You may be considering adopting Google Apps in your school, college or university to balance the requirements of your messaging and collaboration infrastructure. On the surface, Google Apps may seem like acceptable replacements for products such as Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft Office. But many organisations have found that Google Apps cause them extra, hidden costs.

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Organisations that have evaluated Google Apps have found that the projected versus actual costs of switching to Google Apps may greatly increase their total cost of ownership (TCO).  In particular, these IT organisations have found that Google Apps may require costly add-on applications, even for most small and medium-sized organisations.

The report below gives detailed information to help you understand the costs associated with using Google Apps.