#gonegoogle Clarus implements Google Apps and achieves ROI in 6 weeks

(8 July 2010) Clarus Ltd, Christchurch’s leading IT and Business Consulting firm, recently rolled out the Google Apps suite of productivity tools to all of its staff and contractors, in a bid to significantly reduce their IT spending on email, calendaring and document sharing applications. Clarus were dissatisfied with how much they were spending to rent hosted Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Sharepoint solutions, and were looking for better reliability and, above all, better value for money solutions for their staff.

The solution came in the form of Google Apps, Google’s flagship platform for business productivity and collaboration. Google Apps is a full integrated package including Business Gmail, Calendars, Documents and Spreadsheets, Shared folders, Sites (eg intranets, team sharing) and many other features. Google Apps is accessible securely and reliably across the internet needing just a standard web browser, and costs only $69+gst per user per year for the premier edition with all features enabled. Google Apps is in use in over 2 million businesses worldwide, including New Zealand Post and Tait Electronics in New Zealand.

Clarus engaged Memia Cloud Consulting, Christchurch’s leading Google Apps experts to plan and implement the Google Apps migration. “The whole process took less than 3 weeks from the initial meeting” said Edwin Dando, Clarus Managing Director. “The transition from our old Email system to the new was seamless – our emails just started arriving into Business Gmail minutes after we flicked the switch. While we have had some teething issues with user training requirements for those staff who are used to traditional email and office programs, generally our team is more productive and more mobile than ever.” Clarus staff and contractors now have access to their Google Apps account from wherever they are working: at a customer site or out and about on their iPhones.

According to Edwin, the whole migration to Google Apps is saving Clarus hundreds of dollars each month compared to their previous solution: “Memia did exactly what we asked them to do: the ROI of this project has been less than 6 weeks.”.

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