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Canam Group Inc. Builds Workplace Cloud Collaboration

Posted by Robin Suttell, Content Marketer on Aug 28, 2018

CanamLongtime IBM Notes users at Canam Group Inc. wanted to work better, smarter and more efficiently, particularly with a scattered, global workforce. But life on the IBM Notes platform hindered efforts at workplace cloud collaboration.

Since 1961, the Saint-Georges,Quebec-based company has specialized in designing integrated solutions and fabricating customized products for the North American construction industry. It’s divided into three groups of products and services: buildings, structural steel and bridges. The Corporation operates 25 plants across North America and employs over 4,700 people in Canada, the United States, Romania and India.

That’s a lot of workers in many different locations and time zones. Using IBM Notes, Canam Group Inc. relied upon email attachments to share files across the company. These files were getting muddled. Too many versions existed with too many people touching them and making new versions.

The result? Workers were wasting time managing files. They needed the ability to create living documents that teams could open simultaneously to collaborate in real-time, no matter where they were located or what time of day it was.

With such a scattered workforce, the company’s leaders knew they needed to streamline workflows and processes. They felt it was critical that all teams were able to work from a single source for document creation and review processes. They also wanted to minimize costs.

Enter Onix and G Suite. Canam Group Inc. was interested in what G Suite could offer in terms of workplace cloud collaboration, but the deal wasn’t yet signed, sealed and delivered.

Google Cloud reps brought us into the equation when they realized Canam Group Inc. needed a large enterprise deployment of the leading, cloud-based workplace productivity tools suite. We’re the partner who makes that happen for dozens of customers in Canada.

We first helped the company through a technology evaluation, a must before any deployment, as we always want to ensure G Suite is a good fit for any client’s needs and environment. During this audit, the Onix team examined the company’s current technical environment so we could understand how they currently worked. We also assessed how much data (email, documents, etc.) we would need to migrate during the deployment — one that would cover 2,500 users.

The audit also included developing a plan for how the company would implement G Suite across all of these global users. It focused on using online and onsite training and adoption preparation tactics divided into three phases — core IT, early adopters and then the full suite for the rest of Canam Group Inc.’s new G Suite users.

The entire project, from planning to full adoption took just six months, moving quickly from concept to Go Live. After Going Google so successfully by deploying G Suite, leadership at Canam Group Inc. is now exploring the benefits of migrating to Google Cloud in addition to maximizing their current investment in G Suite.

Topics: Workplace Cloud Collaboration, G Suite

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Robin Suttell, Content Marketer

Robin Suttell, Content Marketer

Robin is Onix's Content Marketer. She has devoted her career to the written word, developing strategic, thoughtful, relevant copy that educates, engages and entertains, both as a working journalist and marketing pro. At Onix, she oversees all marketing content initiatives for the leading cloud consultancy and solutions provider. When she's not doing the content thing, Robin enjoys planning song-and-dance medleys with friends for the annual church talent show and singing loudly in her car.

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