Benefits Of A Google Workspace Partner
Are you planning on moving your business to Google Workspace? Or you already are on Google Workspace and you are looking for better usage? In both situations it is recommended that you do your research and find the right partner that suits your business needs. You don’t really have to go with a Google partner. Many of Google’s clients deal directly with Google and not through partners. They are able to get free Google Workspace support by lodging a ticket or calling Google support (see details below). However because Google is such a large organisation, they are unable to give their clients the attention or flexibility they might need. That’s why Google heavily invests in their partner network to provide a better experience to their customers by going through a local partner that can handle their specialist needs. Here is a list of what we believe you should look for in a Google Workspace Partner.
- Local support that can provide fast response to your issues
- Deal with the same support team who know your business
- Google Workspace certified staff
- IT support background, not a web design business
- Keep you updated with new features of Google Workspace
- Able to train your staff on Google Workspace
- Specialist with cloud security and data loss prevention
Although this is not a must have, it is a nice thing to have. As with any supplier, you build better relationships when you meet face to face. Often, when we visit a client's office we discover opportunities for improvement which we would have missed if we were only communicating via email or phone. An example of this is when we sit down with the staff and see how they operate day to day. We can often recommend a better way to operate such as using Google Docs & Sheets in the browser rather than Microsoft Office so they can then benefit from collaboration features in the cloud. This is also very handy when moving to Google Workspace. If the client has poor internet speeds we can offer them a “seeding” service where we take a copy of all their emails and data on a hard drive and take it back to our office to upload it to Google Workspace for them. Finally, on site Google Workspace training is far more effective than when performed remotely as it can be tailored more to suit how the business operates and encourages more Q&A.
Small team that knows your business
Although Google Workspace is designed to be a simple product for businesses to adopt and operate, we find all businesses operate differently in the way they communicate with emails, calendars and process documents. We often find some staff may be using Gmail in the browser while others prefer to use an e-mail client such as Outlook. Businesses often have generic email addresses that forward to different people and access permissions in Google Drive. Therefore when you need help with Google Workspace, it’s good to call someone that knows how you operate Google Workspace. If you call Google directly they would most likely give you their simplest solution which might not suit your existing setup and cause issues in the future. An example of this is when an employee leaves the business and you call Google for help in removing the account. Google won’t advise you on the process to export all the emails and Drive data to a zip file and store it securely in an ‘ex-employees’ folder in Google Drive (this is the process we follow when we remove accounts).
Experts in the industry
The right Google Workspace partner can help your business get the most out of Google Workspace - that can actually be a real business driver. A recent report from Deloitte called The Collaborative Economy showed some interesting statistics of businesses in Australia. It was found that employees who collaborated, worked on average 15% faster. Also, 73% of them produced better quality work, 60% were more innovative, and 56% were more satisfied with their jobs. Businesses with a collaborative strategy are twice as likely to outgrow their competitors and more likely to improve their bottom line.
Another reason to get a Google Workspace expert is to ensure your transition is a smooth process and done correctly. If you’re coming from a previous email system, you want to ensure all of your email history is transferred over correctly with intact folders and other items like calendar appointments and address book contacts. This migration process should be well planned for and executed to minimise business disruption. When looking for a Google Workspace partner, it’s a good idea to engage with a business that knows how to implement these systems and get staff on board with good training. This way, they are able to adopt the new technology and benefit immediately. The key items to look for here is to check if their staff have Google certifications such as Google Workspace deployment specialist or Google Workspace administrator.
Some businesses offer Google Workspace to their clients as an additional service, however they do this very poorly. E.g we often see website designers implement Google Workspace for a business but don’t migrate their email history, calendars or contacts. They don’t help the business learn about Google Drive so the business only ever uses a fraction of the Google suite of products and misses great opportunities for business improvements. Don’t fall into a trap by setting up your Google Workspace incorrectly, read more here for common mistakes businesses make with Google Workspace!
Google Workspace doesn't have the solution for everything. We often find 3rd party cloud applications that can enhance a businesses experience with Google Workspace. These 3rd party companies develop software to fill a missing need Google Workspace may not fulfill.
Since they are not correctly advertised, you can't know about all of these and won’t have the time to investigate it either. But a good Google Workspace partner can help you with recommendations and implementation.
A few complementary 3rd party applications to look for include:
Google Workspace management
If your business has more than 20 accounts then it can be tricky managing all the users in a centralised manner. The Google Workspace admin console has limited functionality and lots of settings may need to be applied to the users’ individual login. This means you would need their password to login or you could ask them to apply the settings.
This is where a great tool like CloudPages allows you to manage all the accounts centrally without needing staff passwords. Ideal for onboarding and offboarding staff.
Google Workspace should be backed up somewhere. There are risks that your data could get compromised (read this article to see the importance of backing up Google Workspace) We recommend Spanning and Backupify for this.
With the recent outbreak of the global ransomware WannaCry & Petya mostly delivered via email, it’s clear that most email providers, including Google and Microsoft, don’t have adequate email filtering to protect businesses from these infections. A 3rd party mail filtering is far more likely to catch this and prevent it from being delivered to your inbox.
Chrome enhancements It’s recommended to operate Google Workspace out of the Chrome browser to get the full feature set and efficiency available. There are many Chrome extensions and applications that give users a better experience - read this article to see what they are
Chrome Devices There is no surprise that Google Workspace and Google Chrome hardware work perfectly together. Users can increase productivity and decrease the costs of IT by implementing Chrome devices such as Chromebooks, Chromebox and Hangouts Meet Hardware. Having a partner that can setup Chrome management with printers, security and apps is of great value to any organisation.
Security as a priority
Security should be one of your main concerns when it comes to your IT system. Every day, cybercriminals are finding more clever ways to get into your systems! Their reasons are varied but in the case of a ransomware, they will hold your data until you pay the ransom.
Google is always improving their security, but it feels like cybercriminals are always one step ahead. Another large threat in businesses is Data leakage caused by staff, sometime staff leave to another competitor or start their own business taking your business data with them. Therefore it’s very important that your Google Workspace partner is able to recommend and help implement best security practices such:
- 2-step authentication
- Setting up Google Drive with correct user access
- How to share email accounts the safe way
Being kept in the loop
Google releases hundreds of updates and new products every year, many of which you would want to know. Rather than being constantly bombarded with emails from Google, it would be more convenient for a Google partner to relay the relevant information to you in a simple and easy to understand way.
For example, Google recently released a new backup and sync tool for Google Drive - this is a great way to backup your computer.
Flexible payment options
We have seen many clients prefer to deal with a Google Workspace partner for their billing rather than go directly to Google. This could be because Google only has one payment option (credit card) which doesn't always suit the business needs.
Many of our clients prefer to pay via EFT, cheque, cash, credit card or PayPal. It’s also good to be aware of which payment model is more suited, annual vs flexible (monthly). There is a 20% saving option for businesses who are happy to pay annually rather than monthly.
A couple of issues to be aware of:
- For annual billing, you pay in advance for the licenses and there is no refund if your business downsizes and you don't require as many licenses anymore. You can of course re-use the licenses for other staff or generic email accounts.
- For annual billing, if you have additional staff (increased number of employees in business) then you need to contact your Google Workspace partner to request they increase the amount of licenses you have. You don’t need to do this if you’re on flexible payments. You are charged by the amount of licenses you had for the respective month. You can add and subtract as you wish.
- One important tip is to find a partner in your country. We have saved businesses thousands of dollars by billing them in Australian currency rather than US.
How to engage with a Google Workspace partner
By now, you should see the many benefits of finding the right Google Workspace partner for your business.
There are many places to find a Google Workspace partner such as:
- the Google Cloud partner search,
- you can call Google directly on 1800 726 151
- You can do a Google search for Google Workspace partner.
To bring your Google Workspace domain to a Google partner you need to generate a transfer token which proves to Google that this Google Workspace partner will be managing your billing going forward. As soon as the partner adds your domain to their management they will start billing you from that day onwards either for an annual or monthly payment.
If you’re already on yearly payment with Google or another partner, then it makes sense to wait until you are close to your renewal date before transferring so you don't waste any remaining months of credit.
To generate the transfer token, you simply go to this URL: admin.google.com/TransferToken and sign in with a Google account that is a super administrator.
Click the GENERATE TRANSFER TOKEN text and then copy and paste the token into an email to send it to your new Google Workspace partner.
FAQWhat access does the Google Workspace partner have
Your Google Workspace partner will have access to manage your licenses as well as access to your Google Workspace admin console. This will give them the ability to manage your Google Workspace environment if you wish.
They do not have direct access to view staff emails or documents, but they can reset an employee’s password and login to this account and access this information. Therefore it is very important that you pick a Google Workspace partner you can trust. Remember it's the staff of the Google Workspace partner you need to be concerned with.
Can I restrict access to the Google Workspace partner
Yes you can, you can set the Google Workspace partner to only manage your billing and disable their access to your Google Workspace admin console. To do this simply do the following:
- Sign in to their Admin console.
- Click Company Profile > Profile
- Uncheck the Reseller Access box.
- Click Save changes.
Yes you can. To transfer back to Google you need to ask your current partner to “end the reseller relationship”. This will then move your Google Workspace billing to a 1-month free trial mode where you have up to 1 month to find another reseller or organize your credit card details with Google for them to start billing you directly.
You can also do the transfer token as per above and transfer directly to another reseller whenever you wish.
If you wish to discuss Google Workspace partners futher, please contact our sales department on 1300 889 839 and select option 3