Brian, we sell and support both ecosystems.
IMO if you already use the Microsoft suite of products, especially if your LOB software exports to Excel, you probably want to go the Microsoft route because it includes the desktop Office software licensing. There are many great productivity features in Office 365. One of our favorites is Teams.
If you are a newer company and your line of business software is all web-based, then Gsuite may be a great play. We see many young companies using Gsuite because it is the productivity suite of choice for recent graduates. Newer web-based software offerings tend to have more native integrations with GSuite and the 3rd party ecosystem.
In either case, choose a 3rd party backup service for either O365 or Gsuite. Always use 2-factor authentication. If using O365, you must harden the instance. By default, Microsoft leaves several protocols turned on that are potentially unsafe.
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Hello Brian,I second Jill's comments. About 10 years ago, at my former job, we moved over 2,000 email addresses to G-Suite. We never had any issues, especially since most people already used GMail.I recently did an analysis for a customer that has about 300 mailboxes. Taking the route that Jill recommends (G-Suite for everyone and Office 365 for power users) saves them about $100,000 annually.Although Google Sheets is not as advanced as Excel in some areas, it does offer very powerful tools for collaboration (and No Crashes). For example; using existing Sheets formulas I developed a sales forecasting tool for 100+ Project Managers who worked in various locations. Each salesperson updated his/her own Sheet, and the combined results showed up in Management Sheets within seconds.I will be more than happy to provide additional information if there is any interest.Regards,Varoujan AdamianPrincipal ConsultantNoravandBurbank, CA(818) email@example.com
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