Office 365 or Google suite for global business? If you moved from one to the other, what were some of the reasons? What worked out well or not so well?

Office 36581%

Google Business Suite18%


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CIO in Consumer Goods, 11 - 50 employees
Office 365 is good, one need to negotiate hard for good pricing though.
Chief Security Officer in Software, 10,001+ employees
O365 is good, but pricey. O365 has better Office productivity apps (powerpoint, etc.). Gdrive vs OneDrive is a tossup. I'd probably favor OneDrive as slightly better. Exchange and Outlook is WAY better than Gmail. Teams is better than Meet and Hangouts for video conferencing, but Teams is terrible for chat/collaboration. Teams is basically a Slack wannabe done poorly. I will say definitively that the security in O365 is way better than Gmail and this was a big driver for us to migrate off Google, BUT MS charges you for this. You get way you pay for I guess.
vCIO, Infrastructure Architect, Manager in Services (non-Government), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
G-Suite has horrendous insecure runaway permissions. We moved to o365 and never looked back.
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VP of IT in Healthcare and Biotech, 51 - 200 employees

That’s an unsubstantiated statement. Permissions and permission control come from good governance.

Founder/CTO in Hardware, 11 - 50 employees
Office 365 has better functionality etc. Tried to use Google sheets and unfortunately had some issues. So, we stayed on Office 365.
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VP of IT in Healthcare and Biotech, 51 - 200 employees

Better functionality is slightly different than the functionality your business wanted.

Director in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
Office 365 offers a stable, known platform.  Google is fighting to catch up, but hobbled by privacy and security concerns
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VP of IT in Healthcare and Biotech, 51 - 200 employees

I’d be interested to see what information was used to back this up?

CIO in Healthcare and Biotech, Self-employed
People keep saying one is “better” over another but I get the sense they are making this a matter of taste. I support several companies at a time and see both worlds side by side. In my experience, G Suite produces much less helpdesk load and there are fewer outages. Business types prefer MS, scientists and engineers prefer Google. If either is already implemented, I think the headache of migrating from one to the other is almost never worth the headache.
CIO & Digital Transformation Advisor - Independent Consultant in Software, 2 - 10 employees
Office365 though little expensive, one can derive lot of value from the solution if and only if one is smart to carve solutions using these tools for collaboration, data security, eDiscovery, etc...
CFO, Self-employed
We moved from G-Suite to O365, primarily because of the collaboration capabilities that Microsoft Teams & Sharepoint and of course the full Office Suite of Products.  Additionally, what was of immense value was the integration of these collaboration platforms with Power BI, which we have now standardised for delivery of MIS within the organisation.  

Lastly, the integration with D365 - the ERP & CRM Suite too helps enormously.  We did not go with Talent, as we found the HR Suite to not be mature.
Head of Professional Services in Software, 51 - 200 employees
Whilst I personally prefer O365, price wise I think there is a place for a low cost, simpler alternative for many organisations that don't need the full suite of functionality provided in O365 and who would get more value investing in other parts of their technology ecosystem.
Executive Architect in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
O365's practical advantage is its user base and inertia, even where security is not a top concern.  The inertia includes the baggage of quirks, features, bugs that impact formatting, creating the risk of incompatibility when trying to edit Word and Excel docs in Google.   This becomes a frequent headache when sharing documents with customers and partners who are using different tools.  Consequently we are forced to buy O365 even when Googles docs would be more than adequate.  Add in the security advantages and we really are getting what we pay for.

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