Last Thursday, March 19, 2020, we here at //SEIBERT/MEDIA were planning on holding our Atlassian Enterprise Club Day an in-person event in Wiesbaden, but the unexpected coronavirus pandemic has thrown us a curveball that we needed to adjust to. Rather than canceling the event, we converted it to a remote event. We live-streamed the event via our YouTube channel. After our live AEC show, several participants asked us about the technology that we used. We wanted to give everyone a more detailed look behind the scenes here in this article.
NGK Spark Plugs is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. While the staff at the headquarters in Japan had already experienced Google G Suite, the EMEA region was working with a mail server that was becoming increasingly outdated. //SEIBERT/MEDIA is a German Google partner, and so we supported the introduction of G Suite in NGK Spark Plugs’ EMEA offices.
Thanks to the modernization and digitalization of teamwork in enterprises, the organizational and technological obstacles to remote work are lower than ever before. As such, distributed project teams have been commonplace for quite some time now. But old habits are hard to break, and this is most apparent when it comes to meetings. Here we look at common reservations when it comes to video meetings and how to overcome them.
Using a cloud infrastructure has many benefits. Depending on the size of your company and its requirements, cloud infrastructures can grow dynamically without having to buy and set up expensive hardware. You also no longer have to worry about server security, as the data centers of the large providers already have the very strictest security protocols.
With G Suite, Google has been developing an alternative office package that serves the needs of companies with their everyday work. You can use Gmail for emailing, Google Calendar for appointments, Docs for word processing, Sheets for calculations, and Slides for presentations, just to name a few.
Companies want flexibility, they want their software to respond more quickly to changes in their requirements, and, of course, they want cost savings. They don’t want to worry about when, how, and why their services work – they just want them to work, every time. Unfortunately, when it comes to choosing a modern cloud-based office suite, many companies don’t look at the big picture. Many who used MS Office in the past transitioned into Microsoft’s cloud suite Office 365 without evaluating it any further – or considering alternatives. If you take a closer look at the available cloud based office solutions, you’ll come up with some interesting and valuable findings. When considering which cloud based office solution is best for you and your team, it’s a good idea to rethink things, to specify what your requirements are, and then to identify objective weaknesses in your current office solution. There are viable alternatives to Office 365: most notably Google G Suite.
Google Apps Script and App Maker are just two of the many ways in which you can extend G Suite’s standard functions, lightening the burden on application administrators and macro specialists in organizations. Google Apps Script functions as the common programming language for both solutions, but there are differences you should consider before choosing which technology to use. Here we take a look at essential questions to ask when doing so.
Over the years, Microsoft Office has established itself as an industry leader. However, these days you can find serious alternatives that, depending on the application, are quite sufficient and, in some cases, they perform even better. In this article we’re bringing you a brief overview of a few of the most interesting office alternatives out there today. We’ll also recommend what type of user these Office alternatives benefit most; in other words, one might be a better fit for an individual user, while another might be a good fit for a company seeking an office alternative.
The vast majority of organizations use some sort of browser-based spreadsheet app, and Microsoft Excel Online and Google Sheets are industry leaders in this area of professional software. Both are also part of larger collections of business software organized into office suites: Excel Online is a Microsoft Office 365 module and Google Sheets is a G Suite application. In many ways Excel Online and Google Sheets are quite similar, especially functionally. I’ve chosen to focus on reviewing twelve functions where I could really see differences between the two pieces of software. These twelve areas are especially relevant for more advanced users; those who have extensive experience working with spreadsheets software.
Many companies stress the importance of maintaining a certain degree of uniform formality in how they use email to communicate with the outside world. It’s impossible to establish such universal standards across hundreds or even thousands of employees in an organization if they don’t have any options to control outgoing emails centrally.
Thankfully there are solutions such as Exclaimer, which offers professional, centrally controlled email signatures for G Suite with Gmail as well as other platforms. At a Google Cloud breakfast in Wiesbaden, representatives from Exclaimer gave us a tutorial presentation.
Clasp, the Apps Script command line interface (CLI), helps you develop add-ons for G Suite applications, automate workflows, integrate external APIs and more. We’ll cover what this tool can do, how it is installed, and how it is used in this post.