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Transformation Tip: Go All in With Google and Succeed

Posted by John Lawler, Director, Cloud Professional Services on Oct 20, 2014

Planning, solutions, strategy and growth

It is not enough these days for IT to deploy the best cloud computing tools to the organization. Today, the business units are introduced much earlier in the deployment process, and not just as a pilot or a project for early adopters.

Simply put, when you go all in with Google, you can measure the results. Business Transformation has become a trusted deployment workstream, one in which results are easily benchmarked and evaluated in real time.

For G Suite deployments, you can accomplish this with the Reporting APIs and third party products such as CloudLock and SoftWatch. The business unit is a strategic and key player in setting the stage for the rest of the organization. They are the thought leaders in the process, and can make or break the success of your rollout.

When you give people tools designed to accelerate collaboration and simplify communication as part of Going Google, you want to make sure your teams rapidly adopt them across the board. Co-existence of the old platform, such as Microsoft Office, and G Suite is counterproductive.

Tools like SoftWatch will evaluate the usage of Microsoft Office in your organization and identify employees who are light users of these applications, or those who don’t use them at all. What if the majority of employees used a highly collaborative tool such as Google Drive to edit docs in real time, a tool that already exists in your G Suite suite?

Suddenly people are improving business processes as simple as gathering data using Google Forms, or meeting remotely using Google Hangouts. These “out of the box” features provide solutions for many of the challenges faced by your organization. Short-term wins can have some ripple effects across an organization, but a sense of urgency and expertise are required to lead this change effort strategically.

Long-term wins are sometimes far out on the horizon because the vision is not shared early enough in the change process. Your new Google Cloud ecosystem means you will wait less wait for examples and inspiration for what is possible.

We can offer those use cases now to your business leads to get their wheels turning. Our transformation services include workshops, process redesign and implementation, all of which engineer a new and better ways to work in the cloud. Our experienced staff of transformation specialists will leverage experience gained from working with many industries and tools so you benefit as much as possible now that you've gone Google.

Topics: Cloud Infrastructure, GCP

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John Lawler, Director, Cloud Professional Services

John Lawler, Director, Cloud Professional Services

John oversees all deployments of G Suite and Chrome and post deployment services that help customers see the value in the entire Google platform. He has been helping organizations go Google since 2009.

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