Gartner has recenty predicted that by 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today. CIOs will increasingly leverage a multitude of cloud computing providers across the entire IT stack to enable a huge variety of use cases and meet the requirements of their business unit peers. Indeed, the tides are shifting toward a “cloud-first” or even “cloud-only” policy... 

Marc Wilczek

Phase Two Of The Cloud Revolution Is Well Underway

Phase Two Of The Cloud Revolution Is Well Underway

It began with the biggest inbox storage available on the market and it grew to 5GB of free server storage but it did not stop there. We are talking, of course, about the host of services that Google has brought to the PC world. And now they have the upper hand in the fight with Microsoft’s Office Suite as they are trying to move in the space of cloud computing. Office 365 is one of the latest Microsoft creations aimed at delivering the same type of productivity we have enjoyed from them for years but through online apps.

But, while in the real world Microsoft Office is still the undisputed champion, in the online app environment, Google is by far the favorite since their products are free and offer basically the same functionality and aesthetics.

However, the fight between these two giants is certainly going to last for many years to come and we are already seeing an entire host of online services being built on top of the current Google offer. BetterCloud is one of the most successful developers to take advantage of an already existing online app and provide a better customer experience through their service.

They have noticed that, while the Google Apps front end experience was nearly perfect, the administrative support was somewhat lacking. Not that it does not exist, but every function is hidden somewhere under the sub-menu of a menu. So what their FlashPanel does is to provide administrators analytics options for every document that their team uploads.

The Flash Panel is meant to be used in concert with the Apps Butler. It is a chatbot with whom the users can communicate over Google Talk and ask it to perform a number of basic functions. So, for example, if a manager would like to send a message to everyone in their team he could simply use his smartphone to connect with the Apps Butler and ask it to deliver the message.

And for those who are not quite familiar with every functionality of the BetterCloud or what Google Apps can do there are over 100 videos on the AskTheGooru part of the Better Cloud site detailing each functionality of either tool.

BetterCloud has certainly went all in betting on the success of Google Apps and, seeing how they have grown from 300,000 beta testers of the Flash Panel in late July of this year to 2.75 million users this month, we can certainly conclude that they have managed, not only to be a part of the Google Apps success, but also to built upon it.

And the future looks great with a new release of the Flash Panel. This time it will also bring administrative rights to its users. The team at Better Cloud have noticed that companies have a difficult time controlling which one of their documents are being publicly shared or internally. And so their future release will allow the manager to restrict sharing privileges of the other users and will also be able to tell, at a glance, what documents can be viewed and by whom.

The entire BetterCloud suite is certainly worth the install and it is a great thing that it is free for now. We are probably going to see a premium edition or other monetization tricks being installed now that it has been able to gather such a following.

By Luchi Gabriel Manescu


Luchi is a Sociology major that worked as a technician in a computer shop to put himself through collage. He then continued to work for HP as a data analyst while trying to assert himself as a soft skills trainer. Finally he found the perfect balance between his diverging skills when he started writing tech related articles almost 3 years ago and since then he has continued to learn about almost every aspect of the IT world while continuously working on his writing skills.