Invitation to Google Apps Customer Connect Conference April 10-11 2012

posted Feb 1, 2012, 3:37 PM by Jordan Pedraza

Hi There!

In lieu of a Google Apps meetup for the Northwest and Southwest Regional User Groups this year, we are inviting members to attend our Customer Connect Conference at Google’s Mountain View headquarters on April 10-11 2012. This event is intended for Google Apps administrators from organizations who have deployed or committed to deploy Google Apps in the Northwest or Southwest regions of the U.S. and Canada. Regional breakdowns for the groups can be viewed at

Agenda includes:
  • Google Apps Roadmap
  • Apps Script Hackathon
  • Customer Stories and Best Practices
  • Engagement with Product Managers and the Google Apps team
  • Free Lunch, Dinner, and Social Events
Register for event here:

Registration is limited to 2 attendees per organization (no exceptions!) and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please send any questions to


Tentative Agenda for Kickoff Meeting 9/26/2011

posted Sep 6, 2011, 7:59 AM by

Hi Southwest Apps Users,

We're starting to finalize an agenda for our kickoff meeting at ASU on Monday September 26, 2011. Please find the tentative agenda below and send feedback on topics to so we can make sure our event is engaging, relevant, and fun! 


Google Apps Southwest Users Group Kickoff Meeting Agenda

Date: Monday September 26, 2011
Time: 9:30am - 4pm Arizona Time
Location: ASU Memorial Union Hall, 1290 S. Normal Ave Tempe, AZ 85287-0901 (more details here)
Participants: led by Arizona State University and Abilene Christian University, supported by Google, for current Google Apps customers in the SW region

9 - 9:30AM Registration and Sign In
  • Have sign up outside MU to direct attendees
  • Hand out name badges
9:30 - 9:45AM Welcome, Opening Remarks
  • Welcome from Jordan Pedraza, Google
  • Welcome from ASU/ACU [individual TBD]
  • Decide on Table Topics during Lunch
9:45am - 11:00am Customer Stories
  • 5 Apps customers share their experience with Google Apps
    • Deployment/Migration path
    • Current users, environment
    • Innovative uses or custom tools
    • Lessons Learned
    • Q&A
11:00am - 11:10am Break

11:10am - 12:30pm Google Apps Product Roadmap and Updates
  • Led by Jordan Pedraza and Jaime Casap from Google
  • The future of messaging, collaboration, communication, and the administrative platform
  • Q&A, feedback
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch and Table Topics
  • Eat and network!
  • Break off into topics based on interest:
    • Google+
    • Best Practices/Use Cases
    • Support (APIs, Troubleshooting/Tech Issues, HelpDesk)
    • Development/Mobile (App Engine, Chromebooks, Android, etc)
1:30 - 2:30pm Customer Panel Hot Topics: New Infrastructure (Consumer Apps) and Google+
  • 1 customer shares their experience with transitioning to new infrastructure and plans moving forward for additional services
  • 1 customer shares experience with using consumer Google+ and ideas for Enterprise use
  • Q&A
Option 1: 2:30 - 3:30pm Industry Breakout: EDU and Business/Government
  • Attendees break out into two groups based on industry to share best practices, challenges with “living in the cloud”
  • Groups use Chromebooks to take notes
Option 2: 2:30 - 3:30pm Chromebooks Deep Dive
  • Presentation on Chromebooks for EDU and Business
  • Live Demonstrations and Workshop
  • Q&A, show and tell
3:30 - 4:00pm Future of Group, Closing Remarks
  • Discuss future meetings, use of mailing list or site
  • Reflect on kickoff meeting, what went well, what to do next time
  • Feedback for Google

4:00 - 5:00pm Informal Networking at Nearby Restaurant or Lounge (Optional)

Location for SW Group at ASU

posted Aug 10, 2011, 2:28 PM by Jordan Pedraza   [ updated Aug 10, 2011, 2:44 PM ]

Hi Southwest Apps Users,

We now have a confirmed location for the Southwest Users Group kickoff meeting:

When: Monday September 26, 2011
Where: ASU Memorial Union Hall, 1290 S. Normal Ave Tempe, AZ 85287-0901 (, Phone: 480-965-6508
Time: 9:30am - 4pm, Mountain Time - Arizona

Directions and Notes:
  • Please arrive between 30 minutes before to 30 minutes after scheduled arrival time or space will be released to the public.
  • Payment is due when exiting the lot. Parking fee is $2.00 per hour or $8.00 for the day.
  • Please check in with the attendant upon entry into the lot and take a parking ticket. If the lot full sign is out, reservations are still accepted. Pull up and check in with the attendant.
  • Directions to Parking Structure 1 Visitor: From Apache Boulevard turn North onto Normal Street. Turn left onto Lemon Street. Take a left into the structure and check in with the attendant. If you have questions, please call our office at 480-965-6209.
We'll be sending out confirmation emails to those who have registered soon!


Hotels near ASU

posted Jul 18, 2011, 5:27 PM by Jordan Pedraza

This is a list of nearby hotels for our upcoming kickoff meeting on September 26, 2011 at ASU.

Tempe Mission Palms

Downtown Tempe
60 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA
Toll Free: 800.547.8705
Local Phone: 480.894.1400
Click Here for Website

Near ASU in the heart of beautiful Downtown Tempe.

Courtyard Marriott
Phoenix Tempe Downtown

601 South Ash Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA
Toll Free: 800.321.2211
Local Phone: 480.966.2800
Fax: 480.829.8446
Click Here for Website

One block east of Mill Avenue on Ash

Twin Palms Hotel, Tempe

225 East Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA
Toll Free: 800.367.0835
Local Phone: 480.967.9431
Fax: 480.303.6602
Click Here for Website

Across from ASU on south end of campus.

Holiday Inn
Arizona State University

915 East Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA
Toll Free: 877.270.6405
Local Phone: 480.968.3451
Fax: 480.968.6262
Click Here for Website

Complimentary Shuttle to anywhere on the ASU campus.

Comfort Inn & Suites (Tempe/ASU)
1031 East Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA
Toll Free: 888.966.7202
Local Phone: 480.966.7202
Fax: 480.829.9340

Ramada Limited (Tempe ASU)
1915 East Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ 85281 USA
Toll Free: 800.272.6232
Local Phone: 480.736.1700 
Fax: 480.736.9030

Four Points by Sheraton Tempe

1333 Rural RD

Tempe, Arizona  85281

Phone: (480) 968-3451



First Group Meeting!

posted Nov 22, 2010, 6:03 PM by Jordan Pedraza   [ updated Jul 18, 2011, 5:13 PM by ]

We have now confirmed the date for the Southwest Users Group kickoff meeting: Monday September 26, 2011 at Arizona State University.

The meeting will begin at 9:30am with Registration and end at 4:00pm at Arizona State University.  This first meeting will cover a number of interesting topics related to Apps use and administration, talks from Google employees, and provide the opportunity to meet other Apps users and set the direction for future meetings and other group activities.

Space is limited at the facility.  As a result we ask that an organization send no more than 2 representatives and meet the following requirements:
  • Current Google Apps for Education (K-12, Community/Technical College or 4 year College) or Google Apps Business customer (Fortune 1000)
  • Directly involved in either the administration, support or development of services related to Google Apps
  • Conduct business in the southwest region of the United States (Southern CA, AZ, NV, UT, CO, NM, TX, and OK)
If you are interested in attending the event and would like more information please complete the form below:

Google Apps Southwest Users Group Kickoff Meeting Registration

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