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Cloud Sherpas on acquisition-fueled growth spurt

Three acquisitions in two months mean the company gets more Google Apps specialists on staff and can offer its services in new areas.

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Cloud Sherpas, a reseller specializing in helping customers adopt Google Apps, today announced its third acquisition in two months of like-minded businesses.

The company acquired WaveAdept, based in Wellington, New Zealand, for an undisclosed sum. Last month it acquired Beloit Solutions Group in Overland Park, Kansas, and Omnetic in San Francisco.

The company has dealt with more than 20,000 accounts and 3.5 million users in 110 countries moving to Google Apps.

Google Apps is a service combining Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and other online tools from the Net giant; customers can use their own domain names with the service. It's a subscription that costs $50 per user per year, though an increasingly limited free version also is available. It offers deeply integrated collaboration features such as letting multiple users edit the same document simultaneously, but its Web-based interface lacks many of the features and polish of its chief competitor, Microsoft Office and Exchange.