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How Motorola Solutions (and its 22,000 workers) ditched Microsoft for Google

Matt Kapko | Sept. 24, 2015
One CIO's mission to move thousands of employees to Google for Work from Microsoft Office turned into the most significant IT training exercise of his career. Here's how he made sure the company continued to run smoothly during the transition, along with lessons learned from the project.

Smooth transition all about managing change

Looking back on the project, Meyers says there isn't much he would do differently. While he admits the IT team probably overdid it with training and support, it's far better to have too much training than too little.

Motorola Solutions' transition from Microsoft's suite to Google for Work was relatively smooth, but Meyers did learn an important lesson. "My advice to anybody would be just focus squarely on change management," he says. "The technology works as advertised, but it really comes down to people changing tools that they deal with everyday, and that's a big change."

 

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