Tory Burch Accelerates Business with Google Drive

With the release of Google Drive for Work, recent Google blogs have highlighted the benefits of Google Drive and Google Apps in general, including an Enterprise Blog that described how Tory Burch, a White Stratus customer, was able to significantly boost its operational efficiency by deploying Google Drive. As Tory Burch explains, opening new retail outlets requires months of planning, with as many as 200 people involved in tasks ranging from hiring staff, importing custom fixtures, and designing windows—all leading to a grand opening of a new location. All the planning and documentation involved in opening a new store, including blueprints and project plans, is performed by Tory Burch teams worldwide. Google Drive helps the teams collaborate on documents and make decisions faster, and lets the company’s outside partners, like architects and visual designers, connect and collaborate seamlessly….

Travis Perkins Turns the Tide with Google Apps and Customer Success Services

  A recent Google Enterprise Blog describes how Travis Perkins, a White Stratus customer, has been able to achieve significant operational efficiencies by deploying Google Apps. Travis Perkins is the UK’s leading supplier of materials to the building and construction market and a FTSE 100 company. Travis Perkins’ Google Programme Leader relates how, prior to deploying Google Apps, the company’s workforce struggled to provide building materials quotes to prospective buyers. The problem stemmed from Travis Perkins having made a series of acquisitions over the last 30 years, which resulted in a number of different document systems being used by a workforce dispersed across many locations. The collection of mismatched systems made the process of creating quotes disjointed, confusing, and sluggish. The problem was solved when Travis Perkins installed Google Apps enterprise-wide to enable collaboration across…

Google’s New Chromebox for Meetings Makes Videoconferencing Easy, Affordable, and Irresistible

Although conducting business meetings face to face has its merits, the costs associated with travel and lost time, as well as an increasing awareness of the environmental impact of corporate travel, has made this an impractical and costly method of doing business. Until recently that meant you had the choice of hosting a voice conference with a leap of faith that participants were actually listening, or a videoconference if you were lucky enough that all parties had access to compatible technology. Unfortunately, everyone has a tale to tell about the voice or videoconference from hell where the attendees could not join the call, kept speaking over one another, or as often happens, just couldn’t make the technology work. In addition to being difficult to use, traditional videoconferencing systems are notoriously expensive to purchase, operate, and…

Why Retailers Choose Google Apps for Business

Retail companies have some of the most demanding technology needs imaginable. Challenged by high turnover, low margins, legacy platforms, and a lack of industry standards, technology is too often a barrier to competitive success in the retail industry. This is why, for retailers and hospitality companies, Google Apps for Business offers a host of advantages. Multi-unit retailers strive to provide the best product to their customers at the lowest cost possible. To provide the best customer experience and rise above the competition, successful retail companies must consistently make smart technology decisions. Many high-performing retail companies are choosing Google Apps to empower their workforces by providing best-in-class email and collaboration tools that give them the tools to succeed. Following are some of the reasons retail and hospitality companies are choosing to “Go Google.” Higher Turnover Means…

It’s All about Search: Finding Emails with Gmail

  Where did you leave your keys? Your mind pauses and then rewinds your movements, mentally retracing the path you desperately hope will lead to where you left them. However, your mind is already so full of data that it’s an effort to sift through the mental filing system and be confident of finding what you’re looking for. This struggle of recalling where we put something is an everyday one when it comes to email. For those of us who have been bottle fed on Outlook or Lotus Notes, managing our email boxes has been a necessary struggle at times. In those email systems we would grow roots of folders while adding braches of sub-folders to create an effective structure for storage and, we hoped, retrieval. When we wished to search for an email many…

Ten Best Practices for Google Apps Script

Google Apps for Business comprises multiple products such as Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and Sites, and gives enterprises a wide range of functionality in the cloud. But these services don’t meet the needs of all organization – at least not out of the box.   To extend the standard functionality of Google Apps products, Google offers Apps Script – a basic scripting language modelled on JavaScript.. With Apps Script you can easily: add custom menus, dialogs, and sidebars to Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms (Add-ons) write custom functions for Google Sheets publish web apps — either standalone or embedded in Google Sites (Gadgets) interact with other Google services, including AdSense, Analytics, Calendar, Drive, Finance, Gmail, and Maps You can see more examples in the Google Developers Showcase (https://developers.google.com/showcase/). Here at White Stratus, we help our clients tap…

White Stratus Training Tips: Taking Google to Task

Google has provided us with wondrous technology over the years: powerful web search, maps and ‘glass’ to name a few. And, of course, we have the work horses such as Gmail and Google Documents. Many of these products and innovations have evolved over the years but there is one feature which garners little praise and less attention: Tasks. Google Tasks are part of Gmail but, sadly, has not seen much ‘love’ from Google over the years. It still lacks some functionality but, even in its current form and with the assistance of mobile working, this stalwart of personal time management can power you through the day. Access Tasks from the Mail dropdown or use g then k if you have enabled your shortcuts. Using Tasks in your web browser you can do the following: Create…

5 Insights about Retail Big Data

There has been much excitement about Big Data. And perhaps no more so than in the Retail Industry, where the promise of deep insights into the behaviour of customers suggests a magic formula for driving vast sales and profits. The reality however has been slow to catch on. Despite tools for processing large data sets in shorter and shorter time frames, becoming available, few retailers are acting quickly to take advantage of these technologies. Some have taken action, like a recent White Stratus Retail client, who used Google’s Big Query to drive margin through improved pricing (understandably they want to stay anonymous…who wants to know they are paying more than they need to!). We have highlighted a few key themes that they learned from taking their first steps into the world of Google Big Data….

Advice Regarding the ‘Heartbleed’ Security Vulnerability

The recent public exposure of the ‘Heartbleed’ security flaw has attracted a great volume of media attention. ‘Heartbleed’ is a flaw in OpenSSL that could allow the theft of data normally protected by SSL/TLS encryption. Google have assessed this vulnerability and applied patches to key Google services such as Search, Gmail, YouTube, Wallet, Play, Apps and App Engine. Postini, Google Chrome and Chrome OS are not affected. Google are still working to patch some other services and have published recommendations for actions to take with these services in their Online Security Blog post. Many other vendors have already begun issuing patches and have information posted on their websites and portals addressing the vulnerability and a plan of action. While there have not been any reported attacks or malicious incidents involving this particular vulnerability confirmed at…

White Stratus Tech Tips: Template-Driven Documentation

Documentation is something that some see as a necessary evil; others look at it as a needless chore better left to someone else; others still see documentation as the indicator of a job well done. Documentation templates can help bring all of these different perspectives together and write quality software that’s easier and less expensive to maintain and extend. Writing documentation is the art of adding remarks to software source code in an effort to make that source code easier to understand and manipulate. The easier source code is to understand, the easier it is to maintain. The easier it is to maintain, the faster defects can be detected and repaired. Speedy resolution to the problems that come up over time means less time, effort, and ultimately money is spent maintaining software. A 2010 research brief…