Here are the top-rated enterprise apps in Google's store

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Google is making a play for the enterprise with its cloud-based business apps, but the search giant also offers nearly 1,400 third-party enterprise applications in its Google Apps Marketplace.

There are 350 productivity apps alone in the online store, many that fully integrate with Google Apps. In addition to productivity, categories include accounting and finance, admin tools, calendar and scheduling, customer management, document management, project management, sales and marketing, security and compliance, workflow and EDU.

The Apps Marketplace also offers professional services for enterprises, including archiving and discovery implementation, custom apps development, Google analytics, business implementations, support and managed services, and training and change management.

But the apps are the centerpiece of the store, so I thought it'd be interesting to take a look at the highest-rated software based on user reviews. I'm only including apps that have more than a handful of reviews. Kudos and knocks are taken from review comments.

Mavenlink -- Free project management and collaboration tool that integrates with Google Apps and QuickBooks. It's averaging five (out of five) stars in 625 reviews.

Kudos: Intuitive interface, easy to use, very handy tool.

Knocks: Wish it had more business functions, such as CRM and accounting features

FlashPanel (free) -- Management and security for Google Apps. Cloud management features and tools allow Google Apps admins to provision and deprovision users, set and enforce email settings, and control sharing of Google Drive files. Five out of five stars over 265 reviews.

Kudos: Much better than the standard administration tool, what Google Apps dashboard should have been

Knocks: Couldn't find any

Insightly (free) -- CRM and project management tool that tracks leads, proposals, opportunities, projects and manages files. Also includes a full history of customer interaction and a central shared contact list. Four out of five stars over 870 reviews.

Kudos: Simple to use, easy to customize, robust reporting capabilities

Knocks: Emails not ordered by date/time, IU lacking

Do by Salesforce -- Social productivity app allows users to share tasks, projects, notes from phones, tablets and computers. Integrates out of the box with Google Apps. Four out of five stars ove 403 reviews.

Kudos: Good for project managers, interface is great

Knocks: Hard to track multiple projects across different teams, needs a tagging system -- Diagramming application designed around Google Drive that supports any browser natively. Also supports multiple Google accounts, including any number of Google Apps for Business accounts. Five out of five stars over 137 reviews.

Kudos: Best Diagram/Wireframe online tool out there, replaces Visio

Knocks: Could do with some nicer text management, text editing bug

Free & Easy Email Migration -- Google Apps tool from ShuttleCloud that allows self-service email migration in three steps. Five out of five stars over 186 reviews.

Kudos: Two minutes to set up, does exactly what is says, took us through a complex migration

Knocks: Not all folders were preserved

Spanning Backup for Google Apps (free trial) -- Business-class, cloud-to-cloud backup for Google Drive and Docs, Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Sites, with unlimited storage. Five out of five stars over 169 reviews.

Kudos: Cheap, unlimited, easy to use, all basic backup/restore/merge tools are included

Knocks: Missing some features, including Google Docs search

Solve360 -- A CRM tool geared toward small teams in service-based companies that allows direct access from Gmail menu. Five out of five stars over 260 reviews.

Kudos: Rich, robust and intuitive CRM, excellent customer service, replaces Salesforce

Knocks: Couldn't find any

Promevo gPanel for Google Apps Administration -- Management and reporting solution for Google Apps with role-based access control and delegation. Five out of five stars over 168 reviews.

Kudos: Amazing feature set for the enterprise, adds so much functionality to apps administration

Knocks: Couldn't find any

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