"After using Outlook/Exchange since 1997 and RIM/BlackBerry
devices since 2004, I recently spearheaded a move to migrate TPC
Healthcare (the boutique healthcare technology firm that I founded)
to Google Apps and to Google's Android devices. For a long time I
considered myself to be a big Microsoft/RIM guy, but over the last
couple of years something really shifted for me, not the least of
which was spinning off my business into its own entity.
"Partially this shift was about saving money. At
$50-per-year-per-user, Google Apps Premier Edition is a no-brainer
for the small business owner who needs enterprise features. Prior
to this move I'd been outsourcing seats on Exchange/BlackBerry
Enterprise servers for $22.90-per-user-per-month, along with a
Smartphone Enterprise $45/month/user data plan. I had become
accustomed to these overhead costs, but when presented with the
possibility of saving 50 percent while getting a broader set of
applications, I knew I had to check it out.
"But cost was not the only reason I switched to Google."