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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000Technology makes learning possible anytime, anywhere. Learners aren’t always sitting in a classroom, and educators aren’t always lecturing at a chalkboard. That’s why last month we made Google Classroom available to users without G Suite for Education accounts. Now, using a personal Google account, teachers and learners in many different settings can teach or attend classes, manage assignments, and instantly collaborate.Starting today, users can do more than join classes—they can create them, too. Over the past few weeks, teachers and students have been piloting this new feature, and they’ve already created some great new classes for adult education, hobbies, and after school programs. Below we’ll share some of these classes with you. Teaching virtual adult education classesOn March 27th, educator Tony Vincent tweeted an invitation for a free online class teaching graphic design with Google Drawings. He quickly enrolled 75 enthusiastic educators across the U.S., Australia, Greece, and South Africa. Every week during the six-week class, Vincent would post instructional videos to Classroom. Then students would have a week to post their assignments, so they could get feedback from Vincent and other students. “I didn’t want to just publish a video tutorial and never see the end results. So when I heard that Google Classroom was open for personal accounts, I thought it would be a great place to gather a group of educators to learn, create, and share.” For Vincent, topics has been a key feature. “For a self-paced class like mine,” he says, “I really like the ability to use topics to label announcements, assignments, and questions. This feature will also be incredibly useful after the class concludes as I’ll be able to navigate the archive of posted work, questions, ideas, and inspiration.”In addition, Vincent likes how he can use Classroom to email students weekly summaries and reminders, and how he can refer students to previous posts, because every announcement, assignment, and question in Google Classroom has its own link. “I’m having a blast teaching in Google Classroom,” he says. “I’m seeing enlightening interactions and generous sharing from the educators who make up the class. I truly look forward to checking in on my class several times a day.”Running after school programsLinda Scarth, an elementary school STEM teacher, used Classroom in a Girl Scouts robotics club for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Dubbed the “Turtle Scouts,” the group meets in person once a week. Scarth was inspired to use Classroom when her group found it hard to share ideas and YouTube videos over email. “We needed a better way to share and access resources and to comment and share ideas based on them. And with Classroom, the girls are able to share videos, build ideas, and work collaboratively.” she said. “It really helps facilitate the work we are doing at our meetings and between them too!”Managing school groups Brazilian student Khin Baptista and his classmates at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) created a school club called GameDev Society UFRGS that hosts weekly discussions on topics such as design, art, and programming.Baptista found Classroom when he was looking for an online tool to manage his growing group. “We have limited space available for our group meetings, but we have many more people interested in our activities. Google Classroom allows us to enroll participants who can easily access all the same resources we use in our meetings and get in touch with us and other group members,” he says.The group is now using Classroom to inform members about upcoming lectures, share resources, and manage weekly tasks and assignments. They use the comments section of posts to help members with any questions they may have. After using Classroom for just a few weeks, Baptista says, “Its us[...]
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000When you concentrate two years worth of fundraising into seven hours, every second counts. That’s the reality for Comic Relief, one of the U.K.’s most notable charities. Held every two years, Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day encourages the public to make the world a better place in the easiest way imaginable: by having a great time. For this year’s fundraising event, Comic Relief turned to Google Cloud’s technology partner Pivotal to host its donation-processing systems. The platform also automated management of the underlying cloud infrastructure. Cloud services from Google Cloud Platform (GCP) were used to run Pivotal Cloud Foundry during Red Nose Day. In advance of the 2017 event, the charity was forecasting peaks of several hundred transactions a second for its online donation system. The stakes couldn’t have been higher.We’re happy to report that Comic Relief raised over £73 million (and counting) for its marquee event! We caught up with David Laing, director of software engineering at Pivotal, to discuss running Pivotal Cloud Foundry on GCP for the 2017 event.What kind of scale were you expecting for Red Nose Day?Comic Relief does most of its two-year fundraising cycle in a seven-hour window. The donation system needed to scale with 100% uptime and reliability. It’s your classic elastic, spin-up/spin-down use case for the public cloud.There are more than 14,000 call center reps that take donations via phone. The reps log donation details in the system. We also expected up to 100,000 concurrent web sessions, where individuals donate online. We expected nearly a million donations in all, with up to 300 donations a second.What kind of apps did you run on Pivotal Cloud Foundry?These were cloud-native applications, authored by consultancy Armakuni, in conjunction with Comic Relief. The apps used horizontally scalable, stateless microservices. Capturing donor information and processing their donation immediately is critical. This core availability requirement drove the architecture to have layers upon layers of redundancy. We hosted three independent shards of the full system in different datacenters spread over four countries and two continents, balancing traffic between them using DNS. Each shard then load balanced donations to multiple payment providers. Choosing availability over consistency and an “eventually consistent” architecture like this prepared us to continue to take donations in the event of multiple system failures. An async background process collected all the donation information to a central reporting shard.What was it like working with GCP’s services?At Pivotal, we love the performance and rapid provisioning of Compute Engine. The automated usage discounts on Google Cloud are so refreshing. You don’t need engineers to parse through consumption data to minimize your bill.The load for Comic Relief is highly variable, with major consequences if performance suffers during traffic spikes. Unlike other clouds, GCP load balancers don't require a call to technical support to pre-warm. This saves our cloud admin's time and allows us to survive unexpected load increases. It gives us peace of mind knowing that GCP load balancers are built for scale, and backed up by the largest network of any cloud provider. In our experience, Google Cloud is able to handle traffic spikes that might stress other cloud providers. We used Stackdriver Logging in our weekly capacity tests. We really liked its tight integration with BigQuery and Google Cloud Storage. Having the telemetry data stored in a massively scalable data analysis system helped us to analyze and pinpoint problematic areas ahead of time.Identity management is another area where GCP shines. Since we already use G Suite for our corporate identity management, user management to all the GCP services was effortless.How was the deployment of Pivotal Cloud Foundry on GCP? Both Pivotal and Google have invested a lot in making Cloud Foundry and GCP work well together. [...]
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:00:00 +0000Greetings from Las Vegas, where the National Association of Broadcasters is having its annual conference. At NAB, 1,700 exhibitors and more than 100,000 attendees take over the Las Vegas Convention Center, representing a dozen industries including TV, movies, radio—and now, virtual reality.And everybody here agrees. This is a big year for media.Media/entertainment and cloud technologies are coming together. This changes the economics of the business, the ways people make and distribute content and how they relate to their audience. As the NAB put it introducing this year’s show, “It’s redesigning the very nature of how we live, work and play.”Large-scale computing systems, next gen software and ubiquitous networks simplify and enable the recording, editing and transmission of content to billions of personal devices. Companies now broadcast more content than ever, in a direct relationship with each audience member. The quality of this relationship relies heavily on the seamlessness and personalization of the experience. The cost benefits and ease of use of the cloud-based model is driving change in all aspects of the business. As president of the customer team at Google Cloud, this is a familiar and exciting story. In media, our customers are seeing cost and time to market reductions of 90 percent or better, with substantial performance improvements, by taking advantage of Google Cloud. Spotify, has seen up to 35x improvement in analytic performance, allowing them to greatly improve their personalization experience. For example, on-premises, their algorithms to identify top tracks took five hours; on BigQuery in Google Cloud it takes eight minutes. Scripps Networks Interactive saw its livestream TV Everywhere video plays grow by 844 percent in 2016. They use the cloud to not only run their multiscreen video experiences on mobile and connected devices, but also deliver personalized ads targeted to each and every user.What excites me most is not simply that our customers have new ways to create, personalize or monetize their content, or that they have a new level of agility in their business, with storage and network charges below what they're paying just for the real estate where they keep their own servers.These are both important, but most exciting is the way their digital assets are, like all data-rich businesses, coming into the age of artificial intelligence, particularly through machine learning. In the case of media, machine learning allows customers to greatly scale activities that have historically been time-consuming and hard — for example, high quality translation and captioning to make content accessible to more audiences everywhere. It also enables completely new experiences — for example, companies can automatically create and deliver highlight reels of multi-hour sports matches for consumption on mobile devices, and build recommendation systems to ensure that their vast unmonetized long tail of content gets discovered by eager fans. This isn't science fiction or a long-term research project. It's here now. Those examples are just a few of the ways our customers already use machine learning.We look forward to doing much, much more, and hope you'll join us on the journey.[...]
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000
This year at Google Cloud Next, we recognized some of our partners for outstanding innovation. One of those partners, LumApps, received the “Solution Innovation of the Year” award for its corporate intranet and social platform for businesses. Deeply integrated with G Suite, LumApps houses resources like corporate news, social communities, employee directories and go-to G Suite apps—like Drive, Calendar or Gmail—all in one place. Check it out:
With LumApps, employees use single sign-on to securely access their corporate information and G Suite apps. Plus, it’s easy to search within the Google tools they use everyday because LumApps uses the power of Google Search to surface the right information when it’s needed.
“Our solution runs on Google Cloud Platform and we really appreciate the performance and scale that Google solutions offer,” says Elie Mélois, chief technology officer of LumApps. “Google's expertise in cloud service made it a clear choice for LumApps, which is why we decided to build on their reliable and powerful platform.”Companies are using LumApps and G Suite to centralize resources and connect teams throughout their organizations. To learn more about how your business can use LumApps and G Suite, sign up for this free webinar on April 27, 2017 at 1pm ET/10am PT.
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000
This month the Google Cloud team attended the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), a conference that brings together 1,200 computer science (CS) professors from around the world. We had the chance to learn from professors who are leading CS innovation at more than 500 universities worldwide. At Google, we understand the critical role professors play in enabling students to build what’s next. Last summer we launched the Google Cloud Platform Education Grants for computer science for professors in the United States. We're excited to extend this program to 30 new countries across continental Europe, the UK, Israel, Switzerland and Canada.
University professors, who teach CS or related subjects and are from qualifying countries, can apply for grants to support their courses. Through the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Education Grants program, professors and their students can access GCP to use the same infrastructure, analytics and machine learning that we use across Google to power our innovation. Whether it’s launching an app seamlessly with Google App Engine or using our Cloud Machine Learning tools, including the popular Cloud Natural Language API or Cloud Vision API, you can incorporate Google’s state-of-the-art image recognition capabilities into web apps.
Computer science professors in certain European Union countries, the UK, Israel, Switzerland and Canada can apply here for Education Grants. Others interested in GCP for Higher Education should complete this form to stay up to date with the latest from Google Cloud.
We look forward to seeing the new ways professors and students will use their GCP Education Grants. We'll share stories about cool projects on this blog and our social channels.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000
What do declining bee populations and machine learning have in common? Natural personal care brand Burt’s Bees hopes to plant 2 billion bee-nourishing wildflowers through its latest Bring Back the Bees campaign, and has enlisted the Cloud Vision API to help.
For every “selfless selfie” that bee lovers create, Burt’s Bees will plant 5,000 wildflower seeds in its home state of North Carolina, in hopes of restoring the furry pollinators’ habitat and food supply. The Burt’s Bees mobile-optimized site takes the selfie, overlays pictures of wildflowers onto it and encourages people to spread the word by sharing the image back to social media.
But before Burt’s Bees can apply the wildflower filter, Cloud Vision API first analyzes the image to make sure it's a good fit. Its image recognition capabilities detect whether the image is in fact of a single face, and whether the face is appropriately centered in the frame. It also determines where on the frame the filter can add wildflowers, so that no one’s face is covered.
When done correctly, planting wildflowers can be a simple way to help declining worldwide bee populations. Likewise, using the Cloud Vision API is a simple approach to the difficult task of machine-assisted image recognition. Cloud Vision API provides developers with a drop-dead easy way to access the state-of-the-art machine learning models that Google artificial intelligence researchers have developed over decades. Cloud Vision API can easily detect objects, people, landmarks, logos and text, and describes those attributes in a web-friendly JSON format. Burt’s Bees #SelflessSelfie is just one—albeit very sweet—example of what Cloud Vision API can do.
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000Editor’s note: Today’s blog post comes from Philippe Bonnet, G Suite Advisor and Senior Consultant at Système U, a cooperative organization of 1,500 independent supermarkets across France. Système U began as a bread cooperative founded in Western France in 1894, before its creation in 1983. The company adopted Google Chrome browser and G Suite in 2013 to save time for each cooperative team and to allow supermarket employees to work together more efficiently.Most of Système U’s 60,000 employees interact with customers throughout the work day. In Paris, they roam store aisles helping customers find the groceries they need. In Clermont l'Herault in the South, they may be unloading deliveries. Or in Mulhouse in the East, they might be designing and setting up store displays. What they have in common is that they usually don’t sit in front of a computer all day, nor are they IT experts. Any communication and collaboration tools need to fit the way they serve customers—which is why we chose Chrome browser and G Suite. Before we switched to Chrome and G Suite, employees in our 1,500 stores—from large hypermarkets in big cities to small stores in rural areas—used many different email and productivity tools and web browsers. This was also true for employees like me at our corporate headquarters in Rungis, near Paris or at our IT headquarters in Carquefou, near Nantes. Some of us used Outlook for email, some used GroupWise. Management employees couldn’t easily access their email when they traveled out of the office, so they couldn’t keep their projects operating smoothly from the road.Most employees used Internet Explorer for web access, but not necessarily the same versions. Both office and store employees use web-based applications for the retail industry. Every time a new version of IE was released, the IT team had to spend many hours making sure the apps were compatible with the updated browsers across all versions. IE’s roadmap also wasn’t very clear to our developers; we didn’t know when updates would occur, and optimizing apps to work with IE was time-consuming and expensive. In 2013, we began our move to the cloud, and specifically Gmail and Chrome. We wanted to be in the cloud where we wouldn’t have to worry about adding servers to manage email, and employees could access their messages from anywhere, whether walking through stores or commuting to work. We made Chrome our official browser company-wide, and it’s the only browser we now support, which makes our IT team’s job much easier. It’s a much more transparent and flexible browser—we can choose when and how we receive updates and security fixes, so we know what’s coming and when. We also made the decision to build the apps used by our employees so that they are compatible with Chrome, even as the browser is updated. This is another way we help both employees and IT staff save time, since users don’t need to worry if their everyday apps will work with the browser.Now that my technical colleagues and I spend less time trying to make apps function with a browser, we have more time for long-term projects, such as rolling out other G Suite products such as Google Drive, Google Slides, and G+. We just wrapped up a pilot project in nine stores with Google Drive, and employees are very enthusiastic about keeping documents in a central place where their co-workers can share them to keep projects moving along at a steady pace. Our 2017 plan is to deploy Google Drive company-wide.Système U employees work hard enough without asking them to troubleshoot email or app problems. Any collaboration and email t[...]
Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000
In the world of open-source search engines, Elasticsearch is certainly one of the most popular and powerful. The Elastic stack—Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash—offers search, log analysis and visualization for search, logging, security, metrics and analytics.
Today we’re announcing a new partnership with Elastic to bring managed support of its open source search and analytics platform to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), bringing joint customers high-performance global network and scale, increased security and privacy, data analytics and machine learning and the tools needed to build today’s modern applications.
Openness is a key pillar of our partner philosophy and a driving force across Google. Embracing partnerships and working collaboratively with best-of-breed open source technology allows us to offer our customers choice and flexibility. We want GCP to be the best place to collaborate and solve problems using open source technologies.
With managed Elastic Cloud on GCP, developers get a hosted and managed Elasticsearch and Kibana offering, the latest versions of Elastic’s software, commercial features, including increased security, alerting, monitoring, graph and reporting, and support from Elastic engineers. This service will allow customers to more easily deploy, manage and scale Elasticsearch on GCP based on their specific needs.
Elastic’s solutions power web, mobile and application search and analytics experiences for some of the world’s biggest brands, and developers have downloaded Elastic’s products more than 100 million times since 2012.
Elastic and GCP-shared customers include eBay, The New York Times, Shopify, Verizon and Quizlet. For example, Quizlet, a leading online studying tool, moved to GCP in 2015 for our technology solutions, including Google Compute Engine, Google BigQuery and Google Cloud Storage. It uses Elasticsearch to index and query more than 4 billion terms with millisecond response time to help its 20 million users find and create online education content.
In addition to our work with partners like Elastic, we continue to invest in search for the enterprise, most recently with the introduction of Google Cloud Search, which harnesses machine intelligence to help businesses search internal information across G Suite.
With the Elastic partnership in place, we’re kicking off our joint engineering work and will start rolling out managed Elasticsearch on GCP later this year.
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000Infrastructure is critical to the fabric of the internet, as well as to conducting business across the globe. For Google Cloud customers in particular, better internet means means better business operations, better user experiences and the ability to serve even more customers.Many people are coming online across Asia, including businesses that depend on the cloud. That's why it's so important to enable better internet connectivity across the region, and why Google, alongside AARNet, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra, is building a new international subsea cable system in Southeast Asia, called INDIGO. The new cable system will serve Google traffic between Australia and Asia, connecting Perth, Sydney and Singapore, with a branch to Jakarta. Alcatel Submarine Networks will construct the cable, which is expected to be completed by mid-2019. The new cable will span approximately 9,000 kilometers, and its two fiber pairs provide a design capacity of around 18 terabits per second (Tbps), with the option to expand in the future. At 18 Tbps, INDIGO provides enough capacity for people in Singapore and Sydney to join 8 million simultaneous high-definition Google Hangout video conference calls. This is just another example of Google Cloud’s remarkable network backbone—the largest of any public cloud provider. INDIGO will be built by Alcatel Submarine Networks using a cable laying ocean vessel like this one. Image © Alcatel Submarine Networks INDIGO opens up opportunities for people in the region and for Google Cloud customers. It’s the latest in our ongoing effort to improve Google’s connectivity to Asia; we’ve made seven submarine cable investments in total (this is our fifth in the region)—more than any other cloud. Providing a reliable, secure internet for Google Cloud customers is a top priority for Google; we'll continue to support efforts to improve internet infrastructure, in Asia and across the globe.[...]Google is building a new international subsea cable system in Southeast Asia, called INDIGO, which will serve Google traffic between Australia and Asia, connecting Perth, Sydney and Singapore, with a branch to Jakarta.
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000Last month we asked women across our team to share what they’re working on, and I was inspired by the range of cool projects, from building submarine cable systems to helping developers create immersive games with real location data from Google Maps. While scrolling through Twitter in the evenings, the #TodayIAm pics always made me smile. They reminded me of how many different ways women are contributing to building great customer experiences with Google Cloud technology.We asked five of these awesome women to share a bit more about advice they had received along the way, and advice they want to give. Here's what they had to say.Today, Lisa Bickford is... Lisa Bickford is a program manager at Google Cloud. She’s building submarine cable systems in South America. This new network infrastructure will help connect the next billion users to Google.Advice that’s helped Lisa: I like to reference Teddy Roosevelt's The Man in the Arena: “It’s not the critic who counts, but credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.” Gender notwithstanding, I take this quote to heart each day.Lisa’s advice: Own your knowledge, own your ability and take your seat at the table. You might be the only woman there sometimes, but not for long.Today, Annie Ma-Weaver is… Annie Ma-Weaver is a strategic technology partner manager at Google. She’s helping large companies, especially in industries like healthcare, financial services and retail, solve complex business problems using the cloud.Advice that’s helped Annie: A former colleague told me to know my stuff like an entrepreneur. It’s not enough to know one part of the business well—it’s better to understand the entire end-to-end process. This mindset helps me obtain the depth of knowledge and discipline to work cross-functionally. It also helps me advocate for our customers and ease bottlenecks.Annie’s advice: Raise your hand for projects that stretch your ability. I often fight with my imposter syndrome when I'm presented with a new technical challenge. I’ll think to myself that I'm not familiar with the technical stack or the players involved, but I always push myself to volunteer anyway.The beauty of technology is that it's always changing, so most people are learning as they go. You can pick up new technical knowledge through online learning modules and meeting with specialists both inside and outside of your company. Taking on stretch opportunities is a great way to keep your skill set fresh and help you advance your career in technology.Today, Ritcha Ranjan is… Ritcha Ranjan is a product manager at Google. She’s helping millions of people across the world save time at work by bringing machine intelligence into Docs, Sheets and Slides. Her team is democratizing Google technology for businesses—reducing 10+ steps to accomplish tasks to a single click.Advice that’s helped Ritcha: There is a big difference between a “mentor” and a “sponsor.” Sponsors are willing to take a bet on you and tie their success to yours—like offering you a stretch project or recommending you for a new role. A strong network of sponsors can play a critical part in accelerating your career.Ritcha’s advice: Always be optimistic. There are a million reasons why something can't be done. Find the way it can be done and make it happen! Also, don't be afraid to negotiate on your own behalf. You need to be [...]
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000Today, we gave a keynote presentation at the Open Networking Summit, where we shared details about Espresso, Google’s peering edge architecture—the latest offering in our Software Defined Networking (SDN) strategy. Espresso has been in production for over two years and routes 20 percent of our total traffic to the internet—and growing. It’s changing the way traffic is directed at the peering edge, delivering unprecedented scale, flexibility and efficiency.We view our network as more than just a way to connect computers to one another. Building the right network infrastructure enables new application capabilities that simply would not otherwise be possible. This is especially powerful when the capability is exposed to higher level applications running in our datacenters.For example, consider real-time voice search. Answering the question “What’s the latest news?” with Google Assistant requires a fast, low-latency connection from a user’s device to the edge of Google’s network, and from the edge of our network to one of our data centers. Once inside a data center, hundreds—or even thousands—of individual servers must consult vast amounts of data to score the mapping of an audio recording to possible phrases in one of many languages and dialects. The resulting phrase is then passed to another cluster to perform a web search, consulting a real-time index of internet content. The results are then gathered, scored and returned to the edge of Google’s network back to the end user.Answering queries in real-time involves coordinating dozens of internet routers and thousands of computers across the globe, often in the space of less than a second! Further, the system must scale to a worldwide audience that generates thousands of queries every second.Early on, we realized that the network we needed to support our services did not exist and could not be bought. Hence, over the past 10+ years, we set out to the fill in the required pieces in-house. Our fundamental design philosophy is that the network should be treated as a large-scale distributed system and leverage the same control infrastructure we developed for Google’s compute and storage systems. We defined and employed SDN principles to build Jupiter, a datacenter interconnect capable of supporting more than 100,000 servers and 1 Pb/s of total bandwidth to host our services. We also constructed B4 to connect our data centers to one another with bandwidth and latency that allowed our engineers to access and replicate data in real-time between individual campuses. We then deployed Andromeda, a Network Function Virtualization stack that delivers the same capabilities available to Google-native applications all the way to containers and virtual machines running on Google Cloud Platform. Introducing EspressoEspresso is the fourth, and in some ways the most challenging, pillar of our SDN strategy, extending our approach all the way to the peering edge of our network, where Google connects to other networks across the planet.Google has one of the largest peering surfaces in the world, exchanging data with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at 70 metros and generating more than 25 percent of all Internet traffic. However, we found that existing Internet protocols cannot use all of the connectivity options offered by our ISP partners, and therefore aren’t able to deliver the best availability and user experience to our end users.Espresso delivers two key pieces of innovation. First, it allows us to dynamical[...]
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Whether you’re jumping from meeting to meeting or on your way to meet a customer—your calendar needs to work for you...anywhere, anytime.
That’s why today, we’re bringing Google Calendar to the iPad.
With the new app, you’ll get all the Calendar features you know and love, now optimized for iPad. Use Calendar’s machine intelligence-powered features to:
Plus, you can search your Calendar easily from the iPad home screen with Spotlight Search.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000In our first G Suite Hacks article, we shared tips from the Transformation Gallery to help employees automate everyday workflows and save time. Today, we’re focusing on corporate training tips that will help your employees stay engaged so they can do their best work.According to last year's Global Human Capital Trends report by Deloitte, employees at all levels expect their employers to provide consistent opportunities to learn and develop new skills, and 30% of executives see learning as a primary driver of employee development. But training employees has its own set of challenges, like scaling programs and trainers, ensuring easy access to training materials, accommodating learning styles and tracking progress.Here are a few ways you can improve your corporate training with G Suite:1. Scale your training program with an online hubCreate one place where employees can access training material any time. Start by uploading or creating your training files in Team Drives, a central place within Drive for teams to house files. Organize these files into shared folders by topic or course level. Next, set up a Site to display all of the content from Drive and add relevant pages, like training videos, slides, guidelines or handbooks. Share your new hub with employees so that they can easily access training materials, even on mobile. And anytime you need to update training materials, just go into Drive and update the files there. Sites will automatically reflect changes. 2. Provide live training options, tooIt’s also important to provide face-to-face training for your employees. You can create a live training option with Hangouts Meet so that employees can join training sessions from a conference room, their favorite coffee shop, or another remote location. Simply set up Calendar invites for training events and send them to your employees (It’s a good idea to post these events to your new training Site so that anyone who missed the invite can join.). Then, track employee attendance with Forms. 3. Quiz employees on their knowledgeOnce your employees have completed their training course, you’ll want to track their learning progress. You can do this easily by setting up quizzes in Forms and assigning point values for each question. Let your employees see which questions they missed and explain why so that they can continue to master concepts. And to improve your training course, ask for real-time feedback within the Form. Quiz data is tracked in Sheets so you can keep a pulse on who’s completed training courses and who might need some additional help. With these quick tips, you can help your employees to do their best work. Check out this G Suite Show episode to learn more, and let the training begin! [...]
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Security is critical for every single one of our 1.4 billion Android users — from consumers to enterprise users in highly regulated industries. That’s why, in addition to all the work we do to make Android devices secure out of the box, we also provide additional features for enterprises that want to control their own security protocols.
Today, we released the third annual Android Security Year in Review, which details the measures taken to protect Android users and their data over the last year, as well as the results of those efforts.
In 2016, we released many enterprise capabilities to strengthen Android security, such as “always-on” VPN, security policy transparency, process logging, improved WiFi certification handling and client certification improvements. Android’s security and management features are simple to use for businesses of any size, with powerful tools for admins.
Overall, we improved our abilities to stop dangerous apps, built new security features into Android 7.0 Nougat and collaborated with device manufacturers, researchers and other members of the Android ecosystem.
The results have been tangible. We saw dramatic decreases in Potentially Harmful Apps (PHAs) that may put users’ data or devices at risk, worked with partners to improve security device update rates and grew our Android Security Rewards program.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000
As a business leader, whether you’re keeping books up-to-date, sharing data with investors, or connecting with advisors in real-time, combining cloud-based technologies like G Suite and Xero can help you collaborate quickly and securely to keep company financials on target.
Gimme Vending is a great example of a company that’s taking advantage of real-time collaboration. The company specializes in hardware that retrofits dated vending machines to communicate wirelessly with a mobile app. It partners with Acuity Accounting to drive growth. Together, the two use G Suite and Xero to manage Gimme Vending’s financials in the cloud.
Xero’s deep integrations with G Suite lets you connect directly to Gmail to manage invoices and quotes. And with Xero’s “Smart Lists,” you can filter contacts based on purchase history and location for targeted emails and sales campaigns, or check in on overdue items. You can also more securely export financial reports straight to Sheets and Docs to collaborate and analyze in real-time.
With these integrations Gimme Vending and Acuity Accounting can:
Now, Gimme Vending can more securely manage their books and speed up investor reporting. “Thanks to Google Docs, we’ve been able to provide confidential data and financial reports to investors almost immediately, and manage who has access just as quickly,” says Cory Hewett, CEO of Gimme Vending.
To learn more about how your business can use Xero and G Suite to track and improve your bottom line, sign up for this free webinar on March 29, 2017 at 1pm ET / 10am PT.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Last week at Google Cloud Next ‘17, we recognized 12 partners for their strong customer success and solution innovation over the past year. These partners—our 2016 Global Partner Award winners—exemplify the dedication, expertise and innovation that our customers count on. Recognizing solution innovationFive technology partners were recognized for their technology expertise and commitment to delivering valuable products and solutions for customers. Our 2016 Global Partner Award winners for Solution Innovation are: LumAppsSlackLookerPalo Alto NetworksVirtru LumApps team celebrating their Solution Innovation Award presented by Nan Boden, Head of Global Technology Partners for Google Cloud Recognizing customer successSales and services partners nurture and support customer transformation and innovation. We recognized four sales and services partners that demonstrate outstanding sales, marketing and technical expertise to help businesses of all sizes transform with Google Cloud. Our 2016 Global Partner Awards winners for Customer Success are: G Suite Customer Success: SoftBankGCP Customer Success: DoITMaps Customer Success: Snowdrop SolutionsEducation Customer Success: CDW CorporationOn the devices side, we recognized SYNNEX Corporation for its built services, technologies and support to augment and enhance the Google device ecosystem.In addition to our global winners, we also recognized partners by region: Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA): Wix, Reply, Ubilabs, g-company, CloudwiseAmericas: Onix, Xertica Labs, SADA Systems, Agosto, Promevo, Amplified IT, MaplinkAsia Pacific (APAC): KDDI, Searce, Mitac, Cloud Ace, Onigroup, SYNNEX Infotec, Learning with Technologies (LWT)2016 partners of the yearThe Global Partner of the Year award recognizes organizations that are deeply committed to delivering value to Google Cloud customers, working with our teams at every level to push the boundaries of what we deliver to our joint customers.Global Technology Partner of the Year: PivotalGlobal Sales and Services Partner of the Year: Accenture Bertrand Yansouni, VP of Global Partner Sales and Strategic Alliances for Google Cloud presenting Global Sales and Services Partner of the Year Award to Lisa Noon, Global Managing Director at Accenture. Thank you to the Google Cloud ecosystemThese partners are a representation of the many partners doing incredible work across the Google Cloud ecosystem. Thank you to every partner helping our customers innovate faster, scale smarter and stay secure—and congratulations to the 2016 Google Cloud partner award winners. Award recipients received a baseball bat customized with their award designation at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Nan Boden, Head of Global T[...]
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:15:00 +0000Last May, we announced the Data Center Mural Project, a partnership with artists to bring a bit of the magic from the inside of our data centers to the outside. Two artists in Oklahoma and Belgium created murals that celebrate both the work that happens inside the buildings and the communities where the data centers reside.Today, we’re excited to unveil our next two data center murals.In Council Bluffs, Iowa, painter Gary Kelley’s mural shows how Council Bluffs has served as a hub of information for centuries. Ideas have always flowed through the region, from Lewis and Clark to the Transcontinental Railroad, and now the data center in Council Bluffs is helping bring the internet to people all over the world. In Dublin, Ireland, illustrator Fuchsia MacAree was inspired by how Ireland’s unique climate and fresh air, rather than mechanical cooling, regulates the temperature of Google’s data center. She’s created a series of whimsical murals depicting a windy day in Dublin, including scenes from local landmarks like Grand Canal Square, Phoenix Park and Moore Street Market.Check out photos and videos of all the data center murals at g.co/datacentermurals. The panels of the mural in Council Bluffs chronicle its people and history. From right to left: Lewis and Clark in their first council with the native people of the region, a telegrapher and the first transcontinental telegraph, a member of the Otoe tribe, a surveyor for the transcontinental railroad, and Googlers working at the data center. The largest of the murals created for the Dublin data center is placed on one of the louvered walls that allow fresh Irish air to pass freely into the building and efficiently cool the servers inside. On this wall, Fuchsia illustrates Phoenix Park in Dublin. You can see the park’s free roaming deer and Tea Rooms. [...]As part of The Data Center Mural Project, two artists transformed the exteriors of Google data centers in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Dublin, Ireland.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000When you picture a “typical” classroom, what do you see? A chalkboard, desks in neat rows, and kids with backpacks? In today’s world, we know that learning can happen almost anywhere, both in and outside of school. A kitchen table might be the go-to desk for a homeschooled student, a community center might host an after-school program for coding, and a nonprofit organization might hold a workshop for adults on resume writing and job skills.We see value in bringing technology to people who want to learn, no matter the setting. That’s why we’re opening up Google Classroom to users without G Suite for Education accounts. Now, teachers and students in many different environments can teach or attend classes, manage assignments and instantly collaborate—all with their personal Google accounts. Starting today, these new Classroom users will be able to join existing classes and over the coming weeks, they’ll have the ability to create their own classes as well. Schools interested in using Google Classroom should still sign up for G Suite for Education. Starting today, G Suite for Education administrators will see updated Classroom settings that give them new controls over who can join their classes from personal Google accounts or from other G Suite for Education domains. This update gives schools more flexibility in how they collaborate with other organizations and students: For example, student teachers or visiting students can now easily integrate into their host school or university’s Classroom set-up.Over the past few months, we’ve worked with a number of organizations to understand how a more open Classroom can meet their needs. Youth For Understanding (YFU) is an organization that hosts virtual exchange programs for students who could not otherwise study abroad. YFU piloted Classroom during a 15-week virtual exchange among students from 5 countries, with 700 students and 24 facilitators.YFU found Classroom valuable because it worked across devices and needed nothing more than an Internet connection. Using Classroom, YFU reported that “the ‘technological intimidation factor’ was no longer the primary challenge in running virtual exchanges.” Instead, the organization can put their focus where it belongs—on the program’s intercultural content.We believe that Classroom can make technology work effectively in any learning relationship between an instructor and student, no matter what shape that takes. We’re excited to see new educators and learners join the Classroom community, and are looking forward to seeing how they’ll use it to meet their needs. Whether you’re a homeschooling parent or an instructor at a tutoring center, we’d love to hear your stories about how Classroom helps foster teaching and learning as you try it with your students. You can also continue to share feedback with us directly in Classroom. And if you have further questions, check out our FAQ to learn more about these changes.[...]Today, we will begin opening up Google Classroom to users without a G Suite for Education account. From homeschools to tutoring centers to adult education, teachers and learners in many different environments will soon be able to use Classroom.
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0000San Francisco — What a week! Google Cloud Next ‘17 has come to the end, but really, it’s just the beginning. We welcomed 10,000+ attendees including customers, partners, developers, IT leaders, engineers, press, analysts, cloud enthusiasts (and skeptics). Together we engaged in 3 days of keynotes, 200+ sessions, and 4 invitation-only summits. Hard to believe this was our first show as all of Google Cloud with GCP, G Suite, Chrome, Maps and Education. Thank you to all who were here with us in San Francisco this week, and we hope to see you next year.If you’re a fan of video highlights, we’ve got you covered. Check out our Day 1 keynote (in less than 4 minutes) and Day 2 keynote (in under 5!).One of the common refrains from customers and partners throughout the conference was “Wow, you’ve been busy. I can’t believe how many announcements you’ve had at Next!” So we decided to count all the announcements from across Google Cloud and in fact we had 100 (!) announcements this week.For the list lovers amongst you, we’ve compiled a handy-dandy run-down of our announcements from the past few days: Google Cloud is excited to welcome two new acquisitions to the Google Cloud family this week, Kaggle and AppBridge.1. Kaggle - Kaggle is one of the world's largest communities of data scientists and machine learning enthusiasts. Kaggle and Google Cloud will continue to support machine learning training and deployment services in addition to offering the community the ability to store and query large datasets.2. AppBridge - Google Cloud acquired Vancouver-based AppBridge this week, which helps you migrate data from on-prem file servers into G Suite and Google Drive. Google Cloud brings a suite of new security features to Google Cloud Platform and G Suite designed to help safeguard your company’s assets and prevent disruption to your business: 3. Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP) for Google Cloud Platform (Beta) - Identity-Aware Proxy lets you provide access to applications based on risk, rather than using a VPN. It provides secure application access from anywhere, restricts access by user, identity and group, deploys with integrated phishing resistant Security Key and is easier to setup than end-user VPN. 4. Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Google Cloud Platform (Beta) - Data Loss Prevention API lets you scan data for 40+ sensitive data types, and is used as part of DLP in Gmail and Drive. You can find and redact sensitive data stored in GCP, invigorate old applications with new sensitive data sensing “smarts” and use predefined detectors as well as customize your own.5. Key Management Service (KMS) for Google Cloud Platform (GA) - Key Management Service allows you to generate, use, rotate, and destroy symmetric encryption keys for use in the cloud.6. Security Key Enforcement (SKE) for Google Cloud Platform (GA) - Security Key Enforcement allows you to require security keys be used as the 2-Step verification factor for enhanced anti-phishing security whenever a GCP application is accessed.7. Vault for Google Drive (GA) - Google Vault is the eDiscovery and archiving solution for G Suite. Vault enables admins to easily manage their G Suite data lifecycle and search, preview and export the G Suite data in their domain. Vault for Drive enables fu[...]
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Startups are eager to use machine learning to build new products and services for their customers. As Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist for Google Cloud Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, said this week, we want to do everything we can to make sure this technology is broadly available, powerful and simple to use for everyone.
The competition brings together promising early-stage startups using machine learning for an opportunity to receive up to $1M in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits and the potential to receive up to $1M of equity investment from our partners, Data Collective and Emergence Capital.
Startups invited to participate in our final pitch-off event will also have an opportunity to meet and receive feedback from our supporting partners, a16z, Greylock Partners, GV, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.
In keeping with Google’s spirit of openness, teams don’t need to use GCP to be eligible for the competition. U.S.-based startups working in any sector — from health to financial services and from retail to mobile apps — are encouraged to apply.
Entries are due April 16, 2017. You can find all the details on eligibility, timeline and prizes on our competition website. Applications are open now! We look forward to learning more about your company!