Cloud Computing for SMBs is not Just About Google and CRM

The range of cloud-based solutions for small- and mid-size businesses continues to grow. One example is WorkingPoint, a cloud-based business management system that includes invoicing, expenses, bookkeeping, contact management, and other features backed by a double-entry accounting system. Designed for small businesses, WorkingPoint runs over Amazon’s cloud. The first user is free, with additional users […]

Can Unite Create Collaboration?

The team at Opera Software, makers of the Opera browser, released Opera Unite. Unite is a browser-based web-server that allows individuals to share files, host web sites, post notes, share photos, and remotely access music and videos. The concept and potential for collaborative communications is great. The reality, however, may not live up to the […]

Answers You Need about Online Backup Services

The recent agreement for HP to provide a free trial of Norton’s Symantec Backup on new consumer PCs demonstrates the growing acceptance of online backup solutions. When looking at online backup, please remember the following. Backup is Easy; Recovery is the Challenge If you keep this in mind, the focus of your comparison shifts from […]

Google Fusion Tables: Databases in The Cloud

On June 9th, Google quietly announced the Beta availability of Google Fusion Tables. This “Labs” application provides the ability to query multiple databases and data sources, including social media, rss, and other live feeds. While an early labs release, Google Fusion Tables is a clear indication that Google hears its customers’ desire for better data […]

Zipcar Becomes a SaaS Provider?

You may know Zipcar as the trendy car sharing (er, hourly rental) service. They have made headlines renting hybrids and other vehicles parked in reserved spaces in local neighborhoods. For $7 an hour an up, customers reserve vehicles via the website and open the doors using a credit card reader. The brains behind Zipcar, their […]

Expanding APIs create simple database capabilities in Google Apps

For the developers among us, Google has added two new APIs to Google Docs. Table Feeds and Record Feeds allow placement and management of tables and data in spreadsheets. With these feeds, Google demonstrates how spreadsheets can be used to manage structured data for other applications. Click here for more.

File under “Would you use this?” — Ads on Google Sites

Google Sites is a powerful component within Google Apps. As a platform for document and information sharing and collaboration, most organizations see Google Sites as a means to provide Intranets, project sites, and secure customer portals. Google Sites, however, can be made public. Some businesses (including Google) use this capability for open information portals. Taking […]

Google Apps vs Exchange In-House

Functionality, cost, and user experience all play into the decision to run Google Apps versus Exchange in-house. Our latest take … we’ve added “the user experience” as our 8th consideration. With the addition of Outlook Sync for Google Apps, users can maintain their current client and services and have access to the additional features offered […]

Mixing Google Docs and MS Office 2007

Our position regarding Google Docs — including docs, spreadsheets, presentation, and forms — is as follows: Google Docs offer great collaboration capabilities but are not mature enough to replace MS Office or Open Open office for most users The formatting and controls in Google Docs are not yet mature enough compared to MS Office features […]

Google Apps vs. Exchange – Part 2

Until yesterday, Part 2 of the comparison was going to look at some of the more esoteric feature comparison between Google Apps and Exchange. Specifically, I was going to cover how Google Apps new Tasks features integrate with email and calendar functions in comparison to isolated manner in which Tasks function in Exchange/Outlook (separate reminders, […]

5 Things to Know about Google Wave (from PC Mag)

With the industry buzzing about Google Wave (and Facebook and Twitter likely rethinking strategy), PC Magazine provides a good overview of things you should know about Google Wave as it approaches release. Read the Article Here.

Will You Catch the Google Wave?

What if some of the most create web developers decided to rethink email, IM, and Internet communications from scratch? What if they worked for a company with the resources to let them think and create for years? What is you could mix the real-time communication of Twitter and Facebook with the organization of email and […]

Google Apps vs. Exchange — Part 1

Over the past several weeks, the Horizon team has received more questions about the comparison between MS Exchange and Google Apps as a communication and collaboration platform. Here is a presentation that compares MS Exchange and Google Apps in terms of investment, management, and administration. There are also many user features in Google Apps that […]

Learning to Live wite “Live Chat”

If you have visited our website since Tuesday morning, you may have noticed the new look and feel, the expanded information about our products and services, and the ability to buy online. You may also have noticed the “Live Chat” feature we have added to the site. Through this feature, we offer pre-sales assistance, customer […]

Valeo Demonstrates That Businesses Trust Google

Google recently announced that Valeo, an “independent industrial group fully focused on the design, production, and sale of components, integrated systems, and modules for cars and trucks,” is deploying Google Apps to all 30,000 employees. Why does this matter? Industry watchers like Dave Rosenberg see this deal as further validation that companies of all sizes […]

Google Slowdown Yesterday Morning

Google has officially acknowledged and identified a cause for yesterday mornings “slow down” across all Google services. Did you experience slow access?? Did you experience a full outage??

SPAM Volume Jumps 1.2% PER DAY in First Quarter

Google Postini Services issued its quarterly Threat Advisory. Even with the dismantling of the McColo Botnet in 2008, the volume of spam is increasing at a daily rate of 1.2%. This compares with a daily increase rate of 1% during the same quarter last year. If you have spam protection, why does this matter? If […]

New Leaders in PC Market Indicate Changing Role of Cloud Computing

ChannelWeb, a news source for technology resellers, is reporting that Acer has passed Dell as the #2 maker of notebooks. Why does this matter? The shift is due to Acer’s sale of netbooks. This shift is a further indication that individuals and SMBs are comfortable with web-based, SaaS, and other cloud-based solutions. Netbooks are designed […]

Google Expands Task List Integration to Calendars

One of the unique features of Google Apps has been the ability to turn an email into a Task, allowing you to track follow up and deadlines. Google has taken Task integration much further with the integration of Tasks into Calendar. From within Calendar, you can now create tasks with due dates, which will be […]

Coffee Break: Intro to Google Apps as an Email and Calendar Service

Join Horizon Info Services on May 22nd at 10:15 am ET for an extended mid-morning coffee break and learn why Google Apps Premier Edition may be a better email and calendaring solution for your business than your current hosted email provider or your internal email server. The brief presentation will compare features and cost, with […]