reduce costs and focus on core responsibilities. Learn how Google will transform Government by attending this Virtual Summit!
How Can Onix Solve Your Business Problems? Two Words: Google APIs
by Matt Brady, Google Apps Support Engineer
Over 5 million businesses are using Google Apps as an enterprise cloud computing solution and there are countless success stories and happy customers across many different industries. Several businesses, however, have found that specialized functionality within Google Apps like Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, or Drive is not always available, but this is where Google APIs come into play.
Announcing the Dashboard Alerter
Google provides a great resource for IT Administrators called the Apps Status Dashboard. Essentially, whenever there is a service disruption across the core suite of Google Apps products, this site is updated by Google engineers with the latest information and ETAs on service restoration.
Some customers, however, are still asking for something more. Specifically, they are inquiring about the Customer Success Services (CSS) program we offer, which caters to customers who have increased needs around proactive communication. As part of the CSS program, customers are given advanced knowledge of the Google roadmap and its service in addition to application changes coming from Google. It’s always great to be notified about upcoming changes to Google products and to test those products before they are released.
Processing Google Forms with Apps Script
by Cyrus Loree, Google Apps Support Engineer
One of the greatest things about Going Google, is the power and ease of collaboration and data collection that can be leveraged. One example of this, is collecting information from a Google Form. A Google Form provides a simple way to create a form that is filled out in email, a Google Site, a standard web site, or from a link that can be shared in any manner. A Google Form provides several types of data entry options: text, date pickers, multiple choice, etc… Beyond that, there are options to easily add simple data validation (make sure an entry is all numbers, or resembles an email address), the form automatically generates summary data, and the raw form data can be stored into a Google Sheet.
3 Ways to Use Chromecast for Business
By Greg Heier
You may have heard about Google’s newest little device: the Chromecast. This slick-looking item is not much larger than a thumb drive and plugs into any display device with an HDMI port, such as an HD television. You can then use your Chrome browser or mobile device as a remote to control what is displayed on your TV. The best part? It’s only $35.
The most advertised use for this device is for playing YouTube or Netflix videos on your TV. That’s all well and good, but that’s not as useful in an Enterprise environment. So how do you take this great remote media device and turn it into something useful for TVs in corporate environments? Here’s some great lesser-known uses for the device that will turn it into a powerful business tool:
Google+ and Hangouts - 6 pack of tips to make it secure for your company
With the continued adoption of Google+ and Hangouts in the enterprise environment, every Google Apps administrator should take time to review and properly configure Google+ for their organization based on social media needs, security and legal requirements. The following are 6 tips that every Google Apps Administrator should take into consideration when enabling Google+ for the domain:
1. Configure premium features in the control panel.
With premium features enabled, the admin has the ability to restrict Google+ posts and hangouts to inter-domain only, access to Hangouts On Air, and Google+ API usage.
Supporting Google Apps? This is What You Need to Know
With all the different services and features of Google Apps, supporting end-users and administrators can be a daunting task. For the most part, however, after supporting customers for extended periods of time you may often notice common questions, specifically from end-users. A good idea is to take this information and share it pro-actively with users in order to mitigate load on your internal support team. This can effectively reduce end-user frustration and valuable time lost by your support reps! Here is our list of Top 10 most common End-User Tickets.
Three Reasons to Follow Onix’s Application Development Monthly Blog Posts
Let me take this opportunity to formally introduce myself. My name is Grant McCarthy and I am a Business Analyst for the Onix Application Development team. During my time at Onix, which is about 4 years, the growth in the Google Apps side of business has been staggering; additionally, we’ve seen a large increase in requests for custom built solutions using the Google Apps infrastructure which allows our customers to take advantage of their Google ecosystem. It’s the combination of these two reasons you will now find monthly Google Apps Development blog posts on Onix’s blog.
Getting the Most of Your Google Search Appliance with Dynamic Navigation
by Brian Kramer, Search Engineer
What is Dynamic Navigation?
According to Google, "Dynamic navigation helps users explore search results by using specific metadata attributes. The attributes and ranges that you define on this page are presented as navigation options in the front end. Users can then select multiple attributes and can easily back out of their selections to navigate the result set and quickly locate the results they are looking for."
Recipe for a Successful Deployment
By Adel Etayem, Certified Google Apps Trainer
Consider the following, users have been provisioned, data migrated, training completed and yet stakeholders are not satisfied. Although the project ended on time and within budget, stakeholders were left feeling disconnected.
Curious how to prevent this situation? Here’s the recipe for a successful deployment.
Google Search Appliance: The Update Process
By: Brian Kramer - Search Engineer
How to make sure your GSA is on the latest and greatest software release from Google.
Just as a reminder: Google will officially deprecate version 6.12.0.G.30 on September 7, 2013. If you continue using this version, Google will not provide support if you experience technical difficulties. You will be required to upgrade to receive support. It makes the most sense to be in control of this and to upgrade now.
For those needing a brief overview on the update process, here’s a quick set of instructions to do a basic update. If you are updating from the 6.12.0.G.30 and want to get to the newest version, you may have to repeat the instructions several times (due to having to hop from certain version to certain version).
For complete instructions, please refer to Google documentation, available here: google.secure.force.com
(You must have access to the Google Support Portal to view this page)
Google and "The New Era of Manufacturing"
By: Dave Lehtinen
“The new era of manufacturing will be marked by highly agile, networked enterprises that use information and analytics as skillfully as they employ talent and machinery to deliver products and services to diverse global markets.” - McKinsey Global Institute - Manufacturing the future, the next era of global growth and innovation.
Innovation and productivity are hallmarks of American manufacturing. There are many factors that help drive innovation beyond creativity. For example, collaboration, speed, and communication are key drivers of innovation. There are plenty of factors behind productivity as well such as access to information, a knowledgeable workforce, and having the right tools for the job.
8 Powerful Features of Google Maps You Need to Know
by Chris Bata, a Python Developer with Onix’s Custom App Development Team
The suite of mapping products Google offers has something for every business, school, or organization. From the simplest of user-created mapping projects to complex custom apps developed by professionals, Google offers tools and solutions for nearly every kind of mapping need imaginable.
Microsoft Moves to Slow Google Apps with Price Cuts
by Tony Bianco, President Cloud Computing Division
If you really think about it, there are several hindrances to Microsoft catching Google on the Cloud-based messaging and collaboration front:
1. Hardware and Network Infrastructure - this is the silver bullet for Google. Google has worked for 15 plus years in building out their infrastructure. They are the third-largest hardware manufacturer in the world and they keep all of it for their own systems. To replicate this will literally take years for Microsoft and they are just getting started now with a meager $130 million investment. They are way behind.
Introducing Mithril Support
Today, we’re excited to announce the next evolution in Google Apps Support: the Mithril Support Package! While Onix has always offered Bronze, Silver, and Gold Support for Google Apps, our new package goes above and beyond anything previously seen in the market.
Proactive “Respond Before you Submit”
Using Google’s latest predictive technology, we can actually foresee your support needs and respond to your tickets BEFORE you submit them! Using this revolutionary new system, you will often receive replies that we are working on your tickets before you send them to us.
Publish a Web Site from Google Drive
by Cyrus Loree, Google Apps Support Engineer
Do you like Google Sites but want the ability for truly customized websites? And have them hosted by Google? Well, Google Drive has a pretty awesome secret. Read on.