595 Employees Switch to Google Apps



Joining five million other businesses from all over the world, First Balfour has announced its move to Google Apps for Business as its primary communication and collaboration platform. Leading the switchover from its old e-mail system, the ICT Department had the suite in full swing by end-March.

As technology has significantly changed the way businesses are conducted in today’s world, First Balfour has decided to provide its people with the most accessible workplace tools to improve efficiency, useful no matter where the location is or what kind of device is being used. As the company is taking on projects spread across the entire Philippines, Google Apps is exactly the tool it needs to provide cost-effective solutions.

The initial announcement about the switchover was released on January 27. This was then followed by a series of countdowns and switchover reminders as well as posters which were distributed to the all First Balfour project sites in Ilocos Norte, Batangas, Bataan, Sorsogon, Leyte, and Dumaguete.

To further assist in change management, 50 employees were selected to be the company’s early adopters or Google Guides. They underwent a 1-day seminar conducted by IP Converge Data Services, Inc. (IPC) to learn more about Google Apps’ core services which include Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, Docs, and Drive.

To hype-up the move even more, IPC and First Balfour set a booth near the Head Office cafeteria on March 3. Employees who got to answer any of the Google Apps challenges correctly took home prizes and giveaways.