Shared Contacts for Gmail® helped Meca-Inox to complete their migration from Lotus Notes to Google Workspace, while ensuring their staff too keep the same user experience.


Meca-Inox is a leader in ball valve manufacturing from France. They are now expanding across Europe and the world. The company was founded in 1955. They were formerly using Lotus Notes. Recently, they have decided to migrate to a cloud solution. This is for them to be able to adapt to their global distribution network. It also gives their employees more mobility.


When Meca-Inox tested their Proof Of Concept of the migration from Domino / Lotus Notes to Google, it revealed that they could not migrate their shared address books.

Google Workspace was meeting most of Meca-Inox requirements. However, they would not go with Google unless they could ensure the following capabilities :

  • Users can share several address books (grouped per region or per department) with specific users or groups of users.
  • Users can set different access permissions for that address books (edit / read only / delete contacts) to enforce authority over contact information.
  • Everyone can access shared contacts from their mobile devices as well.


While still in the 30-day trial version of Google Workspace, they installed Shared Contacts for Gmail® and started their Google Workspace pilot, giving their users the opportunity to enjoy all the features of Google Workspace + contact sharing capabilities. They decided to migrate to Google Workspace without finishing their trial version. Thanks to Shared Contacts for Gmail®.


“If we hadn’t known about Shared Contacts for Gmail®, we would have gone for Office 365 instead of Google Apps. “, Jean Chartier, CIO | Meca-Inox

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