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Salesforce + Google Apps = Productive Small Biz

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We are (GetIT Comms) using Salesforce Group Edition for last 4 years and started using Google Apps since last year for our mails, documents and calendar. Evidently we are delighted to hear that Salesforce and Google Apps now working together. :)

BTW: Integration is very easy, I did it in 5 minutes.

From Techcrunch

Google is in effect becoming Salesforce’s productivity suite. Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentation can be created from within Salesforce’s CRM application. GTalk works as the de facto instant messenger within Salesforce. With one click, sales people who use Gmail can send any email correspondence with potential or existing customers to Salesforce, where it becomes recorded as part of the sales cycle. Sales events and marketing campaigns can be overlayed onto a Google Calendar (see screen shot below), as well as colleague’s schedules for figuring out convenient meeting times.

Lee Leefever did a wonderful job (as usual) to describe Google Apps + Salesforce in plain english.

 

Some more detail on the integration

Salesforce and Gmail

E-mail and CRM—Joined Together. See your productivity soar when you use Gmail for business and send messages to contacts from inside Salesforce or log e-mails in Salesforce from Gmail.
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Salesforce and Google Talk

Instant Messaging Inside Salesforce. Instantly communicate with colleagues right from Salesforce—> during sales or customer services calls, in discussions with partners, or when reviewing CRM data in Salesforce.
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Salesforce and Google Docs

Real-Time Document Collaboration. Share documents with your colleagues, partners, and customers so that everyone can work together in real time—no more e-mailing attachments or worrying about different versions floating around.
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Salesforce and Google Calendar

Multiple Calendars Managed Together. Manage your various work activities plus your personal and outside calendars all in one easy calendar interface with the checkbox simplicity and drag-and-drop convenience you would expect from Web 2.0.
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Salesforce and Google Start Page

Everything That Matters—in a Single Glance. Start your day with a customized, all-in one view of everything that matters to your business.
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Written by anol

April 15th, 2008 at 6:03 am

Killer Application (+) Comic Soup Vol II

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Since the very beginning of civilization FreindFeed.com gathered lots of positive attention. Although I really really like the application (it converted the phrase ‘can I subscribe to your brain‘ into reality), but it was a bit overstretch when FreindFeed.com was getting touted as Google Reader killer or Facebook Killer.

I posted a question  at LinkedIn asking  "Do you think LinkedIn should add a ‘life-streaming’ service like freindfeed.com? Where users can aggregate the feeds from other places like blogs twetter etc? Why and why not?" followed by a clarification : "I think all of you must be thinking – why this weired thought came to my mind? As you might be aware of freindfeed.com is being touted as facebook killer / google reader killer etc. Just wanted to get a vibe from the users of LinkedIn – what they think about lifestream + social network equation!".

Go there and checkout the violent responses I got! 

Written by anol

April 8th, 2008 at 7:32 am

GSpot (Google+Jotspot): Google Sites finally live

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Google Sites is finally live, 16 months after Google’s acquisition of JotSpot wiki. It looks totally different than JotSpot and has a tremendous possibility to make wiki a mainstream tool.

Some of the Features :

  • Single-click page creation Creating a new page for your Google Site just takes the click of a button.
  • No HTML required Creating a Google Site is as easy as editing a document, which means there’s no markup language for you to learn — just get started.
  • Make it your own Our customization options let you give your Google Site your own look and feel
  • Get started with templates We offer a growing list of page types — web page, announcements, file cabinet, dashboard and list — to help you get started with your Google Sites pages.
  • Upload files and attachments Use the file cabinet to upload files up to 10MB in size. Each Google Apps account receives at least 10GB of storage in Google Sites. Google Apps Premier and Education editions get an additional 500MB for each user account.
  • Embed rich content Google Sites is integrated with other Google products, so you can insert videos, docs, spreadsheets, presentations, photo slide shows, and calendars directly onto your Google Sites pages.
  • Work together and share Our permission settings let you designate owners, viewers and collaborators (meaning they can edit pages) for your site. And you can make your Google Sites available to just a few people, your entire organization, or the world.
  • Search with Google You can search across Google Sites pages and content using powerful Google search technology. You’ll find specific pages and documents instantly, the same way you would on Google.com.

Here goes the official introduction and a short video on Google Site:

Google Sites is the easiest way to make information accessible to people who need quick, up-to-date access. People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Creating a site together is as easy as editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether it’s just yourself, your team, or your whole organization. You can even publish Sites to the world. The Google Sites web application is accessible from any internet connected computer.

Written by anol

February 29th, 2008 at 3:51 am

Exploratree : Web Based Visual Thinking Tool

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Exploratree (a project by Enquiring Minds is a three-year research and development program which is run by Futurelab and funded by Microsoft) offers an impressive selection of free visual thinking tool, guides and framework.

It is a free web based tool where you can download, use and make your own interactive thinking guides. Thinking guides can support independent and group research projects with frameworks for thinking, planning and enquiry. We’ve provided a set of ready-made guides which you can print out or use online. All of the guides are completely customizable or you can start from scratch and make your own! You can share them and work on them in groups too.

Exploratree’s library of visual ideation tools includes some well recognized idea-generation techniques, such as SCAMPER and Lotus Blossom, as well as tools for evaluating ideas like PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) and Thinking Boxes (considering things from different perspectives).

Found Via The Mind Mapping Software Weblog

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January 25th, 2008 at 6:47 am

That’s what I call innovation! (and it’s NOT Apple Air Notebook)

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Team Aquaduct, the San Bruno, California team – consisting of John Lai, Adam Mack, Brian Mason, Eleanor Morgan, Paul Silberschatz wins the first Innovate or Die Pedal-Powered Machine contest. (read more about all the winners).

Their innovation is Aquaduct. A pedal powered vehicle that transports, filters, and stores water for the developing world. A peristaltic pump attached to the pedal crank draws water from a large tank, through a carbon filter, to a smaller clean tank. The clean tank is removable and closed for contamination-free home storage and use. A clutch engages and disengages the drive belt from the pedal crank, enabling the rider to filter the water while traveling or while stationary.

Watch the Aquaduct video

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January 17th, 2008 at 8:54 am