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Do you use G Suite by Google Cloud for your business communication needs?

Do you use G Suite by Google Cloud for your business communication needs?

Today, I am going to write a sponsored review about  G Suite by Google Cloud.

What is G Suite about?

G Suite is basically a cloud service by Google, to provide you Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar for your business.  It is most suitable for startup companies who need to get their business communications started professionally which they may already be using those Google tools on a personal basis.  It is also suitable for big enterprises who want to leverage on a reliable cloud services for both security reasons as well as cost savings reasons.

How G Suite Products can be used in your daily life?

As mentioned above, these are the 4 key products from G Suite in details below:

Gmail: it is hosting email service with your corporate domain name so that you can surf on Gmail website directly which is optimised for both desktop and mobile browsers, as well as Gmail mobile apps available on both Android and iOS devices.

Docs: It allows you to create your documents easily on your web browser and mobile apps.  This gives you the freedom of being very mobile while you are outside doing important business meetings.  It also allows collaborations with your colleagues in real time on making the changes.

Drive: It also has online storage for you to use so that you can upload all your files and retrieve them anywhere anytime.  This makes your life very mobile as you are not dependent on any desktop or mobile devices.

Calendar: This is a really important tool to have for your business to get organised and to make you really productive.  It can also be collaborative with your colleagues so that you will know one another’s availability.

How have I been using G Suite products?

Basically, I am very reliant on the Gmail app to check my own domain names’ email addresses for many years already.  It is very effective and easy to use for me when all the messages are merged into conversion threads so that I can read them like a conversation.  I also set notifications so that I can reply them almost as instantly as my messenger programs.

Calendar is something that I have been relying on to make sure of my productivity and to keep track of the various dates in both personal and work. There are many things to remember, and I don’t wish to miss any of them while keeping track of them in Calendar.

I also use both Docs and Drive for some of my productivity work as there are certain documents that are still being used externally in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint format.  It is very effective for me to keep track of it when I use it together with another Android software known as Memento Database where I can create custom fields to maintain while keeping them saved in Google Sheets format on the cloud.

What do I dislike about this product?

Generally, I am a very satisfied customer of G Suite.  If I were to think of any, I would probably hope that they would be able to integrate the file sharing with Dropbox so that I can use them as one easily.  Because Google Drive and Dropbox are not synchronised, I have to open them separately to get certain files.

Where G Suite can be found and for how much?

You can simply click here to go there right away to see the price plan and compare for yourself.  Starting at USD$5 per user per month, you will get a professional email address of your own company domain name and it is hosted with Google (with a generous space between 30GB and unlimited space).

Google has provided me with the two special 20% discount promo codes (for your first year sign-up) on both Basic and Business Plans respectively.

G Suite Basic Plan:  Y9FNKGRQM3GXLEL

G Suite Business Plan:  Y96WQ6NCKXURYR6

Click here to check out the pricing and get started now.

Why credit card companies may be out of business soon?

Why credit card companies may be out of business soon?

Is mobile payment always meant to be credit card payment?

When you think about mobile payment, credit card payment may come to your mind almost instantly. However, most people don’t carry credit cards in China,  but they do use mobile payments in their everyday life via Alipay and WeChat Pay (which doesn’t require credit card details).

Credit card is convenient to use for paying online and offline.

If you think back about the innovation of credit cards, the original purpose seems to be targeting at people who want the convenience of paying things without bringing too much cash in their wallets.  And when people start to use internet more often, it becomes natural for people to use credit cards since it is impossible to pay in cash.

Credit card companies increase the Internet usage by investing in security.

When credit card companies saw the increasing usage on the Internet (and also increasing credit card fraud cases), they saw a need to provide more security for credit card payments online.  The most recent protection method of using mobile phones to verify with one-time-password helps to make more security sense.

Credit card is actually causing a lot of distress to people who mismanage their money.

But if we think back again about how credit cards are started, it is still a buy-first-pay-later mode which seems to have caused a lot of distress to people who mismanaged their money. Hence, debit cards are also invented to target a different group of people but the perks are much lesser.

Who should pay for the credit card payment usage? Merchant or customer?

Credit cards are also putting a pretty high fee on the merchants. Hence, merchants who don’t have high profit margins will not be able to provide such a service too. If they do, they may even put a charge to their customers instead which comes a barrier to deter more transactions to be made.

Is credit card really necessary today?

If we look back at the original intention of credit card, it is to have a middleman to pay for you first while you pay back later.  All for the convenience of payment when technology was not advanced enough; Most people were not holding a mobile phone back then, while carrying a wallet is a common thing to do.

In the near future, all you need to do is to be able to provide an easy way for users to pay with mobile phone from either the merchant’s or the customers’.  In fact, credit card is no longer necessary (unless you are intending to owe them money with high interest rates to pay every month).

One day, somebody is going to create a common Web Service for the world to use as their mobile payment mode,  and instantly the credit card companies may just get out of business. I believe credit card companies (such as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) might want to start thinking about this space so as to stay relevant.