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No More Tech Companies Playing Catch Up – A Tech Company Finally Doing The Next Big Thing

Posted by Ashley Kelnhofer

March 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Google Next '17 | A Tech Event for the InnovativeGoogle Next was an inspiration, to say the least. The tech giant hasn’t always been the first to put marketing and events above what they do best – building technology. But this year they added some serious hype around the announcements of their tools. And it was absolutely incredible. The event was twice as big as their annual developer conference, with more than 10,000 people in attendance.

Google’s Leadership ensured that Google customers are secure, effective, and well-positioned for growth and scale. The event itself had an impact – didn’t matter if you were a CEO, CIO, CTO, Data Architect, Engineer, or Sales & Marketing Director. Here are some of the lasting impressions the conference had on these attendees.

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Topics: Change Management, GCP, Events, Google Partners, G Suite

The SaaS-Powered Workplace: The Present and Future of Work

Posted by Guest

February 16, 2017 at 1:07 PM

This post was originally published on the BetterCloud Monitor.

BetterCloud & Cloudbakers | Enabling IT to successfully manage digital transformationIn December 2016, our partner BetterCloud introduced the first-ever Unified SaaS Management platform. This post explains why BetterCloud has set out to help IT professionals around the world conquer the unique and enormous challenges caused by rapid SaaS proliferation.

In 2011, inventor, entrepreneur, and investor Marc Andreessen famously wrote, “Software is eating the world.” Five years have passed and software’s appetite is more insatiable than ever.

Every day, hundreds of millions of people go to work and use software delivered as a service. CEOs, developers, IT, and everyone in between rely on SaaS applications to do their jobs.

They’re fundamental business assets.

Cornerstones.

Building blocks for the modern-day company.

Today, SaaS plays an indispensable role for startups and multi-billion dollar businesses alike. And when it comes to advancements in enterprise technology, SaaS and innovation have become nearly synonymous.

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Topics: IT Admin, Digital Transformation

Who Is Supposed To Own Digital Transformation?

Posted by Ashley Kelnhofer

January 30, 2017 at 11:40 AM


If digital transformation feels like climbing a mountain, call CloudbakersThere’s a lot of buzz and demand around digital transformation. It sounds like a beast of a project, yet it’s not – not if you do it right. As long as you strategize ahead of time and have a clear vision of what your environment looks like in the end, that mountain that once looked too tall to climb, now seems small. It’s not something that that will happen overnight. Like every other initiative we tackle in business, there are a series of smaller tasks that build up into amazing accomplishments.

What is intimidating is that more than 52% of the names have vanished from the Fortune 500 list since 2000. These companies have either merged, been acquired, or are gone altogether. Heard that before? Good, because we can learn from them. The lack of speed or investment in digital transformation by these top companies led to their ends, and this is something that will repeat itself down through the Inc. 1000, 5000, and beyond the list itself. So let’s dive into what it is and how to get your digital transformation initiative moving.

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Topics: Change Management, Digital Transformation

2016: Year in Review

Posted by Harry Crane

December 28, 2016 at 1:48 PM

ChicagoIt's that time of year again, when Chicago is a gloomy icebox, and all of your favorite blogs are posting recaps of the last 12 months. Don't worry  Crumbs from the Cloud is no exception. With Google's rebranding of Google Apps to G Suite and Cloudbakers' launching of CloudSkylight (our Dynamics365 division), it's safe to say 2016 was jam-packed. But let's take a step back for a couple minutes and look at the industry as a whole.

Here's what was predicted for 2016 and how the cloud technology industry lived up.

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Topics: BYOD, Cloud Solution Provider, Custom Development

The Gift of Google & Integration: How Ralphie Parker Could Have Used G Suite and Zoho CRM

Posted by Guest

December 21, 2016 at 10:03 AM

A_Christmas_Story.jpgLittle Ralphie Parker from The Christmas Story has it rough. All he wants is to avoid the schoolyard bullies, admire his father’s dazzling leg lamp, and, of course, shoot his very own Red Ryder air rifle. But these few, seemingly easy tasks are difficult for a young boy such as himself to accomplish! In our opinion, Ralphie needs the help of the cloud to complete these missions to the best of his ability. Let’s take a look at how G Suite and Zoho could have helped Ralphie throughout the holiday season, and keep in mind, you don’t have to miss out on the transformative functions of the cloud like our young hero did.

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Topics: Zoho CRM, Integration, G Suite

5 Reasons Companies Are Upgrading to G Suite Business

Posted by Mitch Greenwald

December 7, 2016 at 10:47 AM

G Suite Business | Cloud CollaborationMy favorite success story to date is from a Cloudbakers client. He spearheaded the movement to Google at his organization, and it wasn't long before this leadership was recognized. One day, his boss walked into his office and asked, “What can you do for us this year like you did with Google last year?” Our client’s reply was, “use more Google.” If you’re like the rest of us, you want more. What if I told you there is more?

G Suite Business is exactly what it sounds like is – a suite of tools specifically created for the business environment. You have unlimited email, unlimited file storage, unlimited possibilities. You can realize both hard and soft dollar benefits by upgrading, and as well as gain the following benefits for your mid-market organization:

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Topics: Storage, G Suite

Why I Am Free From Fear This Halloween Season

Posted by Ashley Kelnhofer

October 31, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Spooky Skeleton & Technology ScaresThere’s an apartment that I pass everyday on the first floor of my building that has the most horrific skeleton staring at me through the window. It was there well before the Fall season, so I can’t tell if it’s a year-round decoration or if it was an early start to Halloween festivities. Regardless, it makes me want to take the longer route around the other side of my building. It’s not efficient for me, but I’m willing to take the detour.

This circumstance reminded me of a lot of conversations I’ve had over the last few years with leaders, whether in the IT department or on the business side of their organization. When I first became interested in this industry, cloud technology scared people. They were scared of security, of reliability, of access, and change – so they took a detour.

They stuck with the old way of doing things and didn’t get to take advantage of mobility, of scalability, and all the other amazing transformations that these systems have allowed us to do.

Luckily most of those people have now made the transition to cloud, but plenty are still out there...picking one by one through their folders for a certain email chain, and waiting on conference lines for the person on the other end to figure out the PIN number for the call. If you’re someone who is waiting for the right capability to come along so you can ditch the detours and take a leap to the faster way of work, I’ve picked out four things that used to scare me as an end user, but don’t anymore.

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Topics: Cloud Security, Storage, Change Management, Mobile Device Management

A Wizard At Work: What if Harry Potter had gone Google?

Posted by Guest

October 28, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Jump aboard the Hogwarts Express to see how Harry Potter uses G SuiteIn the spirit of October, with Halloween right around the corner, we thought we’d bring to light a favorite character of ours – one you might see at your door trick-or-treating, or maybe one that you’re carving into the face of a pumpkin – Harry Potter. This season, we’ve decided to equip our own version of Harry with G Suite in order to demonstrate how a few key features could drastically change the face of business productivity and efficiency in your own world. So let’s jump aboard the Hogwarts Express; how would have Harry’s adventures changed if G Suite had been brought into the Wizarding World, and simultaneously, how could Google improve your business?

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Topics: Google Hangouts, Google Calendar, Productivity, G Suite

The Age of New Business Email: Focus On Valuable Work, Not A Tedious Process

Posted by Ashley Kelnhofer

October 6, 2016 at 10:49 AM

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Email. It’s arguably the most basic messaging tool we use at work, yet it’s the tool we use most often. If we are using it more than any other tool, shouldn’t it be the one with the greatest investment? If email is the first thing my users check when they get into the office, the last place they go before leaving work, and a constant necessity in between those two points in the day, then you bet that when budget season comes around, and am putting that on a list to at least consider looking at the best option out there.

The thing about this new age of “email” (we’ll call it cloud email), is that it’s more than email as we know it. But companies like Google and Microsoft didn’t just add in all these other productivity applications so they could put a higher price tag on a more extensive package. Instead they discovered first hand and through partners like us who work with their clients, that users needed simplicity in their daily processes overall.

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Topics: Microsoft Office 365, Change Management, Email, G Suite

Google Cloud & G Suite: Why the name change and how does it affect me?

Posted by Ashley Kelnhofer

September 30, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Yesterday, as many of you know and may have heard, Google released their same great tools under a more fitting name – both for what we know as Google Apps as well as the entire Enterprise suite.

“G Suite by Google Cloud” includes Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Hangouts, and the rest of what we use and love. The Google Cloud Official Blog highlights some of the announced enhancements to the product.  

Cloudbakers’ top 3 favorites are:

  1. Meetings for Teams increases participants in Hangouts to 50 and adds a conference line
  2. Team Drive organizes file ownership to a ‘Team’ versus an individual
  3. Smarter scheduling with resources, calendar overlays and find a time available on mobile devices

Google’s strategic decision to realign Apps, Chrome, Android, and Cloud Platform as one organization was lead by Diane Greene. Cloudbakers’ Custom Application Development  team is thrilled with the enhancements to Google Cloud as well. Our expertise fits right in line with Google’s strategic direction and we couldn’t be more excited.

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Topics: GCP, Google Cloud, G Suite

 

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