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4.0 out of 5 stars Take me to the Cloud..., March 30, 2009
This review is from: Google Apps Deciphered: Compute in the Cloud to Streamline Your Desktop (Paperback)
Audience: Any Technical Individual interested in utilizing Google Apps as their "Cloud Computing" environment.
Skill: Some- Technical Knowledge Required
Readability: Fast Read
Information: Reference Material & How-to's

Pro's:
This is an excellent starter book for anyone interested in migrating a small organization to Google Apps. The book provides great reference sites and "real world" troubleshooting recommendations related to Google's Cloud Environment.

The book is divided in 7 parts:
Part 1: Getting Started with Google Apps
Part 2: Gmail
Part 3: Google Calendar
Part 4: Google Docs
Part 5: Google Sites
Part 6: The Other Services
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Part 7: Appendices

The priceless parts/chapters of this book are:

Part 2: Gmail

Chapter 7-10:
These chapters will take you through a detailed overview of Gmail which includes integration and migration. It will also provide the reader with a solid understanding of troubleshooting common issues and maintaining your Gmail "Google Apps" Environment. These chapters are the "must-know" for any IT Staffer managing GMail via "Google Apps."

Part 3: Google Calendar

Chapter 11-13:
These chapters are the "must-know" for any IT Staffer managing Google Calendar via "Google Apps."

Part 6: The Other Services

Chapter 18-21:
These chapters pull together the many "Cloud Computing" resources out there in "Google Land" and aid the reader in consolidating "Cloud" technologies. Chapter 20 discusses "Things to Know About Using Message Security and Recovery"- This is a "must-know" for all IT Staffers seeking email security and recovery recommendation within "Google Apps."

Con's:
If you are seeking migration tips for Google Docs- this is not the book for you. There is a chapter related to Google Docs but most of the information can be found on Google Forums or Groups. The subtitle of the book is, "Compute in the Cloud to Streamline Your Desktop"- in most general cases, Documents are included in that realm. This book does a poor job of promoting a migration solution to Google Doc.

Comments:
Overall, this book is worth the price and is a "must-have" for any IT Staffer supporting a Google Apps Environment. I love the Martian novel references peppered throughout the book.

The author should consider putting together additional books titled:
"Google Apps Deciphered- Small Business Environments": with a focus on small business environments
"Google Apps Deciphered- Enterprise Business Environments": with a focus on enterprise business environments
"Google Apps Deciphered- API The Cloud Environment": High-Level Technical Resource with a focus on Google Gears integration and API's.
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