On-prem solutions don’t always provide the scalability and functionality enterprises need. SharePoint is one system that hasn’t seen much competition, but new integrations in Google Workspace finally provide a flexible, cloud-first alternative.
Customers already on Google Workspace today—as well as those using other environments—may have traditional solutions such as SharePoint and similar standalone systems that haven’t yet been decommissioned. Modernizing these legacy platforms is becoming an imperative for a growing number of enterprises as they seek to enable greater collaboration among employees and leverage more advanced features built around the latest tools.
Google Workspace, AODocs, Happeo Combined Creates Powerful Cloud-first Content Management
As part of the platform’s continuous enhancement cycle, Google Workspace now boasts integration with Happeo and AODocs, a blend of capabilities that gives your users access to a robust content management and employee engagement solution without the need for on-prem hardware. Intuitive interfaces and simplified settings come together in this new alliance, allowing team members to quickly create and publish content, communicate with colleagues and access information, all in a cloud-native environment. Even without a Google Workspace account, enterprises can still leverage the combined power of these three modern platforms to drive business process automation and boost workforce collaboration.
Why are Established Systems so Sticky?
Once a platform is implemented, it’s not uncommon for it to linger even after other solutions come along to augment or succeed it with new capabilities. Companies that opt to leverage Google Workspace, for example, may not always remove PowerPoint, Office, or local shared drives for file storage. This often leads to:
- Users resorting to established applications because they’re accustomed to using them,
- Teams struggling to complete the migration away from legacy technologies and
- The business not having a clear reason to officially decommission outdated platforms.
Rather than fully adopting a new ecosystem, these legacy platforms may continue to inhabit the architecture even as their usage declines and workers adopt other, more powerful systems.
Other reasons also play into the decision to leave existing platforms in place. An organization that spent money on SharePoint customization may fear losing its investment or might be hesitant to commit to the costs needed to replicate its current installation. Technical debt is an ongoing concern for businesses with legacy technologies but the options to upgrade and consolidate to a more holistic environment continue to expand, and such is the case with Google Workspace.
Amplify Your Productivity with the Features Users Need
Business users today are increasingly driven by the consumerization of technology, giving greater priority to ease of use than ever before. The integration of AODocs and Happeo provides your workers with an experience that’s more user friendly than SharePoint, and the intuitive interface enables them to quickly adopt these products and optimize them for their specific workflows.
The new integrated platforms are also mobile ready, something that’s been a challenge with SharePoint users over the years. Accessibility through Happeo, AODocs and Google Workspace is greatly improved over legacy systems, extending employee access to your organization’s digital workplace through the branded mobile applications. Employee engagement also receives a boost when mobility improves, particularly as the pandemic recovery remains dynamic and some team members may shift toward a hybrid work model.
As workloads and storage continue to move to the cloud, companies that deploy Happeo and AODocs with Google Workspace enjoy greater scalability and accessibility than with SharePoint. You no longer need to manage security and compliance issues internally—instead, you can finally get patch and update tasks off your plate, turning them over to the experts behind the respective platforms. This allows your IT team members to turn their attention more fully to strategic issues within your core business. And your administrators will appreciate that the blend of Google Workspace with AODocs and Happeo typically requires less custom coding to achieve greater functionality.
Deployment Without the Traditional On-prem Challenges
Migration to Google Workspace enables quicker deployment than SharePoint. Because it’s driven by cloud technology, the rollout is seamless and non-disruptive. Training needs are typically minimal since many users are already accustomed to the native Google interface experience shared by the new platforms. Configuration and other administrative tasks are also reduced.