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XLAutomation goes Google

posted Mar 17, 2014, 2:27 PM by Scott Lindsay   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 9:33 PM by Lisa Lindsay ]
At XLAutomation we recently reviewed our use of email, document storage and backup. Like many small businesses we had started with the available tools like Microsoft Office that existed on our desktop computers. 

In an effort to make our business more mobile and to improve our backup capabilities we looked into "cloud based" offerings that could deliver an environment in which our email, calendars, documents could be available whenever and wherever we might need them. 

There are solutions that focus on file based synchronisation to the cloud but don't offer email and calendaring (eg Dropbox, SugarSync). The one solution we looked at that could deliver everything we were looking for was Google Apps for Business. For a monthly cost of $5 per user we now have the following services available to all staff at XLAutomation
  • Email - delegated access
  • Calendar
  • File storage - with the ability to share and collaborate with Team Members and Customers
  • Google Documents - a different approach to Office documents that we will be extending to our Customers
  • Website - we have just launched our website using Google Sites which has removed the need for hosting and a separate Content Management System
Google Apps for Business

One of the features we have been most impressed with is the support you receive when you encounter a problem. It can start with email or a phone call and the response is immediate and usually solves the issue in the first call. For me this is one of the main reasons I would recommend Google Apps for Business to others.