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4 Ways to Start Enjoying the Chrome Experience from 9-5

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get the Chrome experience at workWhat if I said it’s possible to seamlessly connect your company’s devices to the cloud under a single, secure operating system — from employee laptops, desktops and mobile phones to video conferencing to digital signage to whiteboards? 

“But,” you say, “I already can do this with my existing PC, applications and browser. I’m locked into those, and they work."

Are you sure? Or, deep down, are you looking to streamline and improve your office technology across all areas? If so, using the Google Chrome platform for your organization’s work environment might be the answer.

Before you tell me that you’ve used Chrome and don’t need a new browser, let me tell you the full story.

This is not the Chrome you used even a year ago. The Chrome experience has grown well beyond being a free browser. It’s now a complete enterprise solution.

It’s an incredibly powerful OS designed specifically for the cloud. The Chrome OS is based on four key pillars: Speed, Simplicity, Security and Shareability. All of these combine to provide an amazing user experience when you use Google Chrome for work.

When you use Chrome Enterprise, your organization will enjoy all the benefits of the Chrome OS across all areas for your organization, including greater productivity, better control, increased security — and around-the-clock support.

Using Chrome devices, employees work primarily while connected to the Internet. Since the devices run only Chrome OS or virtualized apps, software and documents are securely and reliably stored in the cloud not on the computer’s hard drive. All of this can elevate your organization’s productivity, collaboration and return on investment.

In future posts, we’ll break down each of the four pillars of Chrome and also take a deeper look at Chrome Enterprise. For now, I want you to understand that you don’t have to dive in headfirst to start exploring all that Chrome has to offer. It’s fine to dip your toe into the water to see how it feels.

In fact, why not consider one of these four ways to test out the Chrome experience at your office?

  1. Use Chrome Browser
    This is the portal for all you do using Chrome devices, including mobile computing. At the enterprise level, Chrome allows you to set up groups, configure employee applications and improve internet security. Chrome has built-in malware and phishing protection; security fixes are pushed automatically by Google. It’s worry free.

  2. Replace Desktops with Chromebooks
    Replacing old PCs with new Google Chrome devices might seem like a costly venture. But, as Google notes, it’s possible to cut total cost of ownership by nearly 75 percent over three years. Most major manufacturers offer Chromebooks. The devices are simple, intuitive, run at lightning speed — and use the highest levels of security. In fact, they boot up in less than eight seconds, always with the most secure and up-to-date operating system.

  3. Upgrade Your Conference Rooms
    Many companies struggle to bring remote employees in different locations together virtually for meetings. Google’s Chromebox for Meetings propels the deskside Google Hangouts conferencing experience to a new level. It allows multiple employees to connect in a real-time meeting experience, no matter their location. Participants even can share their screens thanks to the technology embedded in Chromebox for Meetings. The package includes a Chromebox unit, high-definition video camera, microphone, remote control and the Google Hangout app displayed on a monitor in a meeting room.

  4. Ditch Your Whiteboards

    Elevate collaboration to the cloud with Jamboard. While Jamboard might look like a standard whiteboard on wheels, looks can be deceiving. Turn it on, and you’ll see the difference. You’ll discover that your meeting collaboration reaches beyond your on-premise conference room through multiple Jamboards in different locations — or the Jamboard app on a phone or tablet. You no longer need to take pictures of whiteboard notes to share or save. Jamboard notes are saved to the cloud, with easy follow-up access for all participants.

While I wouldn’t argue if you made a single, bold leap to an all-Chrome workplace, I do hope you'll consider all the benefits Chrome offers. By starting smaller and trying it for yourself, you’ll soon learn how this secure platform can transform your organization.

When you say “yes” to a Chrome experience, you’ll tap into a comprehensive endpoint solution that gives you easy central management, greater productivity and improved collaboration along with with a measurable return on investment.

To learn how Chrome might fit into your organization, fill out this form and we'll be in touch.

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Since 2008, Steve has been on the forefront of the transition to cloud-based services. He has helped companies like Whirlpool, Lexmark, Fujifilm America, Celestica, The New York Times, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation make the transition to Google’s cloud-based services. Steve spent six years in the Navy, where he got his start in computers. During his service, he visited Japan, Thailand, Bali, Austrailia, Hong Kong, and more.

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