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Recapping the Largest Google Apps Admin Training Event

BetterCloud Monitor

May 12, 2014

3 minute read

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coach-gooruThis April,, the number one Google Apps training resource, held what was arguably the largest Google Apps administrator training event ever. The event, held completely online through Google Hangouts, saw more than 3,000 administrators join six presentations over the course of three days.

Presenters included some of the Google Apps ecosystem’s foremost experts covering topics ranging from the Google Apps Admin Console to Google Apps Script.

Google Apps Admin Console

Justin Gale, BRP
Key Takeaways:

  • Use Google Organizations to test out new features with a specific group of users
  • Make use of Alerts, but know who your Super Admins are
  • Google has a ton of security options — use them!

Watch the presentation here

Google Apps Script

James Ferreira, Apps 4 Gapps

Key Takeaways:

  • There are plenty of benefits to cloud coding, like revision history and sharing just like Google Docs
  • Add-ons use the power of Apps Script to add exciting new features to Docs and Sheets
  • A deployment strategy is key to rolling out new Scripts

Watch the presentation here

Google Drive

Michael Spadaro, Profound Cloud

Key Takeaways:

  • You can make Google Drive act like your traditional file server
  • Well thought-out naming conventions are key to organizing Drive files
  • Users don’t need to worry about sharing permissions with a flat folder structure

Watch the presentation here

Google Apps Management

Michael Rothenberg, FlashPanel

Key Takeaways:

  • Admins don’t have the powerful management and security tools they once had in legacy systems
  • Utilizing a third-party tool give your IT department the granular control they had on-premises
  • Putting checks and balances in place can ensure employees use Google Apps properly

Watch the presentation here

Google Sites

Kyle Horst, Kirksville Web Design

Key Takeaways:

  • Google Sites is a cheap, reliable option for creating internal or external websites
  • Integrated directly into Google Apps, and managed almost exactly like everything else in Apps
  • Plan your company intranet based on your unique company culture

Watch the presentation here

Mobile Device Management

Justin Gale, BRP

Key Takeaways:

  • MDM management with Google Apps is constantly improving and has a lot of familiar features from legacy options
  • You can remotely (and selectively) wipe data if an employee’s device has been compromised
  • Ensuring that specific groups have the right security settings is key to MDM

Watch the presentation here

Throughout the event we also gave away more than 1,000 Google Gooru Admin Training Week t-shirts, added an additional 1,500 subscribers to the Google Gooru newsletter and sent out an eBook recapping each of last week’s six sessions to nearly 2,000 participants.

Admin Training Week was a huge success, but don’t take our word for it. Check out what some attendees said about the event:

“The ease of it all. It was easy to access and the presenters made the material easy to understand and learn from.”
Tyler, Deployment Tech

“The ability to get innovative vendors together to talk about their products AND interact with a global audience is mind blowing.”
Brian, Network Administrator
Pierce College

“I was able to learn so much because not only were the basics fully covered, but attendees were also given additional resources to continue learning about how to use Google and complementary applications.”
Adam, Research Assistant
Police Foundation

“Real world users sharing real world topics / experiences for real world solutions.”
Todd, IT Helpdesk Manager

Looking for more events like this one? Google Gooru will be hosting an even bigger training week in the coming months. To stay up to date on the latest, make sure to follow Google Gooru on Google+ and subscribe to the daily newsletter.