Daniel Bumby from technology solutions company Simoda explains why Google Workspace is becoming the sensible choice for businesses interested in alternatives to Microsoft 365.

Lots of businesses have already moved their productivity suite of applications to the cloud and, according to the statistics, some 83 per cent of enterprises use Microsoft 365 – or Office 365 as it was previously known. However, over the last 12 months we have started to see a trend in the business community choosing Google Workspace over Microsoft 365.

For a Microsoft and Google Workspace partner like ourselves, this is an interesting battle and one that we address daily, but it also throws up some interesting challenges.

Google Workspace has generally been the application stack of choice for new businesses which are what we call ‘born in the cloud’ and traditionally it has been the flavour of choice for the education sector. Now, we are seeing a true challenge to Microsoft’s dominance with Google’s business class productivity package.

An interesting trend we are experiencing at the moment is businesses with mixed estates, meaning they have both Microsoft 365 & Google Workspace.

This brings even more challenges to the IT team, but these are not ones to look at in fear. The objective of a mixed estate is to ensure that users are as productive as possible and in today’s modern IT world this is achieved by giving the users the applications they are most comfortable with.

Why work with Simoda for Google Workspace?

Simple really – Simoda are a local technology solutions business based in Kelham Island and help business leaders and IT teams with their technology challenges. As a Google Workspace partner, we help our customers optimise licenses to ensure costs are kept to a minimum, migrate to and from Google (and Microsoft), and provide ongoing support for Google Workspace, including monthly or annual billing.

What is included in Google Workspace?

  • Gmail for Business
  • Meet (video and voice conferencing)
  • Chat (secure messaging)
  • Shared calendars
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Keep (shared notes)
  • Forms (survey builder)
  • Sites (website builder)
  • Currents (the replacement for Google+ for Google Workspace)
  • At least 30GB of cloud file storage (Google Drive)
  • Security and administrative controls
  • Google Vault (Retention and eDiscovery)

If you are unsure what to do, or you want a local business with Google experience to support you and your teams, then get in touch with one of the Simoda Google specialists today by calling 0114 553 3600 or emailing Daniel.bumby@simoda.co.uk

Alternatively, go to www.simoda.co.uk/applications