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The Very First “Version Now” Resource for Google Apps Management Best Practices

BetterCloud Monitor

August 13, 2012

2 minute read

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This week we launched what we believe to be the first ever “version now” white paper, providing everyone in the Google Apps ecosystem with a Google Apps management resource that evolves at the speed of Google Apps –  BetterCloud’s Keys to Managing your Google Apps Domain. It’s a publicly available Google Doc!

It’s pretty clear we run our company entirely on Google products – from Google Apps to Chromebooks, a Chromebox, Android phones and soon enough we’ll even have our very own Google Glasses. So it only made sense that we housed our latest white paper in a Google Doc rather than a stagnant PDF.

The white paper currently focuses on:

  1. User onboarding & deprovisioning
  2. Ongoing user management
  3. Control Panel settings
  4. Best practices for users’ Gmail settings

We will add a new chapter roughly every two weeks. If you’re interested in staying up to date, there are instructions on the title page (hint: you can follow us on Google+).

If you keep up with Google Apps updates, you know that the suite is constantly evolving, so help resources must constantly evolve as well. Housing our white paper in a Google Doc (check out our guide to Google Docs) allows us to periodically update and add to the white paper, and comment access provides an easy way for our customers and readers to provide invaluable feedback in real time.

Opening up a white paper to public scrutiny – and yes the odd grammar correction – can be nerve racking, but creating an open environment in which our customers and readers can feel free to comment also allows us to more quickly provide the feedback and advice they’re looking for. Plus, readers can respond to one another’s comments, sometimes providing useful tips or tricks even we didn’t think of.

At BetterCloud, we strongly believe that a collaborative environment produces the best results. That’s how we work internally, and this collaborative white paper is a great example of that.

Feel free to check out the white paper and add us on Google+ to receive notifications when the paper is updated.

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