Why detecting macros is so important

One of the major pains companies have when moving from MS Office to Google Workspace or even to Office 365, is asking the more “advanced” users to switch from the on premise version to something in the cloud.

These “advanced” users (or, as we call them – Heavy Users) are users that show high levels of interactivity with the various MS Office applications and are more likely to require advanced features. In the past these advanced features didn’t really exist in Google Workspace and in Office 365 but things are constantly improving and we are seeing more and more of these features copied to the cloud based applications. That said, we still want to avoid annoying these users as it’s understandable that they will have a harder time adopting a new Office solution than the standard normal user.

The good news is that there is a very small amount of such users. Our recent benchmark shows that only 23% of Excel users will be heavy, 9% of Word users will be heavy and just 2% of Project users are heavy. With numbers as low as these – it’s really easy to see that by simply moving ONLY the light users to the cloud we can save a lot of money on Microsoft Licensing.

But that’s not good enough!

We listened to our customers over the course of the past two years and one thing kept coming up again and again – Macros. Macros really bothered corporations and it seems like it was one of the key factors preventing any initiative to adopt a cloud based solution like Office 365 or Google Workspace. That’s why we introduced the capability to detect two very important things:

  • Which files contain Macros
  • Who is using these files

These two features seriously reduce the level of uncertainty, improve adoption rates and hey – there are many additional things that you can achieve by knowing which files are being used and by who, but this is another story altogether.