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3 responses to “Google Docs, Why 903 of Users Should Migrate Yesterday”

  1. JoeTierney

    Agreed. Information technology teams have two choices – embrace the future that is already here or loose credibility as other business units get there first. It is human nature to avoid change but executives are paid to lead not maintain the status quo.

    Too many IT teams are stuck in the product mindset. Will 8 of 10 people be just fine utilizing Docs instead of Word? Absolutely, but I’m sure the case could be laid out that Office is still a wise investment. That case would have to be word processor vs word processor or spreadsheet vs spreadsheet. However Google Docs is not a product, it is a service – specifically part of the Google Apps services.

    We often compare Docs to Word or Gmail to Exchange but this fails to capture the reality of Google Apps. The service includes email, instant messaging, voice/video chat, spam/virus protection, disaster recover, mobile, calendaring, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, intra/extranet site creation/hosting, video hosting/sharing, document management, and literally dozens of additional services. No hardware or software required.

    Word vs Docs and Microsoft could have a case, but that’s not the reality of the contest. Let the finance department keep Excel, but 100% of enterprises should absolutely be taking advantage of the Google Apps suite in part or whole to efficiently enable additional services across their organizations. The only part of the service that actually requires IT is messaging – Gmail, Calendar, Talk – the rest of the services can be utilized at any time by any business unit with no need for IT. IT either owns Google Apps (as the administrator for services for the domain) internally or, for better or worse, business units will simply go around them.

  2. Sigmoid Freud

    Don’t you think more people will use instead of Google docs? Microsoft office’s basics, online, and free. I think Google got there first, but Microsoft has familiarity working on its side.