ITD Solutions, Inc. now offers Microsoft Office365 and Google Apps for Work

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ITD Solutions, Inc. now offers Microsoft Office365 and Google Apps for Work

Cloud made simple

The cloud is changing how we do business everyday. How we function as companies and how we purchase our software. Think of all the many expensive versions of Microsoft Office that you purchased over the years! What if you could make your software upgrades a predictable monthly charge? That’s exactly what Microsoft and Google have done.

It all started when Google decided they wanted to compete in the email business. They eventually added online document editing and sharing and that became Google Apps. What once started as a free service for businesses has grown into a multi-million dollar operation with hundreds of thousands if not millions of businesses, schools and non-profits across globe using Google Apps for Work.

Microsoft realized that companies didn’t want to pay hundreds to upgrade a version of software previously purchased. Microsoft then made the simple decision of moving all of its software to the cloud. Allowing for download and purchase on a monthly subscription, instead of an upfront cost. No more unpredictable charges for software upgrades, just one flat fee per user per month with the latest update.

Google Apps for Work or
Microsoft Office365?

This is a question many business executives are asking themselves. But what is the correct answer, or is there a correct answer? I’m going to give you a few key benefits of both options and let you decide. They are both great options, it just depends on your business and how you run it.

Having used both Office365 and having help a great deal of companies decide on the best solution, I’ll try to be as unbiased as possible. Both solutions are great, however some may be better then others depending on your situation. I’m going to go through each of the below categories and give you a few bullet points to think with.

Google Apps for Business

Their are many benefits to using Google in the workplace. I’ve done my best to go through some of the key functions so you can make an informed decision.

communicate
Collaborate
store manage

Business Email

This is essentially Gmail only turbo charged. You can get a customer (@YourDomain.com) email address. Setting up users is VERY simple. It takes less then 2 minutes to create a new user email and give them access to any application you want. Also Google Apps does have a HUGE app store where you can integrate your email into other 3rd party applications like CRM, Click-to-Call etc.

  • Microsoft Outlook integration
  • 25GB of storage per user, 50x the industry average
  • Voice, video chat, IM and mail
  • Spam filtering with customization

Hangouts

Meet face to face with co-workers and customers. Hangouts is a great video collaboration tool. Combine that with Google docs and you have a great solution.

  • Built-in Screen Sharing
  • Works on any device, desktop or mobile device
  • HD Video meeting
  • Public platform to showcase your brand (very cool features for the marketing folks)

Calendar

You can centralize your calendar schedules all in one place. Very similar to Outlook with Exchange however web based (or outlook, apple mail). Very easy to overlay other calendars to see what’s going on or when others are available.

  • Group Calendars
  • Microsoft Outlook integration
  • Send invites and manage RSVPs
  • Mobile access with text message reminders lks)

Google+

A social network designed for business. Having a social network that’s integrated into your workflow can be a good thing, especially if your job is to promote your company. A few key features are the ability to integrate with emails, calendar and docs to help you work smarter. You can also filter your inbox using circles and get instant feedback by posting surveys.

Google Drive

The same concept of DropBox or Cubby, Google Drive gives you  a place online to store all your important documents.  You can easily share them with anyone even if they don’t have a Google account. You can have access from your mobile device and from multiple computers. Allows access from desktop or laptop.

Manage

Setting up new users is very simple. It takes less then 2 minutes to ad or delete a user, change a password. This feature is very useful and convienient. Google also has a great App store where you can buy 3rd party apps to integrate with, like CRM or Click-to-Call apps.

Collaborate

A social network designed for business. Having a social network that’s integrated into your workflow can be a good thing, especially if your job is to promote your company. A few key features are the ability to integrate with emails, calendar and docs to help you work smarter. You can also filter your inbox using circles and get instant feedback by posting surveys.

  • Works in real-time with multiple collaborators
  • Supports formats including .doc, .xls, .ppt and .pdf
  • Easy to upload and share files that are always backed-up
  • Manage who accesses files to review or edit

Microsoft Office365

One of the main benefits to using Office365 is that the software resides on the desktop. You DON’T need a web browser to do all the things you would do in Google. All the applications reside on your computer, however you only pay a per user license fee instead of a one-time upfront software purchase. This makes managing your budget predictable. Below are a few of my descriptions of the useful apps Office brings to the table.

Microsoft Office365
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