Google is phasing out the free G Suite for SMBs… and other tech news for small businesses this week

Here are five tech events that happened in the past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Google is phasing out the free G Suite for small businesses.

Google has stopped offering its free legacy version of G Suite to small businesses. As of June 27, Google moved existing subscribers to a paid Google Workspace account. Monthly pricing for Google Workspace Business editions starts at $6 and goes up to $18 per month per user. This means businesses with 300 users who previously took advantage of the G Suite free tier now have to pay between $21,600 and $64,800 per year. (Source: Investopedia)

Why it matters to your business:

I guess all good things must come to an end. Most of my clients are small businesses and don’t have 300 users. But regardless, G Suite is a powerful office collaboration platform and I think it’s worth it.

2 – Employees would consider quitting their jobs for work provided by technology.

A recent survey of 10,000 IT professionals, office workers and senior executives found that 49% of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the technology provided by work and 26% had actually considered quit their jobs because of their frustration. The study also found that 42% of employees have paid for technology out of pocket as a workaround to inadequate technology. (Source: Tech Republic)

Why it matters to your business:

If you’re going to have people work from home – and I strongly suggest that you incorporate that as a standard benefit for those who can – then you’re going to have to invest in good hardware and software so they can do their job. . Another investment: security. You’ll likely need to hire an IT company to monitor your remote employees and make sure their routers and home networks are secure, as well as running the latest versions of their device’s operating systems.

3 — Google Maps added new store locator feature, Locator Plus, Reserve with Google integration, new analytics, and more.

Google Maps announced last week the addition of several new features for businesses to integrate with Google Maps. (Source: Search Engine Land)

Why it matters to your business:

New features include integrated booking functionality that connects customers to multiple services and provides end-to-end appointment booking, store locator integration functionality that enables business owners to deploy and efficiently update their store locator on their websites, and the Google Locator Plus feature which allows businesses to efficiently import their business details from their Google Business Profile. Google Maps is a very important way to generate traffic for your business and my advice is to invest some time to take full advantage of these new tools.

4 — These are the retailers who settle in the metaverse.

A growing number of big-name retailers and organizations are buying space in the immersive virtual world known as the Metaverse. These companies include JP Morgan, HSBC, Louis Vuitton, Samsung, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, Burberry and Adidas. With approximately 50 online space providers for the Metaverse, companies can choose from a variety of platforms, including Somnium Space, Decentraland, Voxels, Horizon Worlds, and The Sandbox. (Source: BBC).

Why it matters to your business:

The metaverse is real. Big companies are getting started. One day – and too far in the future – your business will also have to settle in this virtual world.

5—More delivery robots hit the streets as a new law takes effect.

Georgia residents may soon see more robots on sidewalks and streets thanks to a new law. House Bill 1009 – which relates to robotic delivery devices and personal delivery devices – was passed in April and went into effect last week. The new bill has some restrictions. Robots will not be allowed on highways with speed limits of 45mph or more and must limit their speed to 4mph on sidewalks and 20mph on bike lanes. (Source: OMCC)

Why it matters to your business:

If you can’t find the people to deliver the goods, why not robots? Given the severe labor shortages in our country, combined with rising hiring costs, many companies are turning to automation (workflows, AI, robots) to do their jobs.

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