The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2010-05-13T23:55:00Z Devnet says no to Office 2010 2010-05-13T23:55:00Z devnet-says-not-to-office-2010 Australia's leading Google Apps integrator Devnet is delighted that Microsoft has chosen not to offer Office users an upgrade price for the latest version of their software, claiming that it will encourage users to seek out alternative ways to bring their current Office suite up to date with today's online functionality.Devnet is the exclusive Australian & New Zealand distributor of Offisync - a product that brings online and collaboration capabilities to older versions of Microsoft Office by integrating applications like Word and Excel with Google Docs and Google Apps. Craig Deveson, Chief Executive Officer of Devnet said that the decision to force all Office users to pay full-price to upgrade to Office 2010 would force users to look at alternative solutions like Offisync and Devnet's "gsyncoffice" bundle."Based on all the reviews that I've read, the only compelling reasons to upgrade to Office 2010 is for web access and improved collaboration, which is what Google does better than anyone," Deveson said."So why pay up to $850 to upgrade your application suite, when the version that you're using now and have grown familiar with can be cheaply upgraded via Offisync and Google Apps giving users instant ability to collaborate in real-time or access their documents across the Internet."Users pay only AUD $69 for "gsyncoffice" bundle of Google Apps and Offisync, which is a third of the price of the cheapest version of Microsoft Office 10 - the student edition. If you multiply that cost out across the thousands of seats that many businesses will want to upgrade, you can see how an alternative solution might save massive dollars for many organisations, Deveson said."There is no one more evangelical about cloud computing than Devnet, but as an integrator working at the coal-face we know customers are torn between not being ready, or prepared, to move away from their legacy architecture but wanting the benefits of cloud-based applications like real-time collaborative editing," Deveson said."We know this is a major concern of customers and that's why we went out and found a solution in Offisync and created a bundle we call "gsyncoffice", brought it to the Australian market and when combined with our local expertise and support services we can now cost-effectively give any customer that is not quite ready to go all cloud, the best of both worlds.""I believe Microsoft knows it as well, which is why I suspect that they think they can charge full-price for this upgrade. However, not only is Offisync a much cheaper way to achieve that goal of modernising Microsoft environments but I'd argue very strongly that it is a better way of doing it, because nobody is innovating in the cloud like Google."gsyncoffice from Devnet is the bundle of Google Apps & Offisync and is available for purchase online or ph 1300 780 955Devnet provides Google Apps Premier Edition for $58, gsyncoffice for $69 and gsyncoffice + archiving for $99www.devnetapps.com/gsyncofficeFOR MORE INFORMATION: Craig Deveson is available for media interviews and can be reached at 1300 780 955 or via email at craig@devnet.com.au.An online image of Craig Deveson can be found at: http://mcaust.influencing.com/images/_company/4416/441658/original.jpgMore information about Devnet and its Cloud Ready program can be found at www.devnet.com.au or call us on 1300 780 955.About DevnetDevnet is an award-winning Google Enterprise partner and web development firm. As the leading provider of Google-based on-demand cloud services, Devnet provides solutions to government and enterprise, corporate and SMEs. Our products and solutions include Google Enterprise Search, Google Enterprise Maps, Google Apps Premier Edition, Google Apps Partner Edition, Google Message Security powered by Postini, innovative websites, Intranets and cloud applications.Devnet is a company dedicated to the effective use of the Internet to achieve our customers' business goals. We recognise the primary need of our staff to have strong, business acumen yet remain at the forefront of the industry in technical capabilities.Devnet's customers include some of Australia's best-known brands and our partners include Google, Web Central and Netregistry. Devnet is a member of the Australian Management Institute, the Australian Marketing Institute, and the Queensland Leaders Group.www.devnet.com.au | www.devnetapps.com | google.devnet.com.au | 1300 780 955. Devnet launches new store for Google Apps Solutions 2010-03-03T00:42:00Z devnet-launches-first-aussie-google-app-store Australia's leading Google partner Devnet is once again pioneering the deployment of Google Apps in Australia with the launch of the Devnet Google Apps Store (www.devnetapps.com), a first of its kind in Australia.Devnet is also announcing an exclusive Australian and New Zealand distribution agreement with the powerful Google Apps - Microsoft Office solution, Offisync. Offisync allows Microsoft Office users to manage documents and collaborate via Google Docs, providing businesses with a smoother migration to working in the cloud. OffiSync is the Devnet Google Apps Store's foundation third-party application. "We are very excited to announce a distribution partnership with Devnet to fulfill the demand in the region for our product. Devnet have been in the market the longest and are the leaders in Google Apps solutions and we look forward to the partnership" said Oudi Antebi Founder and CEO OffiSync Corporation."Google not only provide an unparalleled suite of its own applications but it is now fostering an amazing ecosystem of complementary applications that extend the core-functionality of the suite," said Devnet CEO Craig Deveson."With the Devnet Google Apps Store, we will provide businesses with a 'one stop shop' for building more complete Google-based application environments.The Devnet Google App Store currently allows customers to subscribe to Google Apps plus a range of value-added services like Postini mail security and archiving, domain names and Google Maps offerings. OffiSync will be added shortly before further applications are progressively added in the coming months. Deveson said that Devnet was in negotiations with a range of third-party application developers and that new cloud solutions which integrate tightly with Google Apps were appearing with increasing frequency."Google has the best API's on the Internet and we're only seeing the start of what third-party developers can do with integrating their solutions to Google Apps," said Deveson. "By the end of the year, I would expect there would be few business requirements that we won't be able to meet via the Devnet Google Apps Store." A key advantage of the Devnet Google Apps Store for Australian businesses is that they can piece together best-of-breed solutions but still maintain a single point of contact for billing and support in their currency of choice."Moving to the cloud is all about improving manageability and reducing complexity and overheads. If you're setting up accounts with a whole range of hosted solution providers, you're replacing one kind of management headache with another - as there are significant costs and complexity associated with managing a diverse range of cloud providers, many of whom have little or no support in Australia." "Even Google relies primarily on web-based support, but Devnet Google Apps Store customers know that our expert support team is only a local phone call away and if needed we can provide on-site support and integration services .""We have the most experienced team of Google-skilled engineers in Australia, outside of Google itself, and we can also develop custom solutions for any company that cannot find a third-party solution or integration solution to fit their requirements. When you're moving to a new environment like cloud computing, it's important to know you have access to the support and guidance of an expert Company like ourselves."www.devnetapps.com (Google Apps Store)http://devnet.com.au/news.aspx (online version of the release)ContactCraig DevesonManaging DirectorDevnet Pty Ltdcraig@devnet.com.auPh 0414387900 Go Google, Go Devnet 2009-10-21T01:47:00Z go-google-go-devnet Australian organisations who wish to "Go Google" but are worried about not having local support can get the best of both worlds by also going Devnet.Australia's premier Google partner, Devnet, has launched its "Go Google, Go Devnet" campaign, aimed at customers who want to benefit from the easily managed, highly collaborative Google Apps suite, but who still want personal, local support.This week, Google announced that it was launching its Gone Google campaign in Australia, with the aim of educating users to the benefits and reasons to adopt the Google Apps suite. Google boasts that more than two million businesses and 20 million users in over 100 countries and more than 40 languages have adopted Google Apps for their workplace.Devnet managing director Craig Deveson said that while the ease-of-management and highly collaborative nature of the cloud-based Google Apps appealed to many businesses, not all were comfortable running their business on software without a strong level of local, customer support. With its mature local support infrastructure and its world-first Cloud Ready program, Devnet has implemented Google Apps, at an increasing number of Australian businesses with more than 500 users."We think it makes sense for most businesses to 'Go Google'," said Deveson. "However, we know that a lot of companies like to have a local company who they can turn to for support and advice.""Signing up to Google Apps, via a partner like Devnet, ensures that you have local phone support and a support partner that can guide you through any implementation or adoption issues."FOR MORE INFORMATION:Craig Deveson is available for media interviews and can be reached at 1300 780 955 or via email at craig@devnet.com.au.An online image of Craig Deveson can be found at:http://mcaust.influencing.com/images/_company/4416/441658/original.jpgMore information about Devnet and Cloud Ready can be found at www.devnet.com.au or call us on 1300 780 955.ABOUT DEVNETDevnet is an award-winning Google Enterprise partner and web development firm. As the leading provider of Google-based on-demand cloud services, Devnet provides solutions to government and enterprise, corporate and SMEs. Our products and solutions include Google Enterprise Search, Google Enterprise Maps, Goog! le Apps Premier Edition, Google Apps Partner Edition, Google Message Security powered by Postini, innovative websites, Intranets and cloud applications.Devnet is a company dedicated to the effective use of the Internet to achieve our customers' business goals. We recognise the primary need of our staff to have strong, business acumen yet remain at the forefront of the industry in technical capabilities.Devnet's customers include some of Australia's best-known brands and our partners include Google, Web Central and Netregistry. Devnet is a member of the Australian Management Institute, the Australian Marketing Institute, and the Queensland Leaders Group.www.devnet.com.au | www.devnetapps.com | google.devnet.com.au | 1300 780 955. Devnet to launch local Google Wave services 2009-05-31T14:00:00Z devnet-to-launch-local-google-wave-services Google Wave is a potential game changer in the business collaboration market, according to Australia's largest Google Enterprise Apps partner Devnet, who have announced they have already begun work to integrate it into their unique Cloud Ready program.The Devnet Cloud Ready program is a world-first initiative that steps customers through the business, cultural and technical issues related to a move to cloud-based computing. Devnet is Australia's first and largest integrator of Google business technologies. Google Wave is a new collaboration platform that was launched last week by Google."A lot of cloud-based solutions have simply taken legacy server-based computer and made it available via the browser," said Devnet managing director Craig Deveson. "Google Wave is visionary - it's an entirely new collaboration platform that unites email, instant messaging, blogs, wikis and other technologies into a single hosted conversation." "Our recommendation is that organisations running legacy solutions like Microsoft Exchange or Sharepoint, seriously consider the potential impact that Google Wave ! may have before embarking on any significant upgrades of those! technol ogies."Deveson said that the Wave protocol will allow anyone to become a Wave provider and share Waves with others, opening up enormous opportunity for innovation from all organisations."Devnet will aggressively push ahead to develop Wave-based services so that businesses, ISPs and government organisations can take advantage of this great platform and incorporate local and regional features," Deveson said. Deveson said Devnet's faith in the future of Google Wave stemmed from a number of facts including:- The attraction of uniting the many disparate electronic communication tools in a single, easy-to-use platform - The proven track record of the Sydney-based development (Lars Rasmussen) team who helped create Google Maps- The fact that the technology has been made open source, which will help it attract investment and developer support - Google's history of providing great APIs for its developer community"Google Wave is further! evidence that we are still in the very early days of understanding how cloud-based computing is going to change the way to work, communicate and live. Cloud-based computing has already proven itself as a superior computing model based on cost and manageability but the next-generation cloud-computing applications, like Google Wave, will deliver much more powerful collaboration functionality that will force us all to rethink the way we do business." FOR MORE INFORMATION:Craig Deveson is available for media interviews and can be reached at 1300 780 955 or via email craig@devnet.com.au.More information about Devnet and Cloud Ready can be found at www.devnet.com.au or call us on 1300 780 955. ABOUT DEVNETDevnet is an award-winning Google Enterprise partner and web development firm. As the leading provider of Google-based on-demand cloud services, Devnet provides solutions to government and enterprise, corporate and SMEs. Our products and solutions ! include Google Enterprise Search, Google Enterprise Maps, Goog! le Apps Premier Edition, Google Apps Partner Edition, Google Message Security powered by Postini, innovative websites, Intranets and cloud applications.Devnet is a company dedicated to the effective use of the Internet to achieve our customers' business goals. We recognise the primary need of our staff to have strong, business acumen yet remain at the forefront of the industry in technical capabilities. Devnet's customers include some of Australia's best-known brands and our partners include Google, Web Central and Netregistry. Devnet is a member of the Australian Management Institute, the Australian Marketing Institute, and the Queensland Leaders Group.www.devnet.com.au www.devnetapps.com google.devnet.com.au 1300 780 955.