We got our first email system when we moved into a building where an IT consultant was also a tenant. He wired us into his system and we used his domain name. The monthly cost was affordable and there were no maintenance headaches or costs. It was 1993 and Al Gore had just invented the Internet two years before. We were ’on it’.
Over time all those drawing attachments started clogging up his email server, so we got our own email server with our own domain name. The cool factor balanced out the costs and hid the fact that we were stepping out on a slippery slope.
It took a few years for the real aggravation to set in. Server upgrade with new software licenses (per user), occasional mysterious downtimes that usually meant a bill for $400-$600 to fix it. Modest but consistent annoyances became part of being connected.
Finally everybody on the planet got email. That meant that a whole lot of jackasses now had email. A jackass plus email equals spam. By 2008 each of us were receiving 200 emails a day - 95% spam. I was spending a half hour per day sorting and deleting - and that was after developing special tactics for efficiently sorting and deleting. Mondays were a nightmare.
There was a solution. Buy a spam filter for just $15/user/month. If it wasn't 2008 and the start of the great recession, I might have done it.
Instead I found Google Apps.
Here’s what I like about Google Apps:
Google Apps For Work Is A Solution For So Much More Than Just Email.
Get out of the IT business.
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