We are often asked to do a comparison between GAT+ and Google Vault or GAT+ and Google Reports.
This is often based on the assumption that GAT+ is a replacement for one or the other. This is not the case. While some functions overlap, GAT+ is designed to be complementary to both these Google tools.
What’s the difference?
The confusion sometimes arises because at its centre GAT+ is a powerful reporting tool. It also allows for the viewing, downloading and off-line storage of certain emails or files.
However it is not a ‘matter retention’ platform, nor is it an archiving or backup solution, nor is it simply a reporting tool.
“GAT+ is a deep investigation and analysis tool that is designed to report on user behaviour in all G Suite areas, measure performance, give accurate measures of collaboration, identify user adoption, flag strange or unusual behaviour, generate statistical analyses and record and report data for all time.”
It also has incredible scheduled reporting, that allow for archived daily reports of every activity area. It actively monitors and triggers reports on a wide number of variables. In addition it can also make scheduled actions, for example to realign file ownership on a nightly basis or remove remote access to certain files.
It understands Users, Groups, OUs and Classrooms, folders and folder trees as both collective and individual entities.