Tech Review: Is G Suite Right for Your Business?

Posted by Ben Jones on 21 Dec. 2016

Is G Suite Right For Your Business by Eaglecrest Technologies

What is this "G Suite" that everyone is talking about?

Do you want to find out how to take the easiest, most noticeable step towards making your business look professional online? Do you love flexibility in the workplace? Do you have an affinity for Apple and Google?

If so, your business needs to look at G Suite!

G Suite (or Google Apps for Work) is a range of intelligent apps from Google that connects the people in your company and helps them Communicate, Store, Collaborate and Manage no matter where they are in the world. Ironically, G Suite goes perfectly with Apple, much like how a photo of a lemon and a pear work perfectly in a parody of Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi.

The good and the bad of G Suite

G Suite is a package from Google that works seamlessly from your computer, phone or tablet and includes:

  • Gmail for business-grade email,
  • Google Drive for cloud storage,
  • Calendar to organise your team,
  • Hangouts to keep in touch with them,
  • Docs, Sheets, Forms and Slides to help them work, plus
  • Other administration and management tools.

G Suite is often compared to Microsoft Office 365 due to the similarity of the product offerings. It is a flexible, cost-effective business productivity suite that is intuitive and runs everything straight from your web-browser, so it doesn’t have to install any programs.

Unfortunately, though this can be a big limitation. As G Suite runs everything from a web browser, it may struggle on more complex tasks but the bigger issue is that it needs internet to access the full range of features.

From a pricing perspective, there are free versions of these programs but for less than $10/month you can get access the business-grade versions, including personalised business email addresses!

Will G Suite work for your business?

G Suite is perfectly suited for creative, highly-mobile and Apple-based workforces, as long as they have a reliable internet connection. It is also the preferred option for startup organisations because it is an easy, cost-effective way to do simple things like get an email address linked to your domain e.g. yourname@yourbusiness.com.au.

Organisations that regularly use Microsoft Office products will struggle with G Suite because of compatibility issues with documents shared internally and externally. If your business currently uses a lot of Microsoft Office programs, don’t change for the sake of it.

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