In this increasingly digital era, cloud-based apps are on the rise – and Google is a major player in that game. Whether you are already using Google apps for personal use and would like to do more or you are surveying the field looking for good Enterprise IT apps, Google does present some attractive options in G Suite. Today, we’re going to look at what you need to know about G Suite.

What You Need to Know About G Suite

1. Get a Feel for G Suite with a Free Google Account.
If you’re considering G Suite as a possible option and you haven’t already, we strongly suggest creating a free Google account to get a feel for Google’s apps. These free apps will give you a basic feel for how Google works, including e-mail, calendar, (basic) file creation, and file sharing. While G Suite also offers a 14 day trial, a Google Account can be a good way to get a feel for their services without any time pressure or commitments.

2. What Does G Suite Include?
G Suite is an app platform which includes everything you get with a free Google Account, plus high-quality applications for creating and sharing documents similar to those found in the Microsoft Office Suite. In addition, you can build your G Suite domain to include additional apps of your choice, including apps tailored to your business. Out of the box, G Suite offers your own personal email domain name, 30GB of cloud storage, and the ability to share data across the company intranet. G Suite also comes with 24/7 tech support as part of your package contract.

3. How Much Does G Suite Cost?
Starting at only $5 per user per month for a basic G Suite account and $10 per user per month for a business account with added functionality and storage, G Suite is far cheaper than its biggest competitor Microsoft Office 365. With tiered pricing suitable for everything from small businesses to large enterprises looking for mobile solutions, G Suite’s price scheme is competitive and affordable.

4. What are the Limitations of G Suite?
As PC Magazine puts it, the major advantage – and disadvantage – of G Suite is that it’s entirely in the cloud. Unlike Microsoft 365, there are no purely desktop apps here. Any data created within G Suite apps can only be used online or as stored within the Google Chrome browser. That means that employees can only work and save their work in shared storage, which could be good or bad depending on whether you want multiple copies of the same doc floating out there. Apart from this definite limitation, G Suite offers a full suite of document creation apps with easy-to-use editing features.

5. What You Need to Know About G Suite Setup and Customization.
If you do decide to set up G Suite on your own or to give it a trial run, you will quickly discover that G Suite requires some technical expertise – and is begging to be customized. Especially if you are opting for the two-week trial, make sure to have your custom domain and business logos and any other apps ready to go. Set aside an hour to get the portal design just right before inviting users to try it out. Keep in mind that G Suite administration is intended for users with some technical knowledge. You will essentially be acting as a web administrator – as opposed to Google Accounts, where Google will handle all of that for you. Plan your time and resources accordingly.

Summary – What You Need to Know About G Suite for Your Business
In summary, G Suite offers a sound, cloud-based option for businesses looking for document sharing, e-mail, and other shared functionality without a high price tag, who don’t mind losing out on desktop applications. If you are planning to start using G Suite, would like to evaluate your options, and for more questions, contact us today. Let Stanfield IT help you find the best IT solutions for your business.

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