By Van Murray / Sep 20, 2018
Youve made your decision: your organization is moving to the cloud. But just when you think youre finished making choices, you find yourself weighing the pros and cons of the two most popular cloud productivity platforms for work: Googles G Suite and Microsofts Office 365. Both are excellent platforms for your enterprise, but don’t you have to choose one or the other?
As it turns out, you do not have to choose! Heres a look at why you might want to consider the benefits of enabling your organization with both Office 365 and G Suite.
The Case for G Suite
Known for innovation, Google Cloud products are renowned for their search, collaboration functionality and ease of use and access. Organizations that choose G Suite will undoubtedly see increases in productivity and efficiency. It is also very competitive from a cost standpoint, providing unlimited storage and security at an affordable price.
The Case for Office 365
Office 365 provides modern features like real-time collaboration and online versions of its legacy applications (like Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook), but also has an entire new set of products available as part of Office 365 (like Skype for Business and PowerBI). Microsoft apps are also available online, in the cloud; giving you greater flexibility in using mobile computing technology.
The Case for Both
While it might seem like you need to choose between these two cloud office suite platforms, you should actually have a strategy with both. After all, you will likely work with clients, vendors or consultants who use one or the other. Having access to both platforms will enable your company to have access to the latest tools.
Beyond your need to collaborate with others, its also important to consider both platforms from a data ownership perspective. If your company loses an employee who used their own personal Microsoft or Google account for work-related activities, confidential company data could be lost. Businesses that provide both platforms to their employees create an environment with greater security.
Using a combination of Microsoft Office 365 and G Suite is the best solution for most companies. When on-boarding, both platforms offer world-class training and tutorials that are available online. Once your company is up and running, you can move forward with your business goals using a solution customized to work for you.