Georgia Tech saves $1mm moving to O365 http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-Office-365/Georgia-State-University/State-University-Switches-to-Microsoft-Office-365-Saves-1-Million-in-Operating-Costs/710000001137
Q: Can Sharepoint Online (O365) duplicate the collaborative web-based real-time editing features of Google Documents Spreadsheets? If so, how?
An IT pro’s day changes using Office 365 vs. Google Apps. Check this out [INFOGRAPHIC]: http://t.co/CEhL3LK4Kj
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- Arysta LifeScience. Arysta LifeScience is an agrochemical company spread across more than 125 countries and employing 3,400 people. Arysta LifeScience wanted to standardize its email platforms on a cloud-based email service and initially chose Google Apps for Business. However, Google Apps was difficult to use and lacked the capabilities its employees had grown accustomed to in Office. Arysta LifeScience introduced Office 365 to its employees and found immediate value — the company is no longer a collection of disparate entities in different countries. It is a globally connected organization where employees can instantly find and communicate with one another.
- SEPCOIII. Based in Qingdao, China, SEPCOIII employs 5,800 people and designs and builds power plants around the world. The company wanted a single solution that employees could use to communicate and collaborate with other employees, partners and customers around the world. Staff had used Gmail but found it unreliable, while most found the calendar feature cumbersome and were not even using it. Because Gmail provided only limited offline functionality, it was difficult for employees to work remotely. With Office 365, SEPCOIII has a dependable and robust cloud-based solution that significantly reduces costs and boosts employee productivity.
- Sensia Halsovard AB. Healthcare provider Sensia Halsovard AB needed a single communication and collaboration platform to accommodate its rapid growth. Approximately 30 percent of its employees had been using Gmail, but found it cumbersome, unintuitive, and when employees needed support, it was difficult for them to obtain it. The company eventually chose Office 365 and found it was a more professional service, as built-in scalability is crucial to a rapidly growing company
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- Google Apps is an ever-changing solution with experimental features that can increase complexity and the need for change management and training.
- When your business needs help, Google Apps support falls short of delivering the kind and level of support you demand.
- Office documents are commonly accepted inside and outside your organization
- Google’s own executives admit they don’t believe their tools can replace Microsoft Office. (and if you’re not replacing it, why are you adding another technology for people to learn?
- Google Docs often leads to frustration with loss of document integrity and loss of formatting
Hidden costs include (breakdowns of each), a few listed here:
- Deployment costs
- Manual migration
- Recreation of Tasks, distribution lists
- No public folders, must manually upload all documents and mark as shared or use 3rd party tool ($)
- Integration w Outlook requires 3rd party
- IT Support Costs
- Admins have only full/no access, limited permissions, must use 3rd party
- Limited logging, not OOTB reports
- Missing enterprise-level security and archiving
- Google retains rights to all copies of information for as long as they require [verify this]
- No guaranteed backup of email for data recovery
- User Training on new systems
- Also links to http://resources.whymicrosoft.com/ResourceDetail?ResourceType=White%20Paper&Title=Counting+the+Hidden+Costs+of+Google+Apps
- · “Google isn’t an enterprise IT provider. It’s a consumer-grade advertising provider. Enterprises have to be very careful when they enter into contracts for Google services that they make sure they’re getting all the liability protections and agreements that they’d seek if they were looking at Microsoft, Oracle, IBM or anybody else.”
- Information Rights Management is not offered through Google and has limited ability to prevent document access through advanced security
- Google maintains limited auditing capabilities, reducing the ability to track and eliminate organizational data leaks
- Additional costs for features that are included in MS already
- Google Apps is missing key security and productivity features (even phasing out Postini) requiring 3rd party development = additional costs
Regarding the Google Sites:
- “Konica Minolta are migrating away from Google Sites because of information sprawl and back end integrations… There are also possible compliance considerations, etc.”
- Not sure if I fully agree with this but: http://www.milesconsultingcorp.com/Sharepoint-vs-Google-Sites-Comparison.aspx