Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Calendaring Done Right

Calendaring is one of the most useful systems ever invented.  From the beginning of time, people have developed and used many different types of calendars.  Whether they were based on the sun, moon or stars, all calendars are centered around organizing time.  A calendar can help you remember the past and plan for the future.  Humanity has come a long way in our use of calendars.  In modern times, people generally accept the Gregorian calendar.  When I say that my birthday is on June 3rd, everyone knows exactly what I mean.  

The world of technology has historically not been quite as unified as us humans.  Much like in the early years of our existence, there are many different formats and standards in calendaring software available today.  Some are better than others, some are designed for specific purposes.  How can we communicate and collaborate efficiently when everyone has a different calendaring system?  Enter Google.  They have simplified calendaring and made it accessible to one and all.  They have given us Google Calendar: calendaring done right.

One of the bottlenecks of running an efficient business is the management of people’s time and resources.  Getting teams to collaborate on projects has inherent scheduling difficulties.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people had somewhere to go to coordinate and organize people’s precious time?

So, what can Google Calendar do for your business?

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 Calendar is setting a standard that will allow everyone to be on the same page.  They’ve done calendaring better than everyone else, and they’ve done it right.

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