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Google Apps for Work vs. Office 365
For this issue of CIO Decisions, Features Writer Jason Sparapani talked to CIOs whose companies have adopted cloud office productivity suites to learn about the factors they weighed in their decisions. He learned that while Google Apps was the clear leader in the cloud office market in years past, Microsoft Office 365 is now a much-improved product -- "a credible product," according to Gartner analyst Guy Creese. In the Google Apps for Work vs. Office 365 battle, customers typically fall into identifiable camps, with party lines drawn by company size, regulatory requirements, appetite for change and organizational culture. Read on to see which side of the fence your company might be on. Plus, we look at how Arby's discovered the internet of things was a better way to manage its costly HVAC systems, get analyst Carl Lehmann to dispel the myths around blockchain and explore how CIOs can take an active partner role in their organizations' digital readiness.
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Features in this issue
In the Apps for Work vs. Office 365 war over cloud productivity suites, Microsoft is capitalizing on users' strong attachment to Word, Excel and other apps. But Google has loyalists, too.
Apps for Work: Google's work applications win over young companies and students, but the business suite does have its drawbacks.
Before moving productivity software to the cloud, think about what you might lose -- and what you might gain, says Gartner's Guy Creese.
There are predictions that the blockchain market will change the nature of business transactions. But how much of that is hype? One analyst weighs in on the topic.
Putting one person in charge of digital readiness won't work, says CEB's Andrew Horne, but that doesn't mean CIOs don't play a pivotal role in digital transformation.
Columns in this issue
In this month's CIO Decisions, we explore the cultural divide in the cloud office-productivity-apps space, in which Google and Microsoft are battling for market share.