BetterCloud Gets $2.2M to Make Google Apps Safer, Easier to Manage

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Announces public beta for Google Apps management tool, FlashPanel

The funding speaks volumes about the maturity of the Google Apps ecosystem. Organizations all over the world are rapidly adopting the platform, and users are clamoring for tools that make it even better.

BetterCloud has raised over two million dollars in seed funding from angel investors and chief executive David Politis, who launched the application development company late last year. The money will be used by BetterCloud to accelerate development of its security and management tools for Google Apps users and to broaden strategic partnerships.

In conjunction with the funding announcement, BetterCloud has opened an exclusive beta for its Google Apps management tool, FlashPanel. The app is available now to the first 500 people who sign up at; it will be available to everyone via the Google Apps Marketplace this summer. FlashPanel beta users will receive early access to the product, including all premium features, as well as in-depth product support, future product discounts and other rewards.

FlashPanel is the second Google Apps extension from BetterCloud. In February the company launched DomainWatch, a Google Apps security tool for domain admins. The app is used today by dozens of organizations across vertical markets. BetterCloud apps provide vital security and management capabilities to Google Apps admins, ensuring greater visibility and control over how users leverage the platform on a daily basis.

“The funding speaks volumes about the maturity of the Google Apps ecosystem,” said Politis. “Organizations all over the world are rapidly adopting the platform, and users are clamoring for tools that make it even better. Multiple large clients have already asked us for new security and management capabilities, and the funding allows us to put an even heavier emphasis on product development.”

FlashPanel for Google Apps Management

FlashPanel delivers enhanced management functionalities to Google Apps domain administrators and provides unique tools for end users. Features will include:

Comprehensive domain management from one dashboard: FlashPanel’s intuitive dashboard gives domain administrators easy access to domain vitals including users, groups and organizational units, as well as Google Docs quota usage and an easy-to-read chart profiling active, suspended and unused seats.

Granular management and shared contacts: Domain administrators can use FlashPanel for day-to-day domain management and upkeep for tasks like adding users to new groups or OUs, group creation and more, and shared contact sync with mobile devices ensures that your users have access to important contacts no matter where they are.

Valuable end-user tools: Email signature standardization creates a unified brand image for your organization and ‘Apps Butler,’ which users enable via Google Chat, retrieves company directory contact information on-demand and can be used to broadcast company-wide announcements.

Reporting, surveillance and user onboarding: Scheduled and on-demand scans provide up to the minute domain stats and email inbox monitoring and delegation give admins unmatched insight into the email activities of users. Plus user onboarding allows admins to provision and deprovision employees from directly within FlashPanel.

About BetterCloud
BetterCloud provides enterprise class security and management products built specifically for the Google Apps platform. Our software-as-a-service solutions provide vital tools for IT administrators and end-users alike and make working in Google Apps a more seamless and secure experience.

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