Security company G4S has announced a major transition to the Google Apps for Work platform with 70,000 staff worldwide.
The move is part of a major shift at G4S to unify its IT on one common set of apps, from the current mayhem of running over 50 different productivity apps and email systems.
Group G4S chief information officer Nick Folkes explained that moving to Google will cut costs and improve collaboration, and allow its newer offices in more remote locations to benefit from key technologies without needing lots of hardware.
“Google has more than halved our IT spend on productivity technology across the group, but more importantly our smaller businesses, especially in developing markets, now have a heavyweight IT infrastructure which gives them a competitive advantage at no additional cost,” he said.
Folkes added that the other major benefit will be accessing new features and updates almost instantly, rather than having to perform the huge software upgrades that were required previously.
“The pace and breadth of collaboration compared with before Google is night and day, while the cost effectiveness of the platform is huge. There’s zero incremental cost involved in Hangouts and the range of other real-time collaboration tools available," he said.
“This means that our systems are constantly being reviewed, invested in and improved, ultimately making our working life easier and more efficient.”
G4S is the latest organisation to move to Google Apps. Peterborough City Council made a similar move, ditching Microsoft in the process, earlier this year.
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