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At Virtual Harbour we believe that strategic planning is the process of translating the enterprise’s vision and mission into how resources, in particular IT’s capabilities, are leveraged to generate maximum value for the organisation. IT strategy helps guide the business strategy based on IT capabilities and opportunities, and determines IT’s contribution to delivering on the business strategy. We assess thoroughly the business context—how the business will succeed, what business capabilities are needed and IT’s contribution to that success. Through our consultative and inclusive approach we are then able to detail and determine the services that will be provided. We assist in assessing the enterprise architecture required to support the business requirements, the IT human capital needed by the organisation as well as the strategic approach to sourcing. Virtual Harbour is able to offer strategic planning services on a project basis for a specific initiative or holistically.

At Virtual Harbour we follow the Gartner recommendation for IT leaders, following six major phases in our planning methodology:

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Introducing Google Enterprise from Virtual Harbour

Google Enterprise solutions from Virtual Harbour offer true web innovation and deliver tangible benefits to the enterprise that directly and positively impact the bottom line.

Virtual Harbour’s Google Enterprise solutions offering spans four product suites:
  • Google Search
  • Google Apps
  • Security and Compliance
  • Google Geospatial

Google Search

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The Google Search Appliance delivers fast, relevant and secure access to information within your organisation by leveraging and optimising Google's core search technology. Using a standardised and familiar format to present results, Google Search Appliance makes all the information that employees need to be productive accessible through a single, easy-to-use, search box. Users are able to search all content sources in their organisation, including on the corporate network, the desktop and the World Wide Web. Users are able to search over 220 document types across a wide variety of sources including file shares, intranets, databases, applications, hosted services, and content management systems. In addition, the search offers an indexing tool that delivers one view of data across the various public enterprise information stores, bypassing the need for traditional business intelligence tools.

According to the Delphi Group, knowledge workers can spend up to 25% of their time simply searching for information. With universal search, employees can now spend less time searching and more time focussing on mission-critical tasks, thus increasing their productivity tremendously. Today, Virtual Harbour can offer the full Search product set available from Google. In addition, Virtual Harbour has partnership team of trained engineers able to assist customers with consulting tailored around their individual search requirements, installation and custom development and maintenance of the appliances.

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How companies benefit from universal search

  • Consolidated search across all aspects of the organisation via a single interface
  • Speed with which search results are rendered
  • Integrated results from a variety of sources that are current, relevant and clear allowing you to make informed decisions faster
  • Ease of use that encourages the creation of documentation rather than cumbersome procedures that inhibit them
  • Security with easily manageable access rights management integrated into existing AD or single sign-on (SSO) systems
  • Limited training overheads as most users are already familiar with the Google search interface they use on the web
  • Reduction in the duplication of work: when employees are able to find and use the intellectual capital that’s already been developed within an organisation you save the time and resources typically spent duplicating the work
  • Increased productivity as employees spend less time simply searching for information
  • Consolidate IT solutions and reduce costs: since the Google Search Appliance links all IT systems in an organisation, it is the only search solution an organisation needs. Installing the appliance often eliminates the need for multiple departmental and localised search solutions.
For more information on the Google Search Appliance, click the links below:

PDF Search Appliance Datasheet (525kb Pdf download)
PDF Search Appliance Product Models (633kb Pdf download)
PDF Enhance Sharepoint with Google Enterprise Search (525kb Pdf download)

Google Apps

With a necessary paradigm shift, we believe that organisations can extract benefits when a large part of their workforce consists of knowledge workers. Rather than investing in non-core activities such as installing and maintaining expensive IT infrastructures, the advantage comes from hooking into a shared service grid such as that provided by Google.

Google Apps is a collection of several Google applications and utilities, all of which are offered as a web-based service. The suite of applications includes email, calendaring, instant messaging, word processing, spreadsheets and presentation tools.
The most compelling evidence in favor of using a shared system such as Google Apps for the majority of the user’s requirements on a typical network is the total cost of ownership (TCO). Taking into account activities such as disaster recovery, filtering, security and administration, Google Apps reduces the typical TCO dramatically.

The Google Apps Suite consists of the following:

Gmail for the enterprise

  • Email, IM, voice and video chat
  • Each user gets 25 GB of email and IM storage (50 times the industry average).
  • Anytime, anywhere access to your email
  • Gmail is securely powered by the web so you can be productive from your desk, on the road, at home and on your mobile phone, even when you're offline.
  • Sync with Outlook & BlackBerry
  • Get the benefits of Apps on familiar platforms
  • Search and find emails instantly
  • Spend less time organizing email and find emails quickly with Google-powered search for your inbox.
  • Get less spam
  • Powerful Gmail spam filtering helps you stay focused on what's important. Postini filtering lets you customize your spam protection.

Google Calendar

  • Easily schedule appointments
  • Overlay multiple calendars to see when people are available. Google Calendar sends invitations and manages RSVPs.
  • Integrate with your email system: Google Calendar is integrated into Gmail and interoperable with popular calendar applications.
  • Share project calendars: Calendars can be shared company-wide or with select co-workers. A range of sharing permission controls help maintain security and privacy.
  • Access with your mobile device: View and edit event details, add new events, and invite guests on mobile devices like the BlackBerry and iPhone. Even receive calendar notifications via SMS.
  • Publish calendars: Publicize external company events by publishing a calendar to make it searchable in the Google Calendar gallery. Easily embed calendars into web pages.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets, Drawings and Presentations

  • Anytime, anywhere access to your work
  • Google Docs is securely powered by the web, giving you the flexibility to be productive from your desk, on the road, at home and on your mobile phone, even when you're offline.
  • Works across operating systems: Google Docs works in the browser on PC, Mac, and Linux computers, and supports popular formats such as .doc, .xls, .ppt, and .pdf.
  • Easily upload and share files: Files stored on Google Docs are always accessible and backed-up online.
  • Secure access controls: Administrators can manage file sharing permissions system-wide, and document owners can share and revoke file access at any time.

Google Cloud Connect

Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office brings collaborative multi-person editing to the familiar Microsoft® Office experience. You can share, backup and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint®, and Excel® documents with coworkers Teach your old docs new tricks
  • Simultaneous editing for Word, PowerPoint and Excel files, no document or paragraph locking
  • Google Docs sharing URLs for each Microsoft Office file
  • Revision history for Microsoft Office files, stored in Google Docs
  • Offline editing with smart synchronization of offline changes
  • No Microsoft Office upgrade or SharePoint® deployment required

Google Sites

Google Sites is an easy way to create secure web pages for intranets and team projects. No coding or HTML required. Organize information in a central place
  • Use Google Sites to centralize documents, spreadsheets, presentations, videos, slideshows and more to help keep teams organized. Build collaborative sites faster with templates for project workspaces, team sites, intranets and more.
  • Anytime, anywhere access: Google Sites is securely powered by the web so you can access company pages from your desk, on the road, at home and on your mobile phone.
  • Works across operating systems Google Sites works in the browser on PC, Mac and Linux computers.
  • System and site-level security controls: Administrators can manage site sharing permissions across the business, and authors can share and revoke file access at any time.

Security and Compliance Services

By combining high performance technology, world-class operations and comprehensive support shared across all hosted services, Google delivers a scalable, reliable security and compliance platform that organisations can easily leverage. Google provide message security services that protect your organisation from spam, viruses and other messaging-based threats. The compliance services provide the tools you need to comply with your regulatory and acceptable usage requirements. Together, these services help your organisation to be more secure, compliant, and productive using your existing messaging systems. As a service, there is nothing to install or maintain, so you can start small and implement additional services as your requirements grow

Security services

Google email security services provide highly effective inbound and outbound email security. Complete with multiple layers of messaging-based threat and spam protection, Google provides scalable and cost-efficient messaging security for any sized organization. The service is always on and always current, so you are assured of having effective and reliable email protection at all times. For more information on Postini, click the links below:

PDF The Ins and Outs of Email Vulnerability (570kb Pdf download)
PDF The growing importance of e-discovery on your business (467kb Pdf download)
PDF The Impact of Messaging and Web Threats (311kb Pdf download)

Compliance services

Google compliance services help organisations automatically enforce messaging policies. These services rapidly address some of the most complex compliance challenges with simple, easy to use hosted services from Google. Whether you need to block specific content from entering or leaving your organisation, encrypt sensitive messages to partners and customers, or automatically archive messages for retention and discovery, Google has you covered.

Virtual Harbour offers the full suite of products available in this space along with consulting services around analysis of organisational requirements, solution development and deployment.

Gain the confidence of knowing that your email network is secure and compliant round the clock – in the cloud, without installing costly hardware or infrastructure.

Virtual Harbour Google Message Security
Protect your email from spam and viruses and set email policies to stay compliant
Virtual Harbour Google Message Discovery
Easily store, search, and locate messages without costly on-site or physical storage media
Virtual Harbour Google Message Continuity
Ensure rapid email failover during on-premise server outages with full email replication
Virtual Harbour Google Web Security
Block links that carry spyware and viruses in real-time. Define and enforce web use policies
Virtual Harbour Google Message Encryption
Automatically encrypt email messages to manage regulatory compliance

For more information on Google Apps and Cloud computing, click the links below:

PDF Forrester - Should Your Email Live In The Cloud A Comparative Cost Analysis (788kb Pdf download)
PDF Apps Security white paper (71kb Pdf download)
PDF Forrester - Cloud Email Cost Analysis (788kb Pdf download)

Google Geospatial

Through Google Earth and Maps, Google Geospatial offers a 3D visualisation of the earth that integrates, organises and publishes an enterprise's location data. Google Geospatial places the power of Google Earth inside an organisation, allowing the combination of enterprise data with Google Earth data.

Furthermore, this solution provides an understanding of physical and visual enterprise information, assets and problem areas which were traditionally seen as flat information files. By combining this information, organisations can realise large savings in time, money and resources. There is unlimited potential for the use of this solution in many varied fields including government, utility companies, engineering, architecture, telecommunications and media.

Traditionally, organisations have made massive investments into Geospatial data acquisition and storage with only a few highly trained individuals able to access and use the data. With Google Earth Pro, the power of Google's detailed global database of satellite imagery and mapping information is at your fingertips allowing organisations to make better, faster location related business decisions with great ease of use.

Google Earth Enterprise integrates and operates with existing geospatial environments and completes the lifecycle of operations by distributing this data to end users in a fast, efficient and easy-to-use system. With the power of Google Earth Enterprise, a 3D visualisation of the earth that integrates, organises and publishes your enterprise's location data is now possible. You can host data locally and then overlay it on top of Google's. Employees are able to use a specialised Google Earth client or a browser-based view to access local datasets and explore them in 3D or create enterprise mashups.
Google Maps provides the power and functionality of Google's web-based mapping technologies in internal websites and critical applications that require support. With Google Maps for Enterprise, organisations of all types can integrate data and seamlessly create a high performance web-based mapping experience

Benefits to Organisations:

Massively scalable architecture able to publish terabytes (TB) of geo-data to many users from a server cluster
3D field of view provides a complete picture of the area of interest
Browser-based 2D Maps view provides users with a Google Maps-like view of the imagery inside your network
Fluid and responsive interaction streaming technology enables easy exploration of massive datasets via the
Google Earth client or browsable 2D maps
Search functions allow users to search geographic data attributes and databases
Compatibility with legacy GIS systems
Collaboration and sharing are enabled through built-in tools

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Virtual Harbour through its partnership with leading Microsoft SaaS provider Virtual Box offers customers a pay-as-you-use service which offers best-of-breed Microsoft software and the customer’s obligation is on a monthly per user consumption basis.

Key Technologies Available
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • CRM
  • Microsoft Links
Key Business Benefits
  • NO UPFRONT HARDWARE COSTS (no server infrastructure required)
  • NO UPFRONT SOFTWARE LICENSING COSTS (all software licenses included in subscription

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