Editor's note: We're excited to announce that Brady Corporation, a $1.2 billion international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products, and people, has gone Google with 7,800 employees across 90-plus locations.

Today we welcome a trio of guest bloggers from Brady's IT team – Steve Hasbrook, Luke Leonhard, and Matt Vandenbush – to share some of their experiences from managing Brady's "Big Bang" migration to Google Apps. All three are cloud veterans with years of experience in supporting users in the manufacturing industry, and they'll be discussing Brady's deployment in more detail and answering your questions on a live webcast later this week.

Brady Corporation's IT team will speak at a live webcast on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, 11:00 a.m. PDT, or 6:00 p.m. GMT. Register today.

We went live on Google Apps a few months ago, and since then, we've seen a series of new features in Google Apps. That kind of innovation would have taken years on our previous platform. Google Apps is nimble and agile, and it fits with our need to support a dispersed, global manufacturing operation.

When we told our power users we were going to Google Apps, the reaction from most of them was "That's great!" The majority are using web-based applications at home already – and they expect the same in the office environment. The transition to cloud-based applications is a bit tougher for people weaned on client software, but people who've grown up in the web era expect the latest, greatest, most agile tools.

Think about it: nobody calls Amazon if the home page changes. Shopping carts are different from site to site, but people intuitively know how to use them. It's the whole trend of consumer technologies influencing corporate technologies, and for Brady Corp., it's a great thing for many reasons:
  • Cloud computing makes it easy to support 90+ locations through a central IT organization
  • We can integrate acquisitions with ease
  • We get collaboration functions like chat and document sharing
  • Our costs are lower, yet we have more advanced tools
We went with a “Big Bang” rollout for our 6,000+ users, and it’s been a great success. We chose Google Apps for cost savings over other solutions, but more importantly because we believe it's the strongest platform to take advantage of future advancements on the Internet.

We would be happy to tell you why we chose Google Apps over other cloud solutions, and why the cloud makes so much sense for a local IT staff supporting regional operations. We also can share tips for a successful Big Bang rollout. Please join us for our upcoming webinar:

Choosing Google Apps as the Best-in-Class Cloud Solution
Thursday, June 10, 2010
2:00 p.m. EDT / 11:00 a.m. PDT / 6:00 p.m. GMT

Posted by Serena Satyasai, the Google Apps team

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