SherpaTools for Google Apps Hits Major Milestone

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IT Admin App Installed by 16,000 Domains Worldwide, Making it One of the Most Installed Apps in the Google Apps Marketplace Developer Cloud Sherpas to Demo “Ultimate Companion App” at Google I/O

SherpaTools for Google Apps

SherpaTools for Google Apps is the industry's #1 companion app for Google Apps

“The new granular access control and constituencies feature in SherpaTools allows me to delegate administration to my team with a greater degree of control,” said Kevin Verde, CIO of Jason's deli, which recently migrated nearly 2,000 users to Google Apps.

Cloud Sherpas, the world’s leading Google Apps reseller, has announced that its IT admin app—SherpaTools for Google Apps—has been installed by over 16,000 domains representing three million Google Apps users worldwide, making it one of the most installed applications in the Google Apps Marketplace. On the eve of Google I/O 2011, Cloud Sherpas also announced significant enhancements to SherpaTools, including new admin delegation, end-user provisioning, and privacy features. Cloud Sherpas will demonstrate “the ultimate companion app to Google Apps” this week at I/O in the developer Sandbox.

“We are very excited to demo SherpaTools at Google I/O,” said Mark Wood, vice president of Product Management for Cloud Sherpas. “This is the biggest event of the year for the Google ecosystem, and we're anxious to share the latest version of our award-winning IT admin and end-user productivity application with clients, partners and prospects.”

Google Apps brings simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools to organizations, but sophisticated IT departments need more management functionality. One of the original 50 apps in the Google Apps Marketplace, SherpaTools addresses this need by providing Google Apps administrators with more flexibility in the way they manage end-user profiles and settings, shared contacts and groups. Available in free and premium versions, SherpaTools is used today by organizations across major industries in 114 countries. It is the top IT admin tool in the Google Apps Marketplace, and it's consistently among the most downloaded of all Google Apps add-on products.

New Features in SherpaTools
Cloud Sherpas has added dozens of features to SherpaTools to enhance IT admin and end-user productivity. Cloud Sherpas has also taken major steps to ensure that data within SherpaTools is secure, and that the application is packaged for easy consumption. Following are the latest and most significant enhancements to SherpaTools:

  • Constituencies – Cloud Sherpas has added the concept of constituencies to SherpaTools. Help desk workers with partial admin responsibilities can now be restricted to helping users within their constituent bases only. For example, an admin who is responsible for supporting an organization's Engineering department may not have access to users in the Finance department. This is a critical security measure for larger organizations, and consistently one of the most requested enhancements to Google Apps admin capabilities. SherpaTools is the only admin tool in the Google Apps Marketplace to offer this functionality.
  • Instant Seat Purchase – Organizations that buy their Google Apps licenses from Cloud Sherpas directly now have the ability to instantly purchase additional end-user licences via SherpaTools, boosting end-user productivity and streamlining what is an offline process for other resellers. Once again, Cloud Sherpas is the only Google Apps partner with this capability.
  • Product packaging – The free edition of SherpaTools has been re-named SherpaTools for Google Apps: Base Camp, and the premium version, or module, is now called Collaboration Pack. Over time, Base Camp users will have the ability to procure complementary admin and end-user modules from Cloud Sherpas, just as admins today download apps from the Google Apps Marketplace.
  • Support for Standard Edition – SherpaTools now supports the free version of Google Apps, previously known as Google Apps Standard Edition. This will significantly increase the number of organizations that have access to SherpaTools.

“The new granular access control and constituencies feature in SherpaTools allows me to delegate Google Apps administration to my team with a greater degree of control,” said Kevin Verde, CIO of Jason's Deli, which recently migrated nearly 2,000 users to Google Apps. “In addition, Instant Seat Purchase saves us money since we no longer have to pre-purchase a block of licenses.”

“What we're seeing is a complete transformation in the way organizations regard business applications,” said Jon Hallet, CEO for Cloud Sherpas. “Long gone are the days of on-premises software – cloud is the new model and Google Apps is the future. We're very happy to facilitate the transition to Google that millions of businesses have made already. With innovative products like SherpaTools and implementation services designed around industry best practices, we can help businesses throughout the world to maximize the value of their Google Apps licenses. ”

About Cloud Sherpas
Cloud Sherpas ( cloudsherpas.com ) is the world’s leading provider of Managed Google Apps solutions. As a Google Apps Authorized Reseller and leading Google Enterprise partner, Cloud Sherpas has migrated hundreds of thousands of users across all major industries from legacy, on-premises messaging systems to Google Apps and Google App Engine, helping organizations adopt cloud computing to innovate and dramatically reduce their IT expenses. SherpaTools for Google Apps ( sherpatools.com ) from Cloud Sherpas enhances the functionality and ease-of-use of Google Apps for both administrators and end-users.

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