Google Apps and More

Google AppsGoogle Apps for business (including email, docs, calendar, sites, and groups) has a number of benefits over traditional business IT and desktop software. Using the full suite essentially places all of your data and entire workflow in the cloud, meaning you can access it all anywhere, any time, from any Internet connection. Google crossed the 1M customers (10M users) by the end 2008, and then 2M by the end of 2009.

Many companies are building businesses around Google Apps. It is estimated that these 3rd parties will create 50% of their revenue from consultation, implementation, and “other apps”, around Google Apps, and 50% from the recurring license fee revenue (namely, a 20% reseller discount).


As shown above, there are an emerging number of resellers of Google Applications who not only install, customize, and support Google Apps, but also offer up other complementary applications. This data is based on the directory of companies provided by Google as of March, 2010.

Other Apps Augmenting GApps

The following are some examples of alternative applications which are packaged around the Google Apps offering by resellers.

Single Sign-On (SSO) – Adding multiple layers of security to Google Apps, with features such as user selected security image and message for mutual authentication, a browser-based password, and roaming authentication with one time passwords for users on mobile phones.

P2P VPN Bridge – connects multiple computers via encrypted links and is creative extension to Google GTalk that is useful for remote control access, or a nice low cost VPN for your teleworkers. Has features such as allowing you sync folders, share files, chat and VNC. It offers a remote control that can even pass through your Network Address Translation; file sharing; auto-synchronization of large files and syncs folders; auto schedule and resume; easy back up of your files from one computer or Google Docs to corporate.

Business process workflow – that is tightly integrated with your Google Apps. Integrates with many other Google Services like YouTube, Picasa, Calendar, Gmail, Maps and Search. GStepOne helps you plan each step and track the progress of the task. It has applications with training, collaboration, or anytime multiple steps are needed to perform a task by multiple people. Some examples include writing contracts or proposals, creating budgets, managing travel.

Cloud-based project management – Project managers upload documents to Google Docs and then determine which project team members should have access to them. Once the documents are uploaded, team members can perform a variety of project management tasks with them such as distributing assignments to the team through Google Apps, while maintaining data on issues and resolutions.

Cloud-based briefcase / synchronized storage – Employees who travel a lot can establish a link between their desktop and laptop computers and cloud storage. They can synchronize files, folders, or entire drives to their cloud briefcase. This allows them to backup files created while traveling, or grabbing a subset of files that they want available from remote devices. This service is also tightly integrated into their Google docs.

Other potential applications include:

  • Google Docs Backup
  • Microsoft Office Sync To Docs
  • EMC Documentum and IBM Filenet Integration
  • Google Calendar sync for Outlook, iCal or Entourage

Here are a few Google Apps resellers:
Ancoris Limited
APPS People
Apps Setup
Australian Online Solutions
Avanxo On-Demand Solutions
Beloit Solutions Group
Bunch of Cowboys
Business Intelligence 101
Cemaphore Systems, Inc.
Cloud Technology Solutions
Cloudreach Limited
Coastal Data Services, LLC
CRM manager
Dangeard Goup
DMSBT Pty Limited
Do it!
Doctor Joe Technology Care
dotCORD IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
ektosym GmbH
eSource Capital Technologies
Fig Leaf Software
GOOG Setup
Google Apps Setup
Grove Group
IKANO Communications Inc.
Innova Apps s.r.o.
Insight UK
Ir2g – Ingensys R2G
Jacaranda Systems
Kakkad Empire
Kimind Consulting Eu
Ltech Consulting
Master Concept
Matrix Connexion Sdn
Meriti SRL
NetVisory Srl
NetWave Information Systems
Onix Networking Corp.
OpenworldTech Inc
PointStar Pte Ltd
Praxis Calcolo S.p.A.
Redpath Consulting Group
Sada Systems
Salvair LLC
Shivaami Corporation
Soluciones Orion
Stoneburn SW
Vaices GmbH
Virus Woman Inc
VizzEco Inc.
Whitewater IT
Catalystic Limited
Pi2 Square Technologies
OutreachONE Media Services, LLC.
Damang Media Group
Zumzum Limited
i95 Technology Group, LLC
Isos Technology
CompBiz, Inc.
Cloud Logic
David Mercer Consulting
We Config
Optimac, Inc.
Frugal IT
Daemon InfoTech Services (DITS)
Baigent’s IT Solutions and Data Recovery
Sanver E-Solutions Private Limited
SUNSUS by dürsteler networks
B2 Portales y Software
Non Profit IT Dept
Kio Networks
Envyn Technology Services
Techworks Limited
Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Rentel Comunicaciones S.L.
BG Networks
Live 247 Web Solutions (P) Ltd
Horizon Info Services, LLC
QIQ Technologies Corp
Expine – Experts in Efficien
SupportSpace, Inc.
KC Cloud Solutions
Orange Technology Management
Planetworks K.K.
HelpDesk Internet
smartdata solutions
Beauty and the Geek IT
Grupo Advei
Perfect Integration, Inc.
Apps Services
M. Marcus Tang

Jim Kaskade

Jim Kaskade is a serial entrepreneur & enterprise software executive of over 36 years. He is the CEO of Conversica, a leader in Augmented Workforce solutions that help clients attract, acquire, and grow end-customers. He most recently successfully exited a PE-backed SaaS company, Janrain, in the digital identity security space. Prior to identity, he led a digital application business of over 7,000 people ($1B). Prior to that he led a big data & analytics business of over 1,000 ($250M). He was the CEO of a Big Data Cloud company ($50M); was an EIR at PARC (the Bell Labs of Silicon Valley) which resulted in a spinout of an AML AI company; led two separate private cloud software startups; founded of one of the most advanced digital video SaaS companies delivering online and wireless solutions to over 10,000 enterprises; and was involved with three semiconductor startups (two of which he founded, one of which he sold). He started his career engineering massively parallel processing datacenter applications. Jim has an Electrical and Computer Science Engineering degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in semiconductor design and computer science; and an MBA from the University of San Diego with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and finance.