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Airbus today announced that it is moving away from Microsoft Office to Google’s G Suite. Airbus has over 130,000 staffers around the world and G Suite will become their only internal productivity and communication tool. In the internal memo sent to the staff, Airbus CEO Tom Enders mentioned that this is a major transformative step. In my opinion, it is a huge bet that could go either way. Ender hopes that this decision will shape the company.
“Choosing G-Suite is a strategic choice, a clean break with the past while assuring business continuity. Let’s embark together on this journey towards a truly collaborative enterprise,” Ender said.
This transformation process will take about 18 months and Airbus is also planning to train their staff on how to use G Suite apps. From Microsoft’s point of view, I find this deal surprising because Microsoft’s sales team could have easily pocketed this deal as Office 365 would have offered great value for Airbus without requiring any kind of training for their employees. May be there is some other reason which went against Microsoft that we are not aware of.