Enterprise productivity and collaboration solutions had been fairly unchanged until the cloud era. Originally developed for email and content creation, they were intended for individual contributors to build presentations, spreadsheets, and other documents, and to be able to communicate over email. As the cloud evolution changed how consumers and enterprises alike interact with data, these solutions are also finally going through a significant change. Google’s G Suite has created the most comprehensive tool for enabling enterprise workers to create content, collaborate, and share important data. G Suite is rapidly becoming an industry leader because it is agile and built to grow and adapt to the needs of the enterprise.
As with many other Google innovations, G Suite is the result of the evolution of Gmail into a full range of document apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides), then collaboration tools (Hangouts, Chat), and now it boasts a massive, and growing, library of third-party apps that can be used to enhance the basic platform. Some have questioned Google’s ability to parlay their intrinsic consumer focus into the enterprise. G Suite has delivered a resounding affirmation that they can, and continue to do so.
It wouldn’t be right, however, just to look at G Suite as a turbocharged version of Google’s app family. Enterprises demand from their tools things like rigorous security, scalability, and the ability to grow in an agile way. There’s no possibility of products seeing the light of day in an organization if they can’t deliver these things. Google recognizes this and ensures enterprise-grade abilities in their solution. As a result, major companies are making the move to G Suite; Colgate, Digital First Media, and Hunterdon Healthcare – they are all benefitting from a variety of the benefits that Google offers.
Security is embedded in the Google culture
No CIO will sign off on an enterprise-wide solution unless it can prove it meets strict security standards. Google’s development team relies on more than 600 of the top industry security experts, and they have built security into the culture of every element of their cloud environment. G Suite has been built on the idea that security isn’t just a checklist. G Suite applications and user data is protected with Google platform-specific security measures that protect all the layers of the Google cloud. Physical data center locations, ID management, Google’s Titan chip development, and every layer in between is continuously monitored for vulnerabilities and remediated with automated capabilities. Enterprises that use G Suite are ensured that their own data, and that of their customers, is protected, but still able to move and transact among Google apps and with third-party vendors.
Google has, from inception, been dedicated to a continuous innovation mindset that enables GCP to benefit from the latest and most effective ways of thwarting malicious activity before it can wreak havoc and damage a business.
G Suite scales and integrates at an enterprise-level
The cloud operates on the premise of scale. Besides being able to increase capacity as a company grows, the cloud also enables organizations to use only what they need. Storage, bandwidth, user admin; all of these things can increase and decrease as demand necessitates.
We see some organizations that have not fully embraced the cloud, yet will have an “a ha” moment upon seeing how G Suite operates with employees. Especially for organizations that have remote workers and a distributed workforce, G Suite has demonstrated that it can adapt to changing content development, team collaboration, and all types of organizational transaction needs. Additionally, with the ability to integrate G Suite capabilities with Outlook and the myriad of third-party apps and add-ons built for Google, organizations face a fairly seamless environment. User management is secured at Google’s ID management layer, and access rights are easy to control for admins. The lack of hardware management also negates the cumbersome tasks associated with maintenance, storage, and upgrades.
A platform built for the digital enterprise
Google has always encouraged collaborative development, and their rich API platform gives third-party developers the opportunity to innovate on behalf of both Google and its customers. Google’s Marketplace offers a huge variety of apps that integrate with the component pieces within G Suite. Additionally, working with premier partners such as SADA Systems, customers can customize functionality and the user experience while taking advantage of the massive capabilities of the Google Cloud engine.
The G Suite mindset is mirrored in all the benefits touted about the cloud. For example, opening a shared, collaborative drive to appropriate users amplifies why an approach born in the cloud and adapted through continuous innovation is not just a feature. It provides a more usable way to work and promotes the way an agile business is supposed to operate. Additionally, users don’t have to think about hardware or scaling; everything they need to function individually or as part of a team is available through more than a dozen apps and endless possibilities of user- and team-specific apps that can be developed.
Many organizations love the idea of what a cloud-based productivity solution can provide, but need help in applying the right cloud platform to their unique needs. At SADA, we work with a variety of customers to deliver technology that helps them be more productive without creating disruption. It’s a skill set we’re particularly good at, but continue to improve and refine in order to take advantages of the incredible innovation coming out of partners like Google.