I am pleased to highlight WinWire Technologies as another customer who has selected Microsoft Online after finding that Google Apps was not ready for their business. You can read the full case study here.
WinWire Technologies is a Microsoft Gold Certified Managed Partner that had moved to Google Apps in 2007, a year before we had announced BPOS was available in a multi tenant offering. WinWire is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with two offices in India and 150 employees. I actually think the fact that WinWire is a partner makes this such a strong story. They are by the nature of their business, very much in need of collaboration tools, work with customers etc in a consultative nature. Their exposure to enterprise customers using Microsoft tools means they understand what expectations to place on a productivity suite. The issues with Outlook to Gmail sync and lightweight Docs and Spreadsheets taxes users and IT alike.
“We felt that Google was geared to consumers and small businesses that had minimal support requirements,” says Raj Badarinath, Vice President of Marketing for WinWire. “We didn’t feel that it was geared to growing businesses or enterprises. We wanted to expand, improve, and customize our online services and didn’t feel that Google would be the right fit for us.” WinWire migrated all 150 employees to Microsoft Online Services in one weekend.