Mossy Oak Properties: A Seamless Migration


Mossy Oak Properties – a brokerage of land specialists connecting buyers and sellers of rural property with professional real estate brokers, recently made the decision to modernize their IT operations by migrating to G Suite. Burdened by obsolete spam filters, spoofing issues, and a lack of advanced security tools, a change was necessary. Premier Cloud was trusted to migrate the email data of approximately 700 employees across 95 offices and 28 states in less than 45 days – all while fulfilling their guarantee of zero data loss and no downtime.

“Premier Cloud made the seemingly daunting migration process very streamlined, and they were very helpful in assisting us and our team members. That level of support has continued to this day. We highly recommend Google as an email provider and Premier Cloud as a migration and ongoing support partner.” – David Hawley, Director of New Business, Mossy Oak Properties.

Why G Suite?
G Suite offers industry-leading AI powered security solutions, reducing the risk of data breach by over 95%. Google’s built-in spam filter is the most sophisticated and effective on the market. Compared to Microsoft’s 97% spam rate, Google is sitting at 99.9%. Utilizing AI, Google also has the lowest false-positive rate at around 0.05%, compared to Microsoft’s 1%. G Suite offers 2-step verification, advanced phishing & malware protection, in-depth reporting, and much more.

In addition to leveraging these security features, Mossy Oak Properties has armed their staff with cloud-based collaboration tools that enable ‘America’s Land Specialists’ to work from anywhere, on any device, at any time. 

Why Premier Cloud?
Premier Cloud is an established Google Partner that specializes in helping businesses migrate to G Suite. The team has been involved in some of the worlds largest migrations to date and currently provides support to hundreds of thousands of end-users across North America. 

Renowned in the industry for their best-in-class G Suite Support & Customer Service, Premier Cloud provides support for numerous multinationals, government agencies, educational institutes, medical associations and multiple globally recognized corporations, many of which are featured on Fortune 500.
Organizations that are looking to ‘go Google’ seek the expertise of Premier Cloud for their Cloud Migration services. Customers feel a certain degree of relief knowing that their entire staff will have unlimited 24/7 G Suite Support during and after their migration.

“We take our commitment to delivering world-class work transformation solutions to our clients very seriously. We’re proud of the success we’ve had migrating and acclimating our clients to G Suite’s productivity apps. Our team of Google experts always strive to exceed our client’s expectations and ensure they have a pleasant and positive experience.” – Farsheed Azad, President & CEO, Premier Cloud Inc.

The Results
Premier Cloud and Google worked in tandem to execute a seamless migration to G Suite, on-time and on-budget. With declining customer support from their previous email provider, Mossy Oak Properties utilized Premier Cloud’s end-user support services to assist with Change Management and ongoing user adoption. With Google’s industry-leading security features and unrivaled spam filtering, the challenges they faced on their previous email platform are now a thing of the past.

Is your organization facing similar challenges? The Google experts at Premier Cloud can help you plan and achieve the best long term solution for your business.

To learn more about how G Suite’s robust security solutions can benefit your organization, contact us: sales@premiercloud.com

Premier Cloud Achieves Second Expertise Status from Google


Premier Cloud Achieves Second Expertise Status from Google

Google Cloud Partner Program recognizes Premier Cloud’s technical certifications and proven customer success through second Expertise designation in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Victoria, BC, August 12, 2020 – Victoria-based Premier Cloud Inc., a leading G Suite reseller specializing in Cloud Migrations, announces it has achieved Expertise status in Health Care/Life Sciences. The Google Cloud Partner Program enables customers to purchase Google products and services through a designated Partner. Premier Cloud received their first designation in Work Transformation on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020.

By earning the Partner Expertise designations, Premier Cloud has proven their expertise and success in building customer solutions using Google Cloud technology. 

Partners that have achieved Expertise status in Healthcare and Life Sciences have demonstrated success in facilitating a transformation of their client’s work process, enabling  hospitals to improve patient care, enhance provider satisfaction, operate more efficiently and organize healthcare and life sciences data to make it universally accessible, secure, and useful.

G Suite’s impactful work transformation solution brings people, information, and applications together to reimagine how work gets done, facilitating secure, real-time team collaboration and communications around the world.

Premier Cloud began its journey with Google in 2008 as a G Suite Reseller and has since expanded its presence in the Google universe providing migrations, licensing and support.

About Premier Cloud

Premier Cloud is a proud Google Cloud Partner and G Suite reseller that specializes in end-user support and Cloud Migrations. They have provided support for numerous government agencies, educational institutions, medical associations and multiple globally recognized corporations, many of which are featured on Fortune 500.

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Google Shared Drive: Harness Your Teams’ Productivity

Want to truly harness your team’s full productivity potential? I would recommend investigating G Suite’s collaborative apps; Shared Drive in particular. I’ve saved you some time with this ultra quick read.

Google Shared Drive (formerly known as Team Drive) is a shared storage drive. All team or business members can create and store files within the Shared Drive and files can be personal and private or shared with the entire team. It’s easy to set up team drives for all the departments in your organization such as Finance, Sales, Marketing, IT, etc. and your teams are able to access all relevant training materials, resources, and project files quickly, collaborating in real-time rather than emailing different versions of the same files back and forth.


Team Based Features

Equal File Sharing Rules: Everyone in the Shared Drive can see the same content.
Team-Based File Ownership: Any files stored in the Shared Drive are then considered owned by the team, and not under specific ownership of one person. This allows all documents to be developed. 
Easy to Add New Members: It is quick and easy to add new members in Shared Drive. 
External Sharing: External users can also be added to the Shared Drive. The contributions of external users is no different from regular additions to the Shared Drive. Anything contributed by external users is owned by the Shared Drive.
Easy Document Access: Access by all members is quick and easy. New users can be added in seconds and have access to all files immediately.
“Quick Access” File Searching: The Team Drive has a “Quick Access” feature that helps to find files quickly. This feature uses algorithms to identify documents, analyze trending topics.
 
To learn more about how Google Shared Drive can benefit your business, contact our Google experts: sales@premiercloud.com.

G Suite Hacks for Small Businesses

G Suite can improve workflows, collaboration and security. There are many useful features that the average G Suite user is unaware of.

This quick-read is designed to help you leverage the full capabilities of G Suite’s productivity apps with these helpful tips!

G Suite Marketplace
G Suite Marketplace is an online store for web apps that integrate with Google Apps and with third party software. Easily browse and install free or paid apps that integrate with G Suite.

Importrange
It’s a feature that allows you to pull data into a spreadsheet from a different Google Sheet. Importrange will allow you to import any range of data from one spreadsheet into another. Type =IMPORTRANGE into a cell in sheets, and you’ll be asked to fill in the spreadsheet key and then the scale of data you’d like to import.

Smart Compose
The Smart Compose feature is powered by machine learning and offers suggestions as you type. You can enable or disable Smart Compose in your Gmail settings, and when enabled, you can hit tab and accept autocomplete suggestions based on language you’ve used in previous emails.

Google Forms
Collect and analyze data efficiently by easily writing and building surveys and receive immediate feedback from your customers, employees and more. The information is collected and automatically connected to a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is populated with the survey and quiz responses.

Branded Templates
Branding is everything. It’s advisable to invest in a quality graphic designer to create on-brand templates for your business communications and save all the templates in Drive. Your teams can easily access the templates when they need to write official communications.

Business Dashboard 
Google recently announced the incredible new Work Insights dashboard that allows users to learn how G Suite is used within your organization. Dashboard helps leaders identify areas where G Suite’s apps are being used to ameliorate collaboration and efficiency, and departments who aren’t taking advantage of G Suite’s full capabilities.

Stay tuned for more G Suite hacks! 

Have any questions about these G Suite hacks? Get in touch with our Google experts to learn more about the many features of G Suite. sales@premiercloud.com

Premier Cloud Achieves Expertise Status from Google

Google Cloud Partner Program recognizes Premier Cloud’s technical certifications and proven customer success through Work Transformation designation

Victoria, BC, August 4, 2020 – Premier Cloud Inc., a leading G Suite reseller specializing in Cloud Migrations, announces it has achieved Expertise status in Work Transformation within the Google Cloud Partner Program.

By earning the Partner Expertise designation, Premier Cloud has proven their expertise and success in building customer solutions using Google Cloud technology. 

Partners that have achieved Expertise status in Work Transformation have demonstrated success in facilitating a transformation of their client’s work process. G Suite’s impactful work transformation solution brings people, information, and applications together to reimagine how work gets done, facilitating secure, real-time team collaboration and communications around the world.

“Achieving Expertise recognition is evidence of how seriously we take our commitment to delivering world-class work transformation solutions to our clients,” said Premier Cloud’s President & CEO, Farsheed Azad. 

Premier Cloud began its journey with Google in 2008 as a G Suite Reseller and has since expanded its presence in the Google universe providing migrations, licensing and support.

About Premier Cloud
Premier Cloud is a proud Google Cloud Partner and G Suite reseller specializing in End-User Support and Cloud Migrations. Premier Cloud has provided support for numerous government agencies, educational institutions, medical associations and multiple globally recognized corporations, many of which are featured on Fortune 500.

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Premier Cloud Inc.                                                                                       
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G Suite and Google Meet: Some Updates

Google Cloud has launched several new features in the wake of the work transformation surrounding Covid 19. Leaders are realizing the necessity of selecting the best productivity and collaboration tools.

Here are some updates to G Suite and Google Meet that will enhance your workplace.

Integrated Workspace

Google Cloud has brought email, chat, voice, and video together. Having all of these channels amalgamated within Gmail will allow your teams to focus on relevant work as opposed to endless searching and bouncing from app to app. Google Cloud is making the collaboration features in Chat rooms even better by adding shared files and tasks. Teams will be able to open and co-edit documents with their colleagues without leaving Gmail, making real-time collaboration even more intuitive and easy. The new integrated space will also allow your teams to work seamlessly with third-party applications like DocuSign, Salesforce, and Trello. 

Find the Right Information Quickly

For most employees, roughly 20-30% of the work week is spent searching for information. To help boost productivity, Google Cloud has expanded Gmail’s search capabilities to include Chat which is an incredible time saver.

Move Easily Between Channels

Teams can swiftly join a video call from a chat, seamlessly forward a chat message to their inbox, easily create a task from a chat message, and more. Teams are able to communicate and collaborate more fluidly and thus more efficiently.

Google Meet Updates

Google Meet is making remote work easier in the following ways:

Customizable and Blurred Backgrounds

Google Cloud will be making it easier to blur out your background, or replace it with an image of your choosing to avoid navigating meetings from with kids playing in the background, or an embarrassing pile of laundry in view.

Larger Meeting Size and Layout

Google Meet’s new selection of layouts ensure teams can better see who, and what is necessary to see in meetings. The addition of the tiled layout in April gave users the ability to see 16 other participants in a meeting as well as content that’s being shared at the same time. More improvements are being developed that will enable participants to see up to 49 other participants at once. 

Other developments coming soon:

Meeting Attendance: This feature will give meeting hosts a way to see who is attending their meeting.
Hand Raising: This feature will enable users to “raise their hands” when they have a question or something to say during large meetings and thus increase participation.
Breakout Rooms: This feature will make it easy for large meetings to split into smaller groups, and reconvene once finished. 

Want to learn more about G Suite? Get in touch with our Google experts: sales@premiercloud.com

Google Voice: Have You Tried it Yet?

In 2019, Google released Google Voice for G Suite. 

Now, Google is offering it to G Suite customers. It’s a tool that will prove useful as teams around the world adjust to remote work and supervisors decide how to efficiently manage a remote team as the way we work is rapidly changing.

What is Google Voice?

Google Voice uses VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) which allows you to make voice calls through an internet connection.

Google Voice can be used in lieu of a landline phone or as a way to offer a business phone connection to the mobile devices of their employees.

It’s very easy to set up as it only requires an internet connection and a device to connect with. It’s also easy to use, and comes with an uncomplicated per-user/per-month pricing model. Google Voice integrates with G Suite seamlessly. Each team member can select their own Google Voice number or you can assign numbers. If you already have phone numbers set up, those numbers can be used. All incoming communication (voicemail, text, email) will be forwarded to your inbox, so you or your team members can quickly prioritize communications. It’s a fantastic and affordable option that works well for businesses of every size.

Features

Free Calls to the U.S. and Canada: One of the best features for small businesses is unlimited calling throughout the U.S and Canada, for free. This avoids carrier fees, and is much more professional than Skype calling.
 
Group Messaging: Free SMS messaging including group and photo MMS is also included in Google Voice. 
 
Affordable International Calling Rates: https://voice.google.com/rates
 
Voicemail Transcriptions: This feature sends your voicemail to your phone text, and sends it to your email. 
 
Personalized Greetings: With Google Voice you can actually set up specific greetings for specific callers. 
 
Call Forwarding: Google Voice gives every member a free phone number that you can use on multiple devices. You can have up to 6 different existing numbers set to forward to your new Google Voice number.  
 
Record Calls:  By pressing four on your dial pad you can automatically record your calls.

Want to learn more about how Google Voice can benefit your business? Contact one of our Google experts: sales@premiercloud.com

G Suite: The Perfect Solution for Realtors


G Suite offers a versatile, collaborative and secure suite of cloud-based tools and applications that can be accessed anywhere, on any device, at any time – even in the absence of an internet connection. Virtually every industry has a plethora of success stories and use cases for how they leverage G Suite for their business needs – this article is focused on the Real Estate sector. Here are some of the primary ways that Real Estate firms are leveraging G Suite:

Flexible billing options
Collaboration tools 
Secure document sharing
Advanced spam filtering 
Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
 
Flexible billing options
When customers purchase their G Suite licenses through Premier Cloud, they have the ability to decide what payment plan that works best for them, whether it’s monthly, quarterly, annually or a custom payment option. For businesses and industries that experience regular fluctuations in their workforce, Google’s monthly (flexible) option is ideal. This pay-as-you-go model allows for customers to scale up & down without any penalties and no long-term contracts – you only pay for what you need, when you need it with G Suite, which is rare in today’s marketplace of productivity tools where annual contracts are the standard.

Collaboration tools 
Collaborate on Docs, Sheets and Chat in real time; quickly find space on everybody’s calendar, and run meetings from anywhere. Keep your team connected with premium video conferencing through Google Meet built on Google’s robust and secure global infrastructure. Meet is included with G Suite.

Secure document sharing
With G Suite, you’ll enjoy instant and secure file storage and sharing through Google Drive. You’ll have access to unlimited Document Storage (Business or Enterprise licenses) and Powerful Document Search powered by Google.      
                                                                           
Advanced Spam Filtering
G Suite offers industry-leading AI powered security solutions, reducing the risk of data breach by over 95%. Google’s built-in spam filter is the most sophisticated and effective on the market. Compared to Microsoft’s 97% spam rate, Google is sitting at 99.9%. 

                                                                                                                     DLP                                                                                                                                  
Real estate agents are always working on their phones and meeting clients around town. This on the go activity runs the risk of exposing your company or client data through the loss or mishandling of devices. Real-estate companies are the current lowest-hanging digital fruit for cybercriminals. The FBI claims that real-estate companies are specially targeted in these attacks and every participant in the real-estate transaction is a possible victim. With G Suite, it’s easy to set user and device level data protection from the admin control panel, which will instantly make this relatively frequent corporate data security concern a thing of the past for your business. G Suite surpasses the most stringent privacy and security standards. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with enterprise-level data security included in your low monthly fee when you choose G Suite.


Our Google experts will assist you in selecting the best G Suite plan for your Real Estate business.
Call us at 888-866-2230, or email us sales@premiercloud.com


Collaboration on the Cloud: Improving Remote Team Productivity


The majority of remote workers report that they feel their most productive when working remotely; in fact, around 77% of remote workers report greater efficiency in remote team productivity when working off-site, with 30% accomplishing more in less time. 

Remote work is enhanced further by the right collaborative tools. Has your team collaborated on the cloud yet?

Remote Collaboration on the Cloud

Collaboration is integral to your company’s growth and success.

Collaboration requires an agile environment that ensures ease of function, security and reliability across locations and devices. Employees are able to collaborate more effectively with real-time editing in Docs, Slides, Sheets, and other tools, contributing feedback from anywhere on any device. The ease of collaboration also leads to a reduction in the number and length of meetings, allowing employees to stay focused on active work. Additionally, in G Suite, all software and security updates are processed automatically so workers no longer experience lengthy and inconvenient disruptions to keep devices and hardware up to date. It gives workers better access to data to inform decision making, and sparks a cultural change toward embracing innovation. 

Empower your employees during these unprecedented times with G Suite’s collaborative tools.

To learn more about how G Suite’s Productivity apps can benefit your teams’ remote work experience, send our Google Experts a message sales@premiercloud.com

Why is Google Cloud a Perfect Solution for a Deskless Workplace?


The world is rapidly moving to an increased focus on the deskless workplace and cloud workers.

There are numerous benefits when you harness the full capabilities of Google Cloud. 

Here are the first four benefits of Google Cloud computing:

Security
There’s a massive risk when corporate data is placed outside of your company. When employees or teams are using hardware or software that hasn’t been approved for use by your IT department, otherwise known as shadow IT, the security of your organization is at risk. Shadow IT may transpire if your IT department is slow to approve a request, or when workers don’t know they need to make a request. The Google Cloud offers stronger protection against unmitigated shadow IT risks and other security vulnerabilities. The cloud offers many tools that can help your IT team track unauthorized applications and extensions, individual user usage and more.

Innovate
When teams are struggling with slow servers, bad network connections, hard drive failures and so on, they are focusing more time on getting the system to function than to use it to innovate. The Google Cloud is designed for innovation through integrated avenues for communication and collaboration in G Suite. On G Suite, teams have easy and quick access to shared docs, slides, sheets, chats, hangouts and video conferencing tools rather than using a file that only allows one user to edit it at the same time. When teams are more productive, they have the opportunity to be more creative.

Faster business decisions and collaboration
You miss out on key business deals when you can’t quickly access the data you need to make key business decisions. Operations within a Google cloud become much more fluid due to easily accessible data. Your information is stored securely in the cloud and accessible from any device, from anywhere in the world at any given time. With Google’s Offline mode, you don’t even need to be connected to wifi.  As a result, team collaboration is improved. More than one person can access cloud-based documents at the same time and work together in real-time to edit them and comment with each other in chat features.

Cost effective
If you’re employing legacy processes and procedures, you could find yourself in technical debt. Your budget is allocated to maintaining older capital equipment, and your IT department’s time is spent managing these servers. The Forrester report from 2019 revealed that over a three-year period, payback on investment would occur within the first 12 months post-migration. Results of interviews of eight G Suite customers indicated top-line revenue growth at an additional $12.9 million after transformation and total end-user and IT productivity gains totaling $23.6 million. The total ROI was 331%. 

Get in touch with our team of Google Experts to learn more about G Suite productivity tools and Google Cloud computing. Call us 888-866-2230 or email us at sales@premiercloud.com