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What a $25 Million Investment Means for Our Vision to Power Cloud IT
Via CEO +David Politis - So far, 2015 is shaping up to be an eventful year for BetterCloud. In less than 3 months, we’ve announced a new product for Office 365, rebranded the company, and introduced real-time DLP functionality for Google Drive.

And this morning, we’re sharing more exciting news: BetterCloud just closed a $25 million round of financing, led by Accel Partners and with participation from all of our existing investors. Read more about the announcement in TechCrunch via the link below.

Going through the fundraising process forces you to take a step back and reflect on your how your business has performed and how you got to where you are. At the same time, it serves as a catalyst to look forward, set goals, and think about how how you’d like to evolve.

We’ve been through this process before, but this time was different–with more experience under our belts, a number of things about the business and the exciting market we’re in have become very clear.

The rise of / migration to / adoption of cloud office platforms is the most important trend in IT for over 20 years.

The shift to cloud office platforms represents a critical pivot for IT since this technology is used by every user in an organization. The cloud office market barely existed 6-7 years ago, and today, every IT department in the world is planning their move to either Google for Work or Microsoft Office 365. According to Gartner, “The number of business users provisioned, in whole or in part, with office systems capabilities from the cloud will grow at around 28% a year to 695 million users by 2022, constituting around 60% of the total office systems users by then.” We believe cloud office platforms will be the hub for cloud IT and the rest of an organization’s cloud services will hook in like spokes off of the core infrastructure. Everyone in the world goes to work in the morning and lives in their messaging and collaboration applications, making the cloud office the nerve center for every organization.

BetterCloud was very early to the cloud office market and is now unique and central to this fast growing market

Because of our learnings and data we’ve gathered from working with our 50,000+ customers and 200+ partners, we have become the foremost experts on the two major cloud office platforms: Google for Work and Office 365. We’re in a position where we are working with some of the most forward-thinking IT professionals who are driving change inside of their organizations, partners that are shepherding these organizations through these changes, and a team that is born in the cloud and is passionate about building problem-solving solutions. Over the years, our customers have provided us with incredible insights and use cases, giving us the benchmarking data to recommend best practices–which we’re working hard to productize and scale.

The long-term vision for the company continues to be validated and supported at every step of the journey.

We have a big vision for the future and are really just getting started–I always tell the team that this is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. We’re still in the early stages of this major shift to the cloud, and despite tremendous adoption metrics, the use of cloud office platforms is just starting to move from the early adopter stage to the early majority. We plan to use our current position as a launching point for even more innovation in the cloud insights, management, and security space. We have taken a number of big risks recently and the market continues to validate that the direction we’re moving in is the right one. So, we will continue to evolve and aggressively go after our big vision.

With this investment, we know that the expectations of our company and team are higher than they’ve ever been, and we welcome that. We will continue to work to solve the problems of and innovate for the thousands of IT professionals that rely on us to get their jobs done every day.

We’ll have more exciting product news a little later this year, so stay tuned. We’re also always looking for great people to join our team, so even if you don’t see a good fit on our careers page, feel free to get in touch (email careers@bettercloud.com and let us know what you’re looking for).

This is going to be a fun journey, thank you for all the support.
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Why ABC Companies replaced CloudLock with BetterCloud
After moving to the cloud, Matt Horn, Senior Network Administrator at ABC Companies, realized he was missing some of the functionality and data control that was baked into their legacy system, and turned to the Google Apps Marketplace to shop around for complementary cloud applications.

Looking for a way to control document sharing, Horn first came across CloudLock. But soon after purchasing CloudLock, Horn discovered BetterCloud Enterprise and found a 1:1 match on all of the security features they required–granular Drive auditing, access and sharing controls, automated compliance policies–plus a suite of management tools they didn’t know they needed. The IT team uses BetterCloud Enterprise’s Drive sharing policies to prohibit external sharing for certain users and Org. Units, and users appreciate being able to submit exception requests in the case a certain document necessitates external sharing.
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Expanding to Offer Security and Compliance Tools for Office365
Earlier this month, we announced the public beta release of BetterCloud for Office 365, our newest product offering and the first solution of its kind for the Microsoft cloud platform. Our team worked quickly to launch a product that was not just viable, but valuable, too, and the incredible adoption we’ve seen over the past few weeks has been great validation.

Just this morning, at RSA Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft made an important announcement of its own–the release of the Office 365 Management Activity API. We have already been collaborating with Microsoft during the API’s pre-release and are developing new functionality that we’re excited to showcase at Microsoft Ignite in two weeks, where we’ll present alongside the Microsoft team as part of a select group of partner ISVs.
With Microsoft's New API, BetterCloud for Office 365 Expands to Offer Security and Compliance Functionality
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How We Built the Best Google Drive Compliance Engine
Google Drive is an incredible toolset. It provides your organization and users with the means to collaborate in real-time, on any document, from any location, on any device. What this means for your organization’s productivity is immeasurable, but one of the major concerns we hear is that, while it’s so easy for users to share and store information, there isn’t a secure, scalable way for administrators to monitor, classify, and protect data inside their domain.

With the addition of our new Google Drive Compliance Engine with regular expression searching, we’ve taken our solution to the next level by providing IT administrators and security teams the tools to search for specific types of content, including credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and personally identifiable information (PII) within Google Drive.

Searching full document content using regex is an enormous undertaking, as you need to be able to quickly search millions of documents for potentially millions of character combinations. We took this one step further to perform these searches in real-time, constantly searching file content as users work and documents are updated.

How we built this solution is actually an interesting story, as it presented our development team with some exciting challenges that we addressed with creative and scalable solutions.
BetterCloud's Google Drive Compliance Engine allows admins to search for specific types of content like SSNs and PII
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Managing Google Apps can be hard, but it doesn't have to be! Check out our best practices
This guide serves as an excellent project plan for managing Google Apps - both with the Admin Console and BetterCloud - and will help you to configure your domains for long-term success.
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How to build the ultimate IT dream team
If you're looking to build a team -- or be a great teammate -- these are the people you need to find.
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Help Shape The Future Of Cloud IT
This is the 5th survey we've conducted, and every year we're amazed at the insight and experiences of our customers. This year, the results will help identify adoption trends and benchmarking metrics for organizations using cloud office platforms. If you have 10 minutes, please take some time to give us your input about your experiences. We really appreciate it!
The following information will allow us to follow up with you afterwards and send you the survey results.
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Join The Gooru at gCON 360 in 1 hr!
The Gooru has partnered with some of the top companies in the Google Apps ecosystem to provide a completely free online training opportunity & the chance to win awesome prizes!
gCON 360 is the biggest event The Gooru has done yet, with 15 interactive training sessions, amazing giveaways, and much more. Register for your chance to win one of 6 NEW Chromebook Pixels!
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Excited to announce the public beta release of BetterCloud for Office 365, a huge step forward towards our vision of powering cloud IT. If you use or are testing Office 365, make sure to test out BetterCloud for Office 365 today (it's free and will be likely through the end of the year) - http://buff.ly/1FhpCz2
BetterCloud announces public beta release of insights, management, and security solution for Microsoft Office 365.
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The BetterCloud support team manages to maintain a 98% satisfaction rating, all while supporting thousands of customers all over the world.
Want to take your customer support to the next level? This guide will show you how.
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Google for Work vs. Microsoft Office 365
A comparison of cloud tools with input from BetterCloud's own IT director, Tim Burke
While Google for Work and Microsoft Office 365 offer many similar services, choosing between the two can be a significant challenge for CIOs. This comparison eases that burden.
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4 ways enterprise app marketplaces need to improve
Think about your phone for a second. How many apps do you use on a daily basis? How many of those sync with each other, or with apps on your phone or your laptop? It doesn’t matter if you have an Android or iPhone — if you wanted to switch to the other team, how long would it take you to recreate all of that functionality?

Now how do you feel about switching?

That’s why Apple and Google have invested so much in their consumer marketplaces. These ecosystems benefit everyone involved: The consumer gets access to life-improving tools, the app developer gains exposure and profit, and the company that runs the marketplace builds engagement from both developers and consumers.

Now translate that thinking to an enterprise IT platform, where the stakes are so much higher. If you cringed at having to reconfigure your desktop calendar to sync with a different kind of phone, imagine how you’ll feel about swapping out a CRM solution or helpdesk platform that’s connected to four or five other tools your employees depend on.

While the enterprise app marketplaces are certainly not new, they have much to learn from their consumer-minded peers.
GuestEnterprise app marketplaces have much to learn from their consumer-minded peers.
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BetterCloud provides critical insights, automated management, and intelligent data security for cloud office platforms. By leveraging open APIs, BetterCloud securely connects with your data at its source, providing maximum control without requiring any cumbersome setup. Offering solutions for both Google Apps and Office 365, BetterCloud is trusted by IT teams in over 50,000 organizations worldwide.