Are your existing cloud tools serving you well enough?

Caroline Wigley
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If you’ve dabbled in cloud productivity tools, the chances are that your employees are already using one or more tools from different providers. They might even use a full-fledged office productivity suite with a range of online services including a word processor, spreadsheet, calendar, and email system.

Aside from the market leader, Microsoft Office 365, there are only a handful of end-to-end cloud-based productivity suites on the market, ranging from small players like Zoho and OnlyOffice to the only real serious contender: GSuite (formerly Google Apps).

If you’re using one of these cloud tools, ask yourself a serious question: How happy are you with your choice? 

GSuite takes a different approach to Microsoft Office 365, focusing entirely on the browser for delivery. Google doesn’t have a portfolio of client-side productivity applications, so it tried to turn the browser into a full-fledged word processor, spreadsheet, calendar, and mail client. Even with the company’s admittedly fine programming tuning, that’s a tall order.

With Office 365, Microsoft built on its rich set of desktop and mobile productivity suites that have dominated the productivity market for three decades. The company integrated them with a cloud-based infrastructure that gave them the best of both worlds: fast, full-featured client-side software with the low-cost storage, reliability, and group collaboration features of the cloud. 

Microsoft’s Office applications have kept pace with desktop and mobile technology, making them suitable for everything from simple repetitive task-based workers through to power users. People can interact with them via a range of interfaces, including not just the keyboard but gesture, stylus and even voice.

Microsoft Office’s popularity alone has swayed many companies to use Office 365 in the cloud because it supports the file formats they’re used to. Conversely, importing Microsoft Office files into GSuite and then exporting them again is a finicky, manual process.

These advantages have helped propel Microsoft Office 365 to new heights in the cloud productivity market. When cloud security company Bitglass analysed over 135,000 corporate systems, it found 56.3% of them using Office 365 in the cloud. GSuite trailed behind with 24.8%.

If you’re using anything other than GSuite or Office 365 in the cloud, the chances are that it’ll be a point solution, designed to do just one or two things. Examples here include online communications hub Slack, file storage system Dropbox, and hosted customer relationship management system Salesforce.

These single-shot solutions frequently come with integration options that let you connect them with other online tools, but it’s more reliable and functional to use tools that are all part of the same native ecosystem from the beginning. Microsoft’s cloud solutions offer users a seamless integrated solution, extending from office productivity applications and email through to team collaboration, real-time video communications, and even CRM and invoicing. It all works perfectly, because it’s all designed and hosted by the same company, from desktop to cloud. Even the desktop operating system is a Microsoft product.

If you think your existing cloud-based tools offer room for improvement, then learn how easy it is to make the jump to a more capable solution designed from the ground up to serve your business. Contact our expert staff today for a free consultation.  

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