Google Apps Module
At Contensis it is always our intention to embrace market-leading solutions. Google Apps is one of those solutions. Google Apps is a customisable package of business applications including mail, calendar, team site creation, document collaboration, and video sharing. Watch the Quick Tour video .
1 million businesses with 3,000 signing up every day
Google Apps is being adopted at a phenomenal rate, and sooner or later if you haven't used it already you will soon. Currently the service supports in excess of 1 million businesses with 3,000 signing up every day. At the time of writing the official user-base is in excess of 10 million end users.
If you are using Google Apps, then you will be glad to know that we enable integration into your web presence, whether it's a portal, intranet or extranet.
A standard feature of Contensis is Google Apps integration; it basically gives you the opportunity to allow your users to interact with Google.
Either they just type in their existing user name and password into the Contensis User Profile screen, or alternatively, if you have set-up and configured a Google domain, they can be automatically integrated, as soon as they next log-on to your site.
All you need to do is simply configure a Google host, Google admin username and password and they will be automatically provided with Google Mail, Google Docs and an RSS reader that uses the backend Google Feed Reader - if you have a Google domain, of course.
This screenshot shows the Gmail component in use on a personalised dashboard.
Google Mail Integration - Gmail
We provide a portlet that can be added to any page and shows you at a glance your latest incoming emails, this is often useful on an intranet or portal homepage, so users can immediately see if any mail is waiting for them.
Please note if you are not a Google user we have a tool for Microsoft Exchange Server too.
The component, as well as showing you the latest mail, gives you a link by clicking on the header to navigate directly to the Gmail homepage, signed in.
This screenshot shows the Google Docs portlet in use on a dashboard.
Google Docs Integration
The Google Docs integration again provides an instant look at the docs that you have recently been working on, or a simple click through to all docs.
The portlet can be deployed on a personal dashboard, normally in an intranet/extranet-type solution.
Social Networking and other such membership sites are also contenders for this type of integration.
This screenshot shows the Google reader component after adding the BBC News feed.
Google RSS Reader
The RSS reader leverages the Google Reader functionality, and gives you a mashed up list of your favourite RSS feeds. Adding a new feed to your personal homepage is just two clicks away.
As you can see from the screenshot, we have just added a BBC News feed.
The single sign-on integration means that when users register with your system, whether they be external or internal, you have the option to automatically generate them an account in your Google domain.
This functionality allows them to specify their own Google username at the Google domain. Now the users are integrated, at any point of their personal homepage they can click the icon to access Google Apps, and will not need to re-enter any credential information.