blog Last month Macquarie University generated quite a lot of headlines when it confirmed it would ditch Google’s Gmail platform and migrate instead to Microsoft’s Office 365 ecosystem. Well, now the shoe is on the other foot, with CRN reporting that Australian marketing outsourcer Salmat is in the midst (with the assistance of Accenture-owned Cloud Sherpas) of removing Microsoft Office from its operations and deploying Google Apps with Chromebooks instead. CRN reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Salmat has 4,000 staff, and aims to have staff that aren’t in contact centres moved across to Google by Christmas. It will then look at extending Google Apps for Work to its contact centres.”
To be honest, I am quite confused right now. We have some organisations dumping Google Apps for Microsoft Office. On the other hand, we have other organisations dumping Microsoft Office for Google Apps. So which is better? Which one should large organisations be using? It’s all mixed up at the moment.
My own opinion is that very few large organisations with a large desktop fleet will be able to get by on using Google Apps — Microsoft Office is too ubiquitous and files do need to be shared between organisations. Microsoft Word and Excel in particular are basic corporate must-haves for knowledge workers. Coupled with Gmail and Google’s Calendar solutions, this should be an OK combination for most organisations
However, really information-rich groups or those with compliance requirements should probably stick with Outlook/Exchange instead for collaboration. Workers who don’t have a desk or who don’t often use a desk are probably OK with the whole Google Apps suite and probably don’t need Office.
Is this how everyone else is looking at the situation? Or am I off beam?