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Meet the new Hangouts

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

Last year, we talked about doubling down on our enterprise focus for Hangouts and our commitment to building communication tools focused on the way teams work: from anywhere, at anytime. More than half of the workforce will contribute remotely by 2020, so businesses require purpose-built tools to help employees succeed. Our customers have told us it should be effortless for them to connect over video and that chat should be more collaborative, so we’re evolving Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help bring teams together and keep work moving forward: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.

Start your meetings with a quick click: meet Hangouts Meet

Hangouts Meet is a new video meeting experience with one goal: make joining meetings effortless so that people can be as productive as they are when they’re face-to-face. We’ve consistently heard from customers about ways we can improve Hangouts, like making it easier to work with external clients or reducing the ‘time to start’ a meeting to zero. That’s why we’ve built Hangouts Meet to have a light, fast interface and smart participant management.

Hangouts

Running 30-person video conferences smoothly is easy with Meet. Simply start your meetings with a shared link — no accounts, plugins, downloads or hassles. Meet provides a place for everyone to join from Calendar, an email invite or an ad-hoc share. If you’re dialing in from a conference room, your laptop or using the dedicated mobile app, just a few clicks and you’re in.

Braintree, a PayPal service, has been using Hangouts Meet over the past three months to connect employees across board rooms, meeting rooms, breakout spaces and offices. “Based on initial use, Hangouts Meet is one of the most frictionless video conferencing systems we’ve experienced,” says Jerome Knapp, Manager of Systems Administration at Braintree. “Starting a meeting or sharing a document from the web, calendar invite or meeting room involves a single click. It’s an antidote to the VC fatigue that’s stopped my users and executives from taking full advantage of other systems.”

With Meet, native, full-screen presenting makes it easy to showcase your team’s projects. And as Meet integrates directly with G Suite, information you need about each meeting is automatically pulled from Calendar. For our G Suite Enterprise customers, each meeting comes with a dedicated dial-in phone number, so team members on the road can feel connected and productive in meetings despite wi-fi or data issues.

Hangouts Meet is one of the most frictionless video conferencing systems we’ve experienced.

Jerome Knapp

Systems Administration at Braintree

Bring your teams together on projects: introducing Hangouts Chat

Hangouts Chat is an intelligent communication app for teams that takes direct messaging in Hangouts and evolves it to reflect the way modern teams talk business.

Working on a project means bringing cross-functional teams together, discussing tasks that need to get done and sharing your work. Chat is built with exactly this in mind.

GIF

Dedicated, virtual rooms create a lasting home for each project, with threaded conversations so your team’s progress is easy to follow. Chat’s deep integration with G Suite means shared content from Drive and Docs, or photos and videos can be viewed directly in conversations. And powerful, filterable search in Chat makes it easy to find all your content dating back to the start of the project.

Chat is built not only to reflect the way teams work, but to provide a platform for the enterprise tools they work with. The Hangouts Chat platform supports a wide range of capabilities — from bots to simple scripting using Google App Script — and integrates with third-party applications so teams can do more right from within the conversation. Some companies we’re teaming up with to build out the platform include: Asana, Box, Prosperworks and Zendesk. And to make workflows even easier, Chat features @meet, an intelligent bot built on top of the Hangouts platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to automatically schedule meetings for your team with Hangouts Meet and Google Calendar.

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Hangouts Meet is generally available today and will gradually roll out to all G Suite customers over the next few weeks. G Suite customers can apply to try Hangouts Chat through the Early Adopter Program.  

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/qfj69R-3jXQ/

Introducing new, enterprise-ready tools for Google Drive

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

Google Drive has always made it easy for individuals to safely store, sync and share files. But as larger companies move to the cloud, there’s more to think about — like the risk of data breaches, bumpy migrations, and compatibility with legacy tools. Our team has been working hard to solve these complexities for the enterprise. That’s why we’re introducing powerful additions to Drive that can help your organization:

  • Create, share and work confidently as a team with Team Drives
  • Stay in control of sensitive company data with Google Vault for Drive
  • Migrate easily to the cloud with our latest acquisition, AppBridge
  • Work seamlessly with the tools you’re already using with Drive File Stream
  • Access relevant files immediately with Quick Access, powered by Google machine intelligence

Team Drives: work confidently together in the cloud

Most file storage solutions weren’t built to handle the explosion of files that are now created and shared in the cloud — because they were initially designed for individuals, not teams. With this amount of shared data, admins need more controls to keep their data safe and teams need to feel confident working together. Team Drives deliver the security, structure and ease-of-use enterprises need by making it easy to:

  • Add new team members. You can manage team members individually or with Google Groups and give them instant access to relevant Team Drives.
  • Keep track of your files if a team member leaves. Team Drives are jointly owned by the team, which means that anything added to Team Drives stays there no matter who comes or goes. Whirlpool Corporation, for example, uses Team Drives to manage file access. Says Troy McKim, Collaboration Principle at Whirlpool Corporation, “If you place files for a project in Team Drives, you don’t have to worry about losing them or moving them when files are re-owned.”
  • Understand and manage sharing permissions. Team members automatically see the same files regardless of who adds or reorganizes them. You can also manage share permissions by defining the restrictions for editing, commenting, reorganizing or deleting files.
  • Manage and view Team Drives as an admin. Admins can see Team Drives for a user and add new members if necessary: “Team Drives also ease the speed at which a team member can onboard and become effective in their new role,” says McKim.

Team Drives are generally available to all of our G Suite Business, Education, and Enterprise customers starting today. Set up Team Drives for your organization.

Team Drives

Google Vault for Drive: new, advanced admin controls for data compliance 

Managing the data lifecycle of your files (like which files you keep or delete) is complicated and timeconsuming. But ensuring compliance with your company’s data policies is essential and mistakes can lead to expensive legal costs. That’s why today we’re adding on to Google Vault for Drive, which already offers search and export capabilities.

The new Google Vault for Drive capabilities give admins the governance controls they need to manage and secure all their files, both in employee Drives as well as in Team Drives. These new features let admins set retention policies that automatically keep what they need and get rid of what they don’t. For example, you might need to place a legal hold on files that are critical to a certain legal case.

With powerful data protection tools, Google Vault for Drive ensures your admins have full control of your company data in the cloud. Google Vault for Drive is generally available to all of our G Suite Business, Education, and Enterprise customers today.

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AppBridge: moving to the cloud made easy

Migrating to the cloud can be complex. It’s not just your files that need to be moved; permissions also need to map correctly; content likely needs to be reorganized, and some data probably needs to be archived. To address that challenge, today we are announcing the acquisition of AppBridge, an enterprise-grade, G Suite migration tool that helps organizations seamlessly migrate from their on-prem, cloud-based and hybrid solutions to Google Drive.

With AppBridge, your organization can migrate files effortlessly to G Suite from your existing file servers or content management systems like SharePoint, or from many other cloud platforms you might be using. File permissions are also brought over when you migrate, which means your team’s file access remains unchanged and your data stays safe. We’re working together with AppBridge to bring them into the G Suite team. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

Drive File Stream: work without breaking your business processes

After you migrate to the cloud, you should be able to easily access all your content using your existing tools and processes. While other cloud-based solutions use traditional, time- consuming (and hard drive-consuming) syncs, Drive File Stream, now available in the Early Adopter Program (EAP) allows teams to quickly stream files directly from the cloud to their computer. This means that all of your company data can be accessed directly from your laptop, even if you don’t have much space left on your hard drive.

Drive File Stream lets you:

  • Access, search and manage files on-demand from your computer in seconds.
  • Get just the files you need and make certain files available for offline use later.
  • Access your work even quicker, as your most-used files become available in the background intelligently.
  • Avoid the risk of users downloading all of your company data to their hard drives.

Say goodbye to time-consuming file syncing and any concerns about disk space. With Drive File Stream, all your files are always ready for you and your colleagues. Sign up for the EAP of Drive File Stream today.

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Quick Access for teams: make the most of your content with machine intelligence

You’ve migrated all of your data to the cloud. Now, it’s time to make the power of the cloud work for you. Quick Access in Drive now works with Team Drives on iOS and Android devices, and is coming soon to the web. Quick Access is powered by Google’s machine intelligence, the same technology used in Gmail’s Smart Reply and Google Sheets Explore, which means that teams can save time and make smarter decisions because the right knowledge will surface to the right employees at the right time. Quick Access intelligently predicts and surfaces files based on:

  • Who specific files are frequently shared with
  • When relevant meetings occur
  • What files are used at specific times during the day
  • And many others

Benefit

Try Google Drive for your enterprise

With these powerful new enterprise additions to Drive, you have the tools your employees need to execute on big ideas while you maintain the control your organization needs to keep your data safe.  Get started on Google Drive today or contact a sales representative to learn more.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/a6sLXLyaZbw/

Bolstering security across Google Cloud

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

San Francisco — Today at Google Cloud Next ‘17, we launched the following new features for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and G Suite that are designed to help safeguard your company’s assets and prevent disruption to your business:

  • Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP) for GCP (now in beta) allows you to manage granular access to applications running on GCP based on risk, rather than the “all-or-nothing” approach of VPN access. It provides more secure application access from anywhere, with access determined by user, identity and group. IAP is easy to deploy, and can be integrated with phishing-resistant security keys.

  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) API for GCP (now in beta) lets you scan for more than 40 sensitive data types so you can identify and redact sensitive data. DLP does deep content analysis to help ensure that no matter what you want to keep safe, from credit cards to account numbers, you know where it is, and that it’s protected at the level you want. DLP API for GCP joins DLP for Gmail and Drive, allowing admins to write policies that manage sensitive data in ways that aren’t possible on any other cloud.

DLP API

  • Key Management System for GCP (now generally available) allows you to generate, use, rotate and destroy symmetric encryption keys for use in the cloud. It gives customers the ability to manage their encryption keys in a multi-tenant cloud service, without the need to maintain an on-premise key management system or hardware security module.

  • Security Key Enforcement (SKE) for GCP and G Suite (now generally available) allows you to require security keys be used as the two-step verification factor for stronger authentication whenever a user signs into G Suite or accesses a GCP resource. SKE is easy on admins, easy on users and hard on phishers.

security-click

  • Google Vault for Google Drive, Team Drives and Google Groups (now generally available), is the eDiscovery and compliance solution for G Suite. Vault allows customers to set retention policies, place legal holds, perform searches across Drive, Gmail, Hangouts and Groups and export search results to support your legal and compliance requirements

  • Titan is Google’s purpose-built chip to establish hardware root of trust for both machines and peripherals on cloud infrastructure, allowing us to more securely identify and authenticate legitimate access at the hardware level. Purpose-built hardware such as Titan is a part of Google’s layered security architecture, spanning the physical security of data centers to secure boot across hardware and software to operational security.

next-security-titan

By baking security into everything we do and offering innovative capabilities that build upon this secure foundation, we create many different layers to prevent and defend against attacks and implement enterprise security policies so that our customers can feel confident partnering with us to achieve their business goals.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/spfUMraBFWA/

Powering enterprise productivity and secure collaboration with major updates to G suite

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

The promise of the cloud has always been to offer flexibility, access and security at a scale that’s unimaginable in legacy enterprise productivity solutions. Your data and applications offer the most value when they live in a connected cloud, and when combined with Google’s machine intelligence, they offer insights that can move your business beyond productivity.

In order for Google to deliver on this cloud promise, we must not only meet enterprise companies where they are today in terms of security, compliance, and connectivity standards — but also raise the bar for what’s possible with our advanced machine intelligence capabilities. That’s why we introduced G Suite. In the past year, we’ve launched more than 300 features and updates to help customers reach their cloud potential. And today, at Google Cloud Next, we announced the next generation of our collaboration and communication tools, designed to help our customers take it to the next level:

  • A Google Drive tailor-made for the enterprise
  • An evolved Hangouts purpose-built for teams: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat
  • An Add-ons platform to integrate Gmail with the applications customers use every day
  • @meet, a machine learning-powered bot that uses natural language to schedule meetings

Introducing Team Drives and fresh features for enterprises in Drive

Since the launch of Google Drive, we’ve focused on making it simple for people to easily store, share and access their files. With more than 800 million active users on the Drive platform, we’re thrilled to see Drive delivering on this promise. These days, we’re focused on ensuring Drive addresses the unique needs of our enterprise customers, like compliance, data security and file ownership when teams change.

Today, we announced key enhancements in Drive to do just that:

  • Team Drives work the way people in enterprises do: in groups, not just as individuals. Team Drives enable teams to simply and securely manage permissions, ownership, and file access for an organization. Team Drives are generally available today for G Suite Business, Education, and Enterprise customers.
  • Drive File Stream allows employees to access tremendous amounts of cloud storage content directly from their desktops, without requiring a sync or monopolizing hard drive space. G Suite customers can apply for the Early Adopter Program (EAP) today.
  • Google Vault for Drive gains additional controls so admins can manage retention and legal hold policies. Google Vault for Drive is generally available today for G Suite Business, Education and Enterprise customers.
  • AppBridge, a partner that we’ve worked with closely for years, will be joining the G Suite team. We’re welcoming AppBridge to help our largest customers manage some of their most complex data migrations to Drive. 

Team Drives

Reimagining Hangouts and better brainstorming with Jamboard

We’re passionate about finding the best way for teams to work together and communicate, especially at large companies with workers around the world. Our customers have told us it should be effortless for them to connect over video and that chat should be more collaborative, which is why today we’re evolving Hangouts to focus on two new experiences: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.

Hangouts Meet is a new video meeting experience designed to make meetings frictionless. Up to 30 people can join a meeting within seconds — no downloads or browser plugins required, and it integrates with G Suite so you can present files natively. Anyone can join from any Android of iOS device, and a dial-in phone number for each meeting helps connect employees who are on the road without wifi/data. Meet is generally available today and will gradually roll out to all G Suite customers over the next few weeks.

Hangouts

Hangouts Chat offers teams a new way to connect with each other in virtual rooms, so they can keep work moving forward, even when they can’t meet face to face. With deep integrations with G Suite, teams can embed content right in the conversation, so they can interact and discuss items from Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar and other files. We also designed Chat to integrate with a wide set of enterprise tools, and we’re working with companies like Asana, Box and Zendesk to seamlessly integrate existing workflows into Chat. G Suite customers can apply to try Chat through the EAP.

Chat GIF

Lastly, we introduced Jamboard in the early adopter program last fall to help teams move real-time collaboration upstream in the creative process. Today, we announced that Jamboard will enter general availability this May at a price of $4999 plus a $600 annual management and support fee (discounted to $300 for your first year if you purchase by Sept. 30, 2017). Interested customers can sign up to be notified when Jamboard is available to order.

Jamboard

Integrating G Suite with services that businesses use every day

We built G Suite to be a workforce platform, not just a set of apps. Just as our apps work well together, they also need to work well with other services that employees rely on in their workflows. This is why we provide ways to integrate across our suite in Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Cloud Search. Today, we continue this effort by introducing Gmail Add-ons, a new way to integrate powerful enterprise workflows with Gmail; uniquely, our Add-ons are triggered by the context of the email.

Add-ons make it easy for developers to bring third-party applications into Gmail. Developers simply write an integration once, and it will work in the Gmail apps on Android, iOS and the web right away. Gmail users will be able to install Add-ons via the G Suite Marketplace later this year. Intuit, Salesforce and ProsperWorks are already working on Gmail Add-ons, and we encourage other interested developers to sign up today for our Developer Preview.

Intuit

Last fall, we announced efforts with Salesforce to build tighter integrations with G Suite apps, and starting today, businesses can use Edit Opportunities in Google Sheets to save time. Sales reps can simply sync a Salesforce Opportunity List View to Sheets to bulk edit data, and the changes are synced automatically to Salesforce, no upload required. This integration supports business logic and validation rules and even lets sales reps use Explore in Sheets to help answer natural language questions.

Moving beyond productivity with Google’s machine intelligence

Beyond meeting enterprise needs, we have been looking to the future by regularly adding machine intelligence innovations throughout our G Suite products. For example, Explore in Sheets lets you skip complex formulas and ask questions in a natural language, Calendar Find a Time intelligently avoids scheduling conflicts and suggests alternatives, and Quick Access in Drive (which starting today also works with Team Drives on iOS and Android devices, and is coming soon to the web) uses context to automatically surface the most relevant files you need.

And we’re using this machine intelligence to fix daily frustrations like scheduling meetings, too. Today, as a part of Hangouts Chat, we introduced @meet, an intelligent bot that automates the scheduling of meetings. With all of the variables and options, this can be a tedious task for people to perform, but it’s simple for the bot. @meet will be available for customers that sign up for the EAP of  Hangouts Chat.

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Learn more

Today marks our continued commitment to moving enterprises beyond productivity. To learn more, you can read about the announcements for Drive, Hangouts, and Gmail Add-ons. If you’re a G Suite customer, we encourage you to sign up for the Drive File Stream and Hangouts Chat EAPs.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/-rWP2OVWT5o/

Introducing new, enterprise-ready tools for Google Drive

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

Google Drive has always made it easy for individuals to safely store, sync and share files. But as larger companies move to the cloud, there’s more to think about — like the risk of data breaches, bumpy migrations, and compatibility with legacy tools. Our team has been working hard to solve these complexities for the enterprise. That’s why we’re introducing powerful additions to Drive that can help your organization:

  • Create, share and work confidently as a team with Team Drives
  • Stay in control of sensitive company data with Google Vault for Drive
  • Migrate easily to the cloud with our latest acquisition, AppBridge
  • Work seamlessly with the tools you’re already using with Drive File Stream
  • Access relevant files immediately with Quick Access, powered by Google machine intelligence

Team Drives: work confidently together in the cloud

Most file storage solutions weren’t built to handle the explosion of files that are now created and shared in the cloud — because they were initially designed for individuals, not teams. With this amount of shared data, admins need more controls to keep their data safe and teams need to feel confident working together. Team Drives deliver the security, structure and ease-of-use enterprises need by making it easy to:

  • Add new team members. You can manage team members individually or with Google Groups and give them instant access to relevant Team Drives.
  • Keep track of your files if a team member leaves. Team Drives are jointly owned by the team, which means that anything added to Team Drives stays there no matter who comes or goes. Whirlpool Corporation, for example, uses Team Drives to manage file access. Says Troy McKim, Collaboration Principle at Whirlpool Corporation, “If you place files for a project in Team Drives, you don’t have to worry about losing them or moving them when files are re-owned.”
  • Understand and manage sharing permissions. Team members automatically see the same files regardless of who adds or reorganizes them. You can also manage share permissions by defining the restrictions for editing, commenting, reorganizing or deleting files.
  • Manage and view Team Drives as an admin. Admins can see Team Drives for a user and add new members if necessary: “Team Drives also ease the speed at which a team member can onboard and become effective in their new role,” says McKim.

Team Drives are generally available to all of our G Suite Business, Education, and Enterprise customers starting today. Set up Team Drives for your organization.

Team Drives

Google Vault for Drive: new, advanced admin controls for data compliance 

Managing the data lifecycle of your files (like which files you keep or delete) is complicated and timeconsuming. But ensuring compliance with your company’s data policies is essential and mistakes can lead to expensive legal costs. That’s why today we’re adding on to Google Vault for Drive, which already offers search and export capabilities.

The new Google Vault for Drive capabilities give admins the governance controls they need to manage and secure all their files, both in employee Drives as well as in Team Drives. These new features let admins set retention policies that automatically keep what they need and get rid of what they don’t. For example, you might need to place a legal hold on files that are critical to a certain legal case.

With powerful data protection tools, Google Vault for Drive ensures your admins have full control of your company data in the cloud. Google Vault for Drive is generally available to all of our G Suite Business, Education, and Enterprise customers today.

Vault image

AppBridge: moving to the cloud made easy

Migrating to the cloud can be complex. It’s not just your files that need to be moved; permissions also need to map correctly; content likely needs to be reorganized, and some data probably needs to be archived. To address that challenge, today we are announcing the acquisition of AppBridge, an enterprise-grade, G Suite migration tool that helps organizations seamlessly migrate from their on-prem, cloud-based and hybrid solutions to Google Drive.

With AppBridge, your organization can migrate files effortlessly to G Suite from your existing file servers or content management systems like SharePoint, or from many other cloud platforms you might be using. File permissions are also brought over when you migrate, which means your team’s file access remains unchanged and your data stays safe. We’re working together with AppBridge to bring them into the G Suite team. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

Drive File Stream: work without breaking your business processes

After you migrate to the cloud, you should be able to easily access all your content using your existing tools and processes. While other cloud-based solutions use traditional, time- consuming (and hard drive-consuming) syncs, Drive File Stream, now available in the Early Adopter Program (EAP) allows teams to quickly stream files directly from the cloud to their computer. This means that all of your company data can be accessed directly from your laptop, even if you don’t have much space left on your hard drive.

Drive File Stream lets you:

  • Access, search and manage files on-demand from your computer in seconds.
  • Get just the files you need and make certain files available for offline use later.
  • Access your work even quicker, as your most-used files become available in the background intelligently.
  • Avoid the risk of users downloading all of your company data to their hard drives.

Say goodbye to time-consuming file syncing and any concerns about disk space. With Drive File Stream, all your files are always ready for you and your colleagues. Sign up for the EAP of Drive File Stream today.

Drive FS

Quick Access for teams: make the most of your content with machine intelligence

You’ve migrated all of your data to the cloud. Now, it’s time to make the power of the cloud work for you. Quick Access in Drive now works with Team Drives on iOS and Android devices, and is coming soon to the web. Quick Access is powered by Google’s machine intelligence, the same technology used in Gmail’s Smart Reply and Google Sheets Explore, which means that teams can save time and make smarter decisions because the right knowledge will surface to the right employees at the right time. Quick Access intelligently predicts and surfaces files based on:

  • Who specific files are frequently shared with
  • When relevant meetings occur
  • What files are used at specific times during the day
  • And many others

Benefit

Try Google Drive for your enterprise

With these powerful new enterprise additions to Drive, you have the tools your employees need to execute on big ideas while you maintain the control your organization needs to keep your data safe.  Get started on Google Drive today or contact a sales representative to learn more.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/gjLkDUXQuaM/

Meet the new Hangouts

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

Last year, we talked about doubling down on our enterprise focus for Hangouts and our commitment to building communication tools focused on the way teams work: from anywhere, at anytime. More than half of the workforce will contribute remotely by 2020, so businesses require purpose-built tools to help employees succeed. Our customers have told us it should be effortless for them to connect over video and that chat should be more collaborative, so we’re evolving Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help bring teams together and keep work moving forward: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.

Start your meetings with a quick click: meet Hangouts Meet

Hangouts Meet is a new video meeting experience with one goal: make joining meetings effortless so that people can be as productive as they are when they’re face-to-face. We’ve consistently heard from customers about ways we can improve Hangouts, like making it easier to work with external clients or reducing the ‘time to start’ a meeting to zero. That’s why we’ve built Hangouts Meet to have a light, fast interface and smart participant management.

Hangouts

Running 30-person video conferences smoothly is easy with Meet. Simply start your meetings with a shared link — no accounts, plugins, downloads or hassles. Meet provides a place for everyone to join from Calendar, an email invite or an ad-hoc share. If you’re dialing in from a conference room, your laptop or using the dedicated mobile app, just a few clicks and you’re in.

Braintree, a PayPal service, has been using Hangouts Meet over the past three months to connect employees across board rooms, meeting rooms, breakout spaces and offices. “Based on initial use, Hangouts Meet is one of the most frictionless video conferencing systems we’ve experienced,” says Jerome Knapp, Manager of Systems Administration at Braintree. “Starting a meeting or sharing a document from the web, calendar invite or meeting room involves a single click. It’s an antidote to the VC fatigue that’s stopped my users and executives from taking full advantage of other systems.”

With Meet, native, full-screen presenting makes it easy to showcase your team’s projects. And as Meet integrates directly with G Suite, information you need about each meeting is automatically pulled from Calendar. For our G Suite Enterprise customers, each meeting comes with a dedicated dial-in phone number, so team members on the road can feel connected and productive in meetings despite wi-fi or data issues.

Hangouts Meet is one of the most frictionless video conferencing systems we’ve experienced.

Jerome Knapp

Systems Administration at Braintree

Bring your teams together on projects: introducing Hangouts Chat

Hangouts Chat is an intelligent communication app for teams that takes direct messaging in Hangouts and evolves it to reflect the way modern teams talk business.

Working on a project means bringing cross-functional teams together, discussing tasks that need to get done and sharing your work. Chat is built with exactly this in mind.

GIF

Dedicated, virtual rooms create a lasting home for each project, with threaded conversations so your team’s progress is easy to follow. Chat’s deep integration with G Suite means shared content from Drive and Docs, or photos and videos can be viewed directly in conversations. And powerful, filterable search in Chat makes it easy to find all your content dating back to the start of the project.

Chat is built not only to reflect the way teams work, but to provide a platform for the enterprise tools they work with. The Hangouts Chat platform supports a wide range of capabilities — from bots to simple scripting using Google App Script — and integrates with third-party applications so teams can do more right from within the conversation. Some companies we’re teaming up with to build out the platform include: Asana, Box, Prosperworks and Zendesk. And to make workflows even easier, Chat features @meet, an intelligent bot built on top of the Hangouts platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to automatically schedule meetings for your team with Hangouts Meet and Google Calendar.

ahoy

Hangouts Meet is generally available today and will gradually roll out to all G Suite customers over the next few weeks. G Suite customers can apply to try Hangouts Chat through the Early Adopter Program.  

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/LgkQY888j5c/

Bolstering security across Google Cloud

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

San Francisco — Today at Google Cloud Next ‘17, we launched the following new features for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and G Suite that are designed to help safeguard your company’s assets and prevent disruption to your business:

  • Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP) for GCP (now in beta) allows you to manage granular access to applications running on GCP based on risk, rather than the “all-or-nothing” approach of VPN access. It provides more secure application access from anywhere, with access determined by user, identity and group. IAP is easy to deploy, and can be integrated with phishing-resistant security keys.

  • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) API for GCP (now in beta) lets you scan for more than 40 sensitive data types so you can identify and redact sensitive data. DLP does deep content analysis to help ensure that no matter what you want to keep safe, from credit cards to account numbers, you know where it is, and that it’s protected at the level you want. DLP API for GCP joins DLP for Gmail and Drive, allowing admins to write policies that manage sensitive data in ways that aren’t possible on any other cloud.

DLP API

  • Key Management Service for GCP (now generally available) allows you to generate, use, rotate and destroy symmetric encryption keys for use in the cloud. It gives customers the ability to manage their encryption keys in a multi-tenant cloud service, without the need to maintain an on-premise key management system or hardware security module.

  • Security Key Enforcement (SKE) for GCP and G Suite (now generally available) allows you to require security keys be used as the two-step verification factor for stronger authentication whenever a user signs into G Suite or accesses a GCP resource. SKE is easy on admins, easy on users and hard on phishers.

security-click

  • Google Vault for Google Drive, Team Drives and Google Groups (now generally available), is the eDiscovery and compliance solution for G Suite. Vault allows customers to set retention policies, place legal holds, perform searches across Drive, Gmail, Hangouts and Groups and export search results to support your legal and compliance requirements

  • Titan is Google’s purpose-built chip to establish hardware root of trust for both machines and peripherals on cloud infrastructure, allowing us to more securely identify and authenticate legitimate access at the hardware level. Purpose-built hardware such as Titan is a part of Google’s layered security architecture, spanning the physical security of data centers to secure boot across hardware and software to operational security.

next-security-titan

By baking security into everything we do and offering innovative capabilities that build upon this secure foundation, we create many different layers to prevent and defend against attacks and implement enterprise security policies so that our customers can feel confident partnering with us to achieve their business goals.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/DyjplEsAzqM/

Launching new programs to help Central European startups take flight

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

Since we opened the doors of  Campus Warsaw in 2015, we’ve worked hard to foster innovation in the startup and developer communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus, a place for entrepreneurs to grow and connect, has hosted more than 560 events and 9,000 members have joined the community–in fact, so many people have visited Campus (over 21,000!), that we’ll soon move to a larger building. Even before Campus’s launch, we’ve worked closely with developers in the region. Google Developers Ecosystem team supports hundreds of events each quarter and over 83,000 developers in the region have joined Google Developer Groups.

This week we’re taking another step forward in CEE for even more meaningful support of the growing startup community.

We’re excited to announce three new programs for entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, including Launchpad Start, Campus Warsaw’s Residency program and Launchpad Accelerator. Each program is tailored to address the biggest challenges surfacing startups from the region at various stages of growth, including finding the product market fit, expanding to new markets and customers, growing revenues, and, most importantly, scaling globally.

CEE Launchpad

Launchpad Start – for early-stage startups

Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups focused on critical startup topics: product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and presentation skills.

On 24th April, startups will start the first edition of the program at Campus Warsaw, when we will welcome 10 early-stage startups and more than 50 mentors to work with the teams. The program is both cost- and equity-free and is open for all CEE entrepreneurs.

With a goal of teaching first-time entrepreneurs techniques to quickly validate product-market-fit quickly and to build a company for scale, participating startups benefit from intensive 1:1 mentorship sessions with experts as well as group training sessions both to network and to address specific startups needs.  

Interested startups can apply here till 2nd of April.

Campus Residency – for startups in the growth stage

Campus Warsaw’s Residency program is a six month support program for growth-stage startups across Central and Eastern Europe. Participating teams have the opportunity to work from Campus Warsaw’s coworking space where they’ll benefit from both expertise and mentorship from Campus’s network of experts. In addition, Resident startups will be offered tailored education and trainings, and access to our international network of partners.  

The goal of the Residency program is to identify top challenges that startups must overcome to grow exponentially. The Campus Warsaw team will focus on helping selected startup significantly grow their revenue, number of customers, and international opportunities. The program is cost-free and equity-free for startups.

Interested startups from around Central and Eastern Europe should apply using this form until 11th of April. The first residency cohort will begin in June.

Launchpad Accelerator – for late-stage startups

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month international acceleration program organized by Google Developers for startups with a proven product-market-fit looking for their next million users. Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted now, and for the first time the program is open to entrepreneurs from Europe–and specifically in CEE, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Participating startups will attend a two-week, all-expenses paid boot-camp in San Francisco which includes mentoring from engineers and product managers across more than 20 Google teams as well as access to expert mentors from around the world. The kick-off boot-camp begins 17th July, 2017

Following this session, each team will also receive 50,000 USD in equity-free support, credits for Google products, and guidance from Google experts in their home country throughout the six month period.

Startups can apply using this form through the 24th of April.

With more than one million highly-skilled developers in the CEE region– including Poland, Ukraine, Czechia and Slovakia, which together count more ICT graduates per year than the United States– we know the talent is here, and we want to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

We hope that those programs will help startups from Central and Eastern Europe in reaching new customers from all over the world, resulting in CEE tech brands being recognized globally.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/kK-kwjz4hDE/

Launching new programs to help Central European startups take flight

Category: Google | Mar 9, 2017

Since we opened the doors of  Campus Warsaw in 2015, we’ve worked hard to foster innovation in the startup and developer communities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Campus, a place for entrepreneurs to grow and connect, has hosted more than 560 events and 9,000 members have joined the community–in fact, so many people have visited Campus (over 21,000!), that we’ll soon move to a larger building. Even before Campus’s launch, we’ve worked closely with developers in the region. Google Developers Ecosystem team supports hundreds of events each quarter and over 83,000 developers in the region have joined Google Developer Groups.

This week we’re taking another step forward in CEE for even more meaningful support of the growing startup community.

We’re excited to announce three new programs for entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern Europe, including Launchpad Start, Campus Warsaw’s Residency program and Launchpad Accelerator. Each program is tailored to address the biggest challenges surfacing startups from the region at various stages of growth, including finding the product market fit, expanding to new markets and customers, growing revenues, and, most importantly, scaling globally.

CEE Launchpad

Launchpad Start – for early-stage startups

Launchpad Start is a one-week bootcamp for early stage startups focused on critical startup topics: product strategy and business development, user experience and user interface, technology, marketing and presentation skills.

On 24th April, startups will start the first edition of the program at Campus Warsaw, when we will welcome 10 early-stage startups and more than 50 mentors to work with the teams. The program is both cost- and equity-free and is open for all CEE entrepreneurs.

With a goal of teaching first-time entrepreneurs techniques to quickly validate product-market-fit quickly and to build a company for scale, participating startups benefit from intensive 1:1 mentorship sessions with experts as well as group training sessions both to network and to address specific startups needs.  

Interested startups can apply here till 2nd of April.

Campus Residency – for startups in the growth stage

Campus Warsaw’s Residency program is a six month support program for growth-stage startups across Central and Eastern Europe. Participating teams have the opportunity to work from Campus Warsaw’s coworking space where they’ll benefit from both expertise and mentorship from Campus’s network of experts. In addition, Resident startups will be offered tailored education and trainings, and access to our international network of partners.  

The goal of the Residency program is to identify top challenges that startups must overcome to grow exponentially. The Campus Warsaw team will focus on helping selected startup significantly grow their revenue, number of customers, and international opportunities. The program is cost-free and equity-free for startups.

Interested startups from around Central and Eastern Europe should apply using this form until 11th of April. The first residency cohort will begin in June.

Launchpad Accelerator – for late-stage startups

Launchpad Accelerator is a six-month international acceleration program organized by Google Developers for startups with a proven product-market-fit looking for their next million users. Applications for the 2017 session are being accepted now, and for the first time the program is open to entrepreneurs from Europe–and specifically in CEE, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Participating startups will attend a two-week, all-expenses paid boot-camp in San Francisco which includes mentoring from engineers and product managers across more than 20 Google teams as well as access to expert mentors from around the world. The kick-off boot-camp begins 17th July, 2017

Following this session, each team will also receive 50,000 USD in equity-free support, credits for Google products, and guidance from Google experts in their home country throughout the six month period.

Startups can apply using this form through the 24th of April.

With more than one million highly-skilled developers in the CEE region– including Poland, Ukraine, Czechia and Slovakia, which together count more ICT graduates per year than the United States– we know the talent is here, and we want to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

We hope that those programs will help startups from Central and Eastern Europe in reaching new customers from all over the world, resulting in CEE tech brands being recognized globally.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/T8vUgDRt0Wo/

How businesses are smartly transforming with Google Cloud, Android, and Chrome

Category: Google | Mar 8, 2017

While businesses with a mobile strategy are commonplace today, that doesn’t mean the mobile transformation is over. Today, we’re highlighting how companies are using Google Cloud, Chrome, and Android to reimagine the way they engage customers in public spaces and also equip employees to work more productively in the office and in the field.

Smart signs cut costs and provide customer insights

We recently collaborated with Coca-Cola on Chrome-based digital signs for supermarkets that pull in localized ads from DoubleClick and are equipped with beacon technology for pushing personalized messages to mobile users. 

Coca-Cola digital signage

The company has worked closely with Google Cloud to build a new signage solution that includes affordable digital sign and menu boards for Coca-Cola sellers.

“Our mission at Coca-Cola is to elevate the consumer experience to a place of pure excellence and the ability to send the right message to the right person at the right time is key to driving that world class experience in the connected retail world,” said Greg Chambers, Global Group Director of Digital Innovation at Coca-Cola.

The displays are powered by inexpensive Chromebit devices connected to a content management system (CMS) on Google Cloud Platform. The Chromebits also provide simple, centralized management of the signs. Combined with sensors, they can offer the company detailed, actionable information through Google Analytics as well as highly contextual advertising to other screens like nearby customer smartphones.

Android plus cloud intelligence enables field workers

UK pest control company Rentokil Initial is piloting a fleet of Android devices that utilize Google Cloud machine learning, including our Vision API image classification technology, to help field workers better identify pests and get treatment suggestions. Employees use an Android app to capture images that are identified using a machine learning model that’s been trained on Rentokil’s pest imagery database. The app then provides solutions to eradicate the pests. The PestID app, jointly developed by Accenture Mobility, is among the first wave of solutions Google is helping build as part of an alliance announced last year with Accenture.

Connecting manufacturing to the back office

42Q, a product division of manufacturing services provider Sanmina, developed a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) solution that runs on Google Cloud Platform. 

42Q Android use in manufacturing

It enables Sanmina employees and 42Q’s customers to bring real-time transparency to their factory operations using Android and Chrome devices. Using 42Q with Chrome, “deskless” back office workers can access work instructions, data requirements, and quality plans without deploying heavy client applications and expensive equipment.

Factory operators can also use the 42Q Android app for a “tailored” mobile interface, ensuring they only see critical information on demand. 

When combined with G Suite, everyone from front office planners to back office operators can collaborate on current production line states, critical orders and real time reporting on factory operations.

Tomorrow’s businesses: empowered with advanced devices, collaboration and context

With a Google Cloud devices and mobility strategy, businesses are able to gather contextual data through devices and apply machine learning analytics to quickly take smart, well-informed actions. And the more employees who use managed Chromebooks and Android devices to collaborate and securely access documents in G Suite, the more efficient your whole team becomes.

Several new devices support this secure data-driven strategy. The Asus Chromebook Flip and recently-announced Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus function as both a Chromebook and an Android tablet with Google Play support. Last month, AOPEN launched the Chromebox mini and Chromebase mini, which also support Android apps and can use our new Kiosk APIs for improved app management and a robust customer experience.

To learn more about the Google Cloud devices and mobility solutions that enable a connected workspace, visit our booth at Next 2017 between March 8 and 10. There we’ll be demonstrating how a business becomes smarter when you pair Chrome and Android devices, cloud services and sensors with employees, customers and spaces. Or sign up here for additional information as we continue to evolve our range of data-driven tools to make every workspace connected no matter where it is.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/7v7tb9dX1vU/