G Suite vs Zoho: What are the differences?
G Suite: Collaboration and productivity apps for Business. An integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps. It includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more; Zoho: A web-based online office suite. Unique and powerful suite of software to run your entire business. It contains word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, note-taking, wikis, web conferencing, customer relationship management, project management, invoicing, and other applications.
G Suite and Zoho can be primarily classified as "Productivity Suite" tools.
We had been using Office 365 at Omnio Interactive for roughly 5 months before making the bold decision and switching to Google's counterpart.
Stylistically, both systems are extremely easy on the eye and both interfaces can be used with little to no employee training (who hasn't had past experience with Office/Outlook and Gmail?). Ultimately it comes down to personal preferences; our employees preferred Google's offering when it came to UI.
Pricing is incredibly cheap for both of the products. We were using Office 365 Business Essentials and have moved to G Suite Basic which is roughly 30% cheaper, although this only represents a saving of ~£2 per user per month.
A big deal-breaker for our move to G Suite was the sheer number of sites and services that offer authentication with Google. More services that we use allow registration with an existing Google (G Suite) account and so the reduced number of logins that need to be stored and managed is a bonus. In comparison, we could count the number of services that we came across offering a 'Sign In with Microsoft' on one hand.
Mobile device management is also super useful for securing our employees' devices. Setting up work profiles on Android with the 'Google Apps Device Policy' app is extremely easy, and allows for the 'sandboxing' of business-related apps. Being able to secure these apps with a password or biometrics through Android's settings is also nice to have. This works for us as all of our employees' devices run Android. I don't have any knowledge of how this works (if at all) on iOS.
We are highly dependent on G Suite for all our collaboration and productivity needs, from Gmail and Calendar to Sheets and Docs. While it may not be as robust as Microsoft's offerings in those areas, it's totally cloud-based, we've never had any downtime issues and it integrates well with our other tools like Slack. We write and collaborate on all our specs/PRDs in Docs, share analyses via Sheets and handle our meetings via Calendar. #StackDecisionsLaunch #ProductivitySuite #Collaboration #DocumentCollaboration