Okta today released their second Businesses @ Work report which uses Okta’s dataset of thousands of customers, applications, and integrations, and millions of daily logins to understand how organizations and the people who work for and with them get work done. According to their report, Microsoft Office 365 continues to remain as the most popular application among the businesses. Office 365’s lead has grown materially. One interesting thing to note from their report is about customers who are using both Office 365 and Google Apps.
We’ve discovered that a surprising number of Okta customers across all industries are inviting both cloud giants—Office 365 and Google Apps—into their businesses. Our survey data showed that over forty percent of companies using both Google Apps and Office 365 do so because different departments prefer different applications, presumably for online collaboration. Thirty percent of overlapping customers use Office 365 for licensing desktop products (Excel, Word and PowerPoint) only and use Google Apps for day-to-day email and collaboration. As one respondent put it, “The easiest way for us to license Office and keep it updated is via Office 365.
Another good news for Microsoft is that Azure was the 4th fastest growing app in 2nd half of 2015.