Overall Satisfaction with Google Drive
The entire organization utilizes Google Drive. It is an ideal platform for shared editing of spreadsheets and documents, in addition to general document sharing. Also, it is ideal for designing templates that can be used to generate standard team documents or sheets, especially when combined with Google Sites and Google Apps Scripts that tie the products together. The sharing settings are simple and easy for document owners to manipulate.
- Simple, easy document sharing. No need to worry about your back-end architecture and setting up complex configurations.
- Business Continuity... no worries about disaster recovery & such, it's all handled by Google.
- Ability to import Excel sheets as Google sheets. Most formulas translate directly without issues.
- Increased capabilities for the spreadsheets is always good, although it would be tough to implement the complete array of options available in Excel. Still, Google is regularly improving the product.
- Google should continue to improve on the available APIs. They are decent, but there are some limitations here and there. They could be simplified more. The apps scripts are simpler to use. For C# and Java, you have to call a number of commands just to get to where you want to modify a cell & such.
- Wide ranging increased efficiency (especially as it relates to sharing information, establishing timely reports). Ability to collaborate faster than more traditional means.
- Communication improvements, such as by document comments (unique per document).
- Certainly less cost from an infrastructure standpoint... no need for regular system maintenance tasks that would be necessary from a more traditional setup.
- Office 365
Google drive is much easier to configure. Office 365 can still require much more administration.
Well, if there are concerns for needing government level security, you might want to implement an intranet based system that is generally more secure. That is not to say that your Google documents would not be secure, I just don't believe you could properly establish the highest security levels, such as what may be required for working with the government.