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Which Cloud-Based App is Right for You?

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You need a cloud-based app, but which is the right one? CDW looks at the features and benefits of Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps and IBM Connections.

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Which Cloud-Based App is Right for You?

  1. 1. A COMPARISON OF CLOUD-BASED OFFICE APPS: Productivity That Fits IBM Connections
  2. 2. So you want to work from anywhere.
  3. 3. Increased productivity. Protection against rogue IT. To pay only for what you use. Control over how your workers are accessing their data. The safety of automatic updates. And the convenience of simplified management. YOU WANT:
  4. 4. You know your current productivity suite won’t get you there.
  5. 5. A CLOUD-BASED SOLUTION. FOR ALL OF THAT, YOU NEED
  6. 6. LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS.
  7. 7. What are the benefits of OFFICE 365?
  8. 8. What are the benefits of OFFICE 365? No extensive training is necessary, as Office products are familiar to most workers.
  9. 9. What are the benefits of OFFICE 365? The feature-rich applications perform a broad range of functions, from computation to word processing, without the need for an Internet connection.
  10. 10. What are the benefits of OFFICE 365? Flexible, cost-effective plans are based on the number of users and organizational needs.
  11. 11. What are the benefits of OFFICE 365? Comprehensive security measures — including 24/7 support — are available, and the Office 365 website offers on-demand IT-level training.
  12. 12. Is OFFICE 365 right for me?
  13. 13. OFFICE 365 IS IDEAL FOR: Current Microsoft Office users Organizations searching for stronger mobile productivity tools IT staffs who want online access to abundant high-level training
  14. 14. What are the benefits of GOOGLE APPS?
  15. 15. What are the benefits of GOOGLE APPS? Minimal time and information is needed for implementation, and Google’s intuitive feature set makes adoption easy for users.
  16. 16. What are the benefits of GOOGLE APPS? Admin accounts allow IT to manage services, data and security.
  17. 17. What are the benefits of GOOGLE APPS? Services can be customized to meet organizational needs.
  18. 18. What are the benefits of GOOGLE APPS? Unlimited storage is available.
  19. 19. What are the benefits of GOOGLE APPS? Migration from legacy services like Exchange or Lotus is straightforward and messages from those systems can be preserved.
  20. 20. Is GOOGLE APPS right for me?
  21. 21. Accessing data from anywhere with minimal hardware People who want software that’s easy to set up, use and manage Organizations who want to seamlessly migrate to a new service while maintaining archives GOOGLE APPS IS IDEAL FOR:
  22. 22. What are the benefits of IBM CONNECTIONS?
  23. 23. Expanded collaboration capabilities — like online project organization and advanced business networking — augment a robust feature set. What are the benefits of IBM CONNECTIONS?
  24. 24. It works equally well across all mobile platforms, including Windows, Android and iOS. What are the benefits of IBM CONNECTIONS?
  25. 25. Unlimited free guest accounts allow rich, secure collaboration with customers, suppliers and other partners. What are the benefits of IBM CONNECTIONS?
  26. 26. Offers seamless functionality with other IBM software. What are the benefits of IBM CONNECTIONS?
  27. 27. Is IBM CONNECTIONS right for me?
  28. 28. IBM CONNECTIONS IS IDEAL FOR: Current IBM software users Organizations who support multiple mobile operating systems Workers who need more dynamic collaboration with one another, clients and suppliers
  29. 29. Now that you know what’s out there,
  30. 30. Let’s take a closer look.
  31. 31. Plans Key Attributes OFFICE 365 Familiar Office applications Feature-rich functionality Varied pricing determined by number of users & services Monthly & yearly options 30-day free trial offered • Calendar GOOGLE APPS Software Capabilities Quick to set up & easy to use Simple to manage from back end Two plans that vary by storage space & business controls Monthly & yearly options 30-day free trial offered • Calendar IBM SMARTCLOUD Extensive collaboration tools Strong integration with IBM software & across all major mobile platforms Varied pricing determined by number of users & services Yearly & other terms available 60-day free trial offered • Calendar Plans Key Attributes OFFICE 365 Familiar Office applications Feature-rich functionality Varied pricing determined by number of users & services Monthly & yearly options 30-day free trial offered • Calendar GOOGLE APPS Software Capabilities Quick to set up & easy to use Simple to manage from back end Two plans that vary by storage space & business controls Monthly & yearly options 30-day free trial offered • Calendar IBM SMARTCLOUD Extensive collaboration tools Strong integration with IBM software & across all major mobile platforms Varied pricing determined by number of users & services Yearly & other terms available 60-day free trial offered • Calendar
  32. 32. Software Capabilities Calendar Contacts Tasks Store files File sharing Mobile apps Online docs Feature-rich document editing Real-time document editing Forms Website Archive Social networking Online conferencing Instant messaging Voice Social collaboration Dashboard Communities Business network Project organization Web meetings Web events Surveys OFFICE 365 GOOGLE APPS IBM SMARTCLOUD
  33. 33. Plans Key Attributes OFFICE 365 Familiar Office applications Feature-rich functionality Varied pricing determined by number of users & services Monthly & yearly options 30-day free trial offered • Calendar GOOGLE APPS Software Capabilities Quick to set up & easy to use Simple to manage from back end Two plans that vary by storage space & business controls Monthly & yearly options 30-day free trial offered • Calendar IBM SMARTCLOUD Extensive collaboration tools Strong integration with IBM software & across all major mobile platforms Varied pricing determined by number of users & services Yearly & other terms available 60-day free trial offered • Calendar Email Support • Storage — 50GB per user • 24/7 phone support • Online support • User forums • IT training • Additional support for management is offered based on plan • Storage — options for 30GB per user or unlimited space • Easy migration from legacy services • 24/7 phone support • Online support • User forums • IT training • Knowledge base for administrators & users • Storage — up to 25GB per user • 24/7 phone support • Online support • User forums • IT training • Knowledge base for administrators & users • Dashboard • Communities • Business network • Project organization • Web meetings • Web events • Surveys
  34. 34. To learn more about Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps and IBM Connections for Social Business, click below.
  35. 35. What else should I know?
  36. 36. Before you move forward, there are a few questions you should consider to help you find the right cloud apps.
  37. 37. ORGANIZATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS: How can my organization enable extensive, secure mobile access to collaboration tools? How many of our workers will use the apps, and how can we ensure high adoption rates? Would we need to train staff?
  38. 38. Will our security, reliability and mobility needs be met? Have we considered all of the costs of migrating from one productivity suite to another? ORGANIZATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:
  39. 39. TECHNOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: Which office productivity software are we currently using? Which software do our workers prefer? Should we switch to a new application, or should we stay with our current solution?
  40. 40. TECHNOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS: How well can we integrate with other cloud and on-prem apps? How much IT support will we need, now and in the long run?
  41. 41. Ready to make the move? CDW can help.
  42. 42. To learn more about cloud apps or to see how we can help you, visit CDW.com/cloud We can help you navigate our offering of 40+ carefully selected cloud solution providers. And we can tailor their options to fit your exact needs.

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