Catapult Systems: Choosing Office 365 is a slam dunk!

0 Comments  Cloud computing is a hot topic with our customers these days. Due to the economic benefits, we are seeing a great interest in cloud services among our customers. They look for IT managers to focus on more strategic projects instead of on-site maintenance of the software. And all this without having to worry about disaster recovery and unpredictable costs.

Reasons why customers choose Office 365
Most of our customers used local software, while a quarter changed Google Apps or another competing cloud platform. When moving to the cloud, most customers evaluate Google Apps and other competitive offers before making a decision. In the end, they choose Office 365 because they want to remain within the Microsoft family. We see three reasons why customers choose Office 365:

Work with existing software: Office 365 works better with your existing software. Since both IT staff and employees are already familiar with Office, it allows them to be fully productive from the start. In fact, most employees see no difference between Office in the cloud and Office on the desktop. It just works, and that’s a very attractive offer.

Advance to the cloud at your own pace: Another reason customers choose Office 365 is the ability to move to the cloud at their own pace. If you are an organization of 10,000 people, challenge the logic of adopting a big bang approach and move your entire organization to the cloud without first piloting it. Companies do not want to impact all their users at the same time. What’s more, they want a safety net. They want the ability to return to a local environment if the cloud does not meet their needs.

Because Google Apps offers its solutions online only, customers have no choice but to move to the cloud in one giant step. On the contrary, Office 365 provides more flexibility. Users can choose whether they want to move to a pure cloud environment in one step or move to the cloud in smaller steps. The Office 365 hybrid environment gives customers the flexibility to integrate cloud services into a local infrastructure, helping them move to the cloud at their own pace. For example, Office 365 is synchronized with your local Active Directory (AD) infrastructure, which means that the IT department does not have to create new lists of global addresses and user identities for employees in the cloud. Instead, they can trust the identities of their local AD.

The credibility of the company: Google is an advertising company. More than 95 percent of your income comes from advertising. On the other hand, Microsoft has a long history of working on productivity solutions adapted to companies. A large investment in security has been made, much more than an average company can do for itself. Our clients realize that and simplify their decision.

Reasons why customers change Google Apps
In recent years, we have helped many customers switch from Google Apps to Office 365, including three medium organizations that range from 400 to 1,200 users in the last six months. There are a number of reasons why we see that customers are fleeing Google Apps for Office 365:

Outlook e-mail experience: A key reason why customers leave Google Apps is that they do not see Microsoft Outlook. We recently spoke with an executive assistant responsible for managing multiple calendars. Doing it with Google Apps was so cumbersome that he finally started using Outlook on his own. Unlike Google Calendar, which required that you include everyone’s events in a single calendar, which made it difficult to see the calendar you were updating, with Outlook, you could see several calendars side by side, which facilitated the coordination of calendars and meetings.

When we told him that we were there to help his company return to Office, his reaction was: “Thank God!” I was not the only one. After using Google Apps for a month, employees across the organization were putting so much pressure on the IT department that the company decided to switch to Office 365.

Fidelity of Office documents: this is a big problem with Google Apps. Most people use Microsoft Office. Therefore, working with customers and partners outside the organization becomes difficult when using Google Apps. The format of the file is lost as documents are sent between organizations.

Employees who use Google Apps are often forced to convert their documents into Word or Excel so they do not lose formatting, adding a layer of complexity to their already busy workloads. Instead of giving the country

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