Google Docs and SharePoint

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Georgia Tech saves $1mm moving to O365

Q: Can Sharepoint Online (O365) duplicate the collaborative web-based real-time editing features of Google Documents Spreadsheets? If so, how?

A: Yes.                        (from LinkedIn)

An IT pro’s day changes using Office 365 vs. Google Apps. Check this out [INFOGRAPHIC]:

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Businesses choose Microsoft Office 365 over Google Apps

  • 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

  • ·         “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

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