Google Alerts Interface Updated

New & Flat: Google Alerts

It is easier on the eyes to be sure.  Hints of Material Design’s vaunted flatness.

Now let’s hope the do something to address the way the results delivered nowadays seem less impressive than those from 2 years ago.  Hard to quantify in retrospect – but it’s a notable, and often-discussed, trend & shortcoming.

 

Simple. Elegant. Clean. The New Google Alerts Interface
Simple. Elegant. Clean.
The New Google Alerts Interface

 

Nicer Controls Too
Nicer Controls Too

#CirrusPath Raises the Bar & Brings Google Closer to Salesforce


I’ve been playing with Yesware for a bit, where I’m a member of a Yesware team provisioned by a client.  I like the Yesware interface, and its easy integration with Salesforce.  And of course, the control freak in one gets addicted to the intel on when your missives are read (and re-read because they’re just that good).  But just as I was getting ready to subscribe, I diligently took one more look through the app exchange, where I found that Cirrus Insight basically matches Yesware feature for feature (with the added bonus of having experience and opinions on both offerings).

 

What really stood out, however, was Cirrus GoogleDrive<–>Salesforce integration:  unimaginatively named Cirrus Files.

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It’s a great offering; don’t be put off by the me-too trendy visuals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As they pointed out somewhere in their mess of a site (the worst part of the entire experience is their website’s rather incoherent information architecture, with menus changing unexpectedly and rather jarring shifts in graphic design style: see contrasts below) Salesforce storage is costly; Google Drive is dirt cheap, and is easier to configure for collaboration with parties external to your organization.  So, intrigued, I downloaded yet another package and set it up. (Kudos, kids: your video instructions are really in a pedagogical sweet-spot)

It only took a few minutes to deliver this result:

Your Google Drive files - even if not on your official corporate domain -- are pulled into the key SF page layouts (Account, Contact, Opportunity, Case, Lead) )
Your Google Drive files – even if not on your official corporate domain — are pulled into the key SF page layouts (Account, Contact, Opportunity, Case, Lead) )

NYT Bits Blog’s Article on Cloud Computing Avoids Hyperbole & Hits the Sweet Spot between Detailed/Informative & Approachable

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Truly, a must read: here.

Especially intriguing is its approach to detailing how the firms at the forefront consolidate their lead in technology and know-how as much from the economics of power management as from software engineering.

Brava, Grey Lady, Brava.

Google Apps versus Office 365: Can you pre-date a WordPress Post?

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The Metro Aesthetic is indeed something sweet
The Metro Aesthetic is indeed something sweet

forgive the verbatim repetition

[Here at Succellerator, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of the “Metro”/Office 2013 aesthetic on Microsoft’s flagship SaaS offering, Office 365.  It’s not only visually elegant and appealing, which we knew from back in July 2012 when the beta dropped, but it’s also powerful and, with the exception of some of the metadata-driven backend components of the SharePoint 2013 publishing model, it’s very intuitive.]

To be sure, Google’s Google Apps for Enterprise and Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise edition are approaching the space and the tasks with different philosophies and historical strengths.  I’ve been a Google Apps fanboy for a couple of years now, back when it was easy to favor one over the other.  Honestly, I have to say, though the brands’ personalities are different, both are supremely competent and alluring, fun places to let your imagination wander.

 

To be sure, Google’s Google Apps for Enterprise and Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise edition are approaching the space and the tasks with different philosophies and historical strengths.  I’ve been a Google Apps fanboy for a couple of years now, back when it was easy to favor one over the other.  Honestly, I have to say, though the brands’ personalities are different, both are supremely competent and alluring, fun places to let your imagination wander.