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Excellent book on why and how to move to the cloud,
This review is from: Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right (Hardcover)Seldom do I read every page of a book, but I just did. I devoured every page of Getting Organized in the Google Era, an excellent book written by Douglas C. Merrill, the former chief information officer of Google.
Don't be put off by its title--it's not as nerdy as it sounds. My advice: Do yourself a huge favor and read this if you are still old-fashioned enough to:
1. Use Microsoft Outlook to send and receive e-mail.
2. Keep your appointments in an Outlook calendar.
3. Store most of your important documents on the hard drive of your computer.
4. Fear using "the cloud" for e-mail, calendar and document storage.
5. Have no clue what is meant by the term "in the cloud."
I don't mean to be melodramatic or condescending, but I strongly believe we are veering towards obsolescence if we are still anchored to Outlook or to a Franklin-Covey planner for either our personal or work calendars. I also think we are seriously outmoded if we believe that the best way to organize our e-mails is to drag them from our inboxes into a hierarchy of folders and subfolders. In our globally-connected world, I can't imagine anyone being unable to access his or her calendar, e-mail or documents from a smartphone or a computer.
To change ingrained habits we must start thinking differently. This exceptionally insightful book will help to change the way we think about the world. Just so you'll know, this is not merely a book adulating the wonders of Google. Rather, the author describes ways to handle the blurring of our personal & professional lives. He talks about letting strategy drive our day-to-day decisions around tactics. He provides useful tips for customizing any organizational system to fit our personal needs, readily admitting that one size does not fit all.