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As G Suite gains traction in the enterprise, G Suite’s Gmail and consumer Gmail to more closely alignAs G Suite gains traction in the enterprise, G Suite’s Gmail and consumer Gmail to more closely alignSVP, Google Cloud

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Google’s G Suite business is gaining enormous traction among enterprise users. G Suite usage has more than doubled in the past year among large business customers. Today, there are more than 3 million paying companies that use G Suite.   

G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change. This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalize ads for other Google products. Ads shown are based on users’ settings. Users can change those settings at any time, including disabling ads personalization. G Suite will continue to be ad free.

The value of Gmail is tremendous, both for G Suite users and for users of our free consumer Gmail service. Gmail is the world’s preeminent email provider with more than 1.2 billion users. No other email service protects its users from spam, hacking, and phishing as successfully as Gmail. By indicating possible email responses, Gmail features like Smart Reply make emailing easier, faster and more efficient. Gmail add-ons will enable features like payments and invoicing directly within Gmail, further revolutionizing what can be accomplished in email.

G Suite customers and free consumer Gmail users can remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount as we continue to innovate. As ever, users can control the information they share with Google at myaccount.google.com.

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The SAP-Google data custodian partnershipThe SAP-Google data custodian partnershipCloud Security Engineering Director

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

In March of this year, SAP and Google partnered to advance innovation, agility and global reach for enterprises adopting the public cloud. As part of our collaborative development and solutions integration, we are working on a data custodian model that allows customers with specific needs to manage sensitive data on a public cloud platform.

To fully benefit from cloud computing, enterprises need to store and process their sensitive data on public cloud platforms, while complying with regulations and managing unauthorized access risks. Enterprises often need to address these requirements as part of a broader governance, risk and compliance solution for the public cloud. 

The data custodian model

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) already offers robust security capabilities and extensive compliance with public cloud security and privacy standards. To further increase customer trust, the data custodian model allows SAP, a trusted enterprise solution provider, to act as the custodian of the customer’s data on GCP. This provides greater transparency and separation of controls.

With the data custodian model, we envision enterprises defining a set of controls about how they want to handle their data on GCP, then relying on SAP, as the data custodian, to continuously monitor compliance to these controls and manage exceptions as needed. A current focus is on data access transparency for GCP services that store or process customer data. In the coming months, SAP and Google will continue to work together to enable custodian oversight and control over handling customer data on GCP. 

What are the benefits for customers?

Enterprises can benefit from the data custodian model in several ways. They can leverage SAP’s deep knowledge of GCP’s security approach, controls and workflows instead of building that expertise in-house. With SAP as a data custodian, customers have additional confidence that their data is accessed and stored in compliance with their defined data sovereignty, privacy and protection policies.

In addition, with this partnership, SAP and Google are extending and integrating their product portfolios, including GCP and G Suite to provide even greater value to customers. Look to SAP and Google to continue to collaborate on solutions like the data custodian model to enable the next generation of digital services.

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How The New York Times used the Google Sheets API to report congressional votes in real timeHow The New York Times used the Google Sheets API to report congressional votes in real timeG Suite Blog Editor

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

There’s a common phrase among reporters: “The news never sleeps.” This is why many news outlets rely on cloud-based productivity tools like Google Docs and Sheets to share information, check facts and collaborate in real time. And The New York Times is no exception.In May 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a new health care law affecting millions of Americans. To report the news as fast as possible, The Times’ editorial team used Sheets to tally and display House votes in real time on NYTimes.com.Engaging voters with the Sheets API “People want to feel connected to the decisions their legislators make as soon as they make them,” said Tom Giratikanon,  a graphics editor at The Times. But rules in the House chamber make reporting on how every representative votes in real time difficult. Photography is restricted on the assembly floor, and there is a delay until all votes are displayed on the House website—a process that can sometimes take up to an hour.To get around this lag, Giratikanon’s team used the Google Sheets API. The editorial team dispatched reporters to the chamber where they entered votes into a Google Sheet as they were shown on the vote boards. The sheet then auto-populated NYTimes.com using the Sheets API integration.Says Giratikanon: “It’s easy to feel like decisions are veiled in the political process. Technology is a powerful way to bridge that gap. Sharing news immediately empowers our readers.” It’s easy to feel like decisions are veiled in the political process. Technology is a powerful way to bridge that gap. Tom Giratikanon Graphics Editor, The New York Times How it workedTo prep, Giratikanon tested the Sheets integration ahead of the House vote. He created a sheet listing the names of legislators in advance, so his team could avoid typos when entering data on the day of the vote. Next, he set up the Sheet to include qualifiers. A simple “Y” or “N” indicated “yes” and “no” votes.After a few practice rounds, Giratikanon’s team realized they could add even more qualifiers to better inform readers–like flagging outlier votes and reporting on votes by party (i.e., Democrats vs. Republicans). The editorial team researched how each of the 431 legislators were expected to vote in advance. They created a rule in Sheets to automatically highlight surprises. If a legislator went against the grain, the sheet highlighted the cell in yellow and the editorial team fact-checked the original vote to reflect this in the article. Giratikanon also set up a rule to note votes by party.As a result, The Times, which has roughly 2 million digital-only subscribers, beat the House website, reporting the new healthcare bill results and informing readers who were eager to follow how their legislator voted.  Try G Suite APIs today You can use Sheets and other G Suite products to help speed up real-time reporting, no matter the industry. Get started using the Sheets API today or check out other G Suite APIs, like the Slides API, Gmail API or Calendar API.[...]


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How to use BeyondCorp to ditch your VPN, improve security and go to the cloudHow to use BeyondCorp to ditch your VPN, improve security and go to the cloudTechnical Director

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The BeyondCorp security engineering team at Google just announced their fourth research paper: Migrating to BeyondCorp: Maintaining Productivity While Improving Security.For those that aren’t familiar with it, BeyondCorp is a security approach used by Google that allows employees to work from anywhere, quickly and easily.This is easier said than done. In 2010, we undertook a massive project to rethink how to provide employees with secure remote access to applications: We moved away from our corporate VPN, and introduced BeyondCorp, a zero-trust network security model. With BeyondCorp, we no longer have a binary access model, where you are either inside the whole corporate network, with all the access that allows, or outside and completely locked out of applications. Our new approach provides a better, more convenient, and less risky way: access to individual services as you need them, based on who you are and what machine you're using.While BeyondCorp makes applications easily accessible from anywhere, it also improves security in other ways. Over the course of the migration we’ve discovered services that we thought were long dead, because this change required taking a detailed look at our traffic, our dependencies and our employee usage patterns. It’s also allowed us to scale globally while reducing our attack surface, and increased our ability to provide access when appropriate. This March, we began offering elements of BeyondCorp to other organizations, in the form of Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP). Already, Cloud IAP has helped Google Cloud customers put fine-grained access controls on their critical internal services and applications based on region, time, role or group. More importantly, Cloud IAP removes obstacles to getting work done. Authorized employees get in, wherever they are, and do their job, or Cloud IAP blocks them, because they aren’t supposed to have access. BeyondCorp: a work in progressAt Google, we’ve been on our BeyondCorp journey for several years, gradually shifting more of our traffic and services away from a segmented, privileged corporate network and onto the public internet and cloud. You may be wondering how to move to a similar model. What do you need to do? What's the potential impact on your company and your employees?  The latest installment of our research paper describes how we kept people productive at Google while shifting our security model. It covers:The process of migrating individuals to our non-privileged networkHow we supported the effort through our TechStop infrastructure (local and remote service desks)How to handle edge casesDiagnostic tools to troubleshoot access denialsThe importance of self-service documentationWhy to run a publicity campaign about the project. In the end, we moved to this new system successfully by breaking up the work into discrete chunks, parallelizing as much as possible, and focusing on the end-user experience. To learn more about the BeyondCorp approach and determine whether it’s the right fit for your business, read all four public research papers:BeyondCorp: A New Approach to Enterprise Security BeyondCorp: Design to Deployment at GoogleBeyond Corp: The Access Proxy Migrating to BeyondCorp: Maintaining Productivity While Improving SecurityAnd to discuss whether BeyondCorp and Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy are right for your business, give us a shout—we’d love to hear from you.[...]The BeyondCorp security engineering team at Google just announced their fourth research paper.


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Track projects with G Suite and AsanaTrack projects with G Suite and AsanaPartner Marketing Manager, Google Cloud

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:00:00 +0000

Technology has transformed the way businesses operate—your teams likely do not look like they did 10 years ago. Now, companies rely on a mobile workforce and require productivity tools to help them collaborate no matter the location, and more importantly, without holding up work.

Businesses are using Asana  and G Suite to collaborate and manage projects from start to finish. Asana is a project management tool that helps teams plan, manage and track work, and is a part of the Recommended for G Suite program. With these two tools, your organization can:

  • Create tasks in Asana directly from Gmail
  • Add files directly from Google Drive to tasks in Asana
  • Keep track of deadlines by syncing your tasks in Asana with Google Calendar
  • Build custom reports in Google Sheets to analyze project data in Asana

How OutSystems uses G Suite and Asana to drive marketing launches

OutSystems is a low-code application platform that uses Asana and G Suite to manage digital marketing and advertising projects to reach its more than 7 million users. With 30 marketers across the globe, it’s important that OutSystems uses tools to streamline reviews and track project status. 

With more than 90,000 apps built on their platform, OutSystems relies on Asana to prioritize projects and create templates for marketing launches. G Suite apps are built in, which means OutSystems employees can access their favorite productivity tools, like Google Drive, Docs and Sheets, in one place. 

Teams use Drive to attach files to tasks in Asana, Docs to edit web content, and Sheets to analyze project data. OutSystems marketers also work with external freelancers, and G Suite’s permission sharing settings make it easy to protect proprietary information.

You can get started using Asana and G Suite at your business. Sign up for this free webinar on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET.

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How Google Cloud is transforming Japanese businessesHow Google Cloud is transforming Japanese businessesManaging Director

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:00:00 +0000

This week, we welcomed 13,000 executives, developers, IT managers and partners to our largest Asia-Pacific Cloud event, Google Cloud Next Tokyo. During this event, we celebrated the many ways that Japanese companies such as Kewpie, Sony (and even cucumber farmers) have transformed and scaled their businesses using Google Cloud. Since the launch of the Google Cloud Tokyo region last November, roughly 40 percent of Google Compute Engine core hour usage in Tokyo is from customers new to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The number of new customers using Compute Engine has increased by an average of 21 percent monthly over the last three months, and the total number of paid customers in Japan has increased by 70 percent over the last year.By supplying compliance statements and documents for FISC — an important Japanese compliance standard — for both GCP and G Suite, we’re making it easier to do business with Google Cloud in Japan.Here are a few of the exciting announcements that came out of Next Tokyo:Retailers embracing enterprise innovation  One of the biggest retailers in Japan, FamilyMart, will work with Google’s Professional Services Organization to transform the way it works, reform its store operations, and build a retail model for the next generation. FamilyMart is using G Suite to facilitate a collaborative culture and transform its business to embrace an ever-changing landscape. Furthermore, it plans to use big data analysis and machine learning to develop new ways of managing store operations. The project, — dubbed “Famima 10x” — kicks off by introducing G Suite to facilitate a more flexible work style and encourage a more collaborative, innovative culture. Modernizing food production with cloud computing, data analytics and machine learningKewpie, a major food manufacturer in Japan famous for their mayonnaise, takes high standards of food production seriously. For its baby food, it used to depend on human eyes to evaluate 4 - 5 tons of food materials daily, per factory, to root out bad potato cubes — a labor-intensive task that required intense focus on the production line. But over the course of six months, Kewpie has tested Cloud Machine Learning Engine and TensorFlow to help identify the bad cubes. The results of the tests were so successful that Kewpie adopted the technology.Empowering employees to conduct effective data analysisSony Network Communications Inc. is a division of Sony Group that develops and operates cloud services and applications for Sony group companies. It converted from Hive/Hadoop to BigQuery and established a data analysis platform based on BigQuery, called Private Data Management Platform. This not only reduces data preparation and maintenance costs, but also allows a wide range of employees — from data scientists to those who are only familiar with SQL — to conduct effective data analysis, which in turn made its data-driven business more productive than before.Collaborating with partnersDuring Next Tokyo, we announced five new Japanese partners that will help Google Cloud better serve customers.NTT Communications Corporation is a respected Japanese cloud solution provider and new Google Cloud partner that helps enterprises worldwide optimize their information and communications technology environments. GCP will connect with NTT Communications’ Enterprise Cloud, and NTT Communications plans to develop new services utilizing Google Cloud’s big data analysis and machine intelligence solutions. NTT Communications will use both G Suite and GCP to run its own business and will use its experiences to help both Japanese and international enterprises.KDDI is already a key partner for G Suite and Chrome devices and will offer GCP to the Japanese market this summer, in addition to an expanded networking partnership.Softbank has been a G Suite partner since 2011 and will expand the collaboration with Google Cloud to include solutions utili[...]


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Four signs you’re wasting time at work and how G Suite can helpFour signs you’re wasting time at work and how G Suite can help 2015 Grand Prize winner

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

We all waste time at work, whether it’s on purpose (brushing up on Wonder Woman's history) or on accident (really should have budgeted more time for internal reviews). Luckily, G Suite can help you accomplish more at work, quicker. Here are four tell-tale signs you’re spending time on the wrong things, and tips on how to avoid these time-sinks. 1. You’ve spent more time emailing co-workers than you have actually working The average worker spends an estimated 13 hours per week writing emails—nearly two full work days. Luckily, you can cut back on time spent replying to emails with Smart Reply in Gmail. Smart Reply uses machine learning to generate quick, natural language responses for you.2. You’ve spent the past hour formatting slides for a presentationIs an image centered? Should you use “Times New Roman” or “Calibri?” Formatting presentations monopolizes too much of our time and takes away from what’s really valuable: sharing insights.But you can save time polishing your presentations by using Explore in Slides, powered by machine learning. Explore generates design suggestions for your presentation so you don’t have to worry about cropping, resizing or reformatting. You can also use Explore in Docs, which makes it easy to research right within your documents. Explore will recommend related topics to help you learn more or even suggest photos or more content you can add to your document. Check out how to use Explore in Slides and Docs in this episode of the G Suite Show: Explore feature for Docs and Slides | The G Suite Show 3. You can’t find a file you know you saved in your driveWhere is that pesky file? According to a McKinsey report, employees spend almost two hours every day searching and gathering information. That’s a lot of time.Curb time wasted with Quick Access in Drive, which uses machine intelligence to predict and suggest files you need when you need them. Natural Language Processing (NLP) also makes it possible for you to search the way you speak. Say you’re trying to find an important file from 2016. Simply search “spreadsheets I created in 2016” and voilà! Another way to avoid losing files is by using Team Drives, a central location in Drive that houses shared files. In Team Drives, all team members can access files (or manage individual share permissions), so you don’t have to worry about tracking down a file after someone leaves or granting access to every doc that you create. 4. You’ve fussed with a spreadsheet formula over and over againAccording to internal Google data, less than 30 percent of enterprise users feel comfortable manipulating formulas within spreadsheets. “=SUM(A1, B1)" or "=SUM(1, 2)" is easy, but more sophisticated calculations can be challenging.Bypass remembering formulas and time-consuming analysis and dive straight into finding insights with Explore in Sheets, which uses machine learning to crunch numbers for you. Type in questions (in words, not formulas) in Explore in Sheets on the web to learn more about your data instantly. And now, you can use the same powerful technology to create charts for you within Sheets. Instead of manually building graphs, ask Explore to do it for you by typing the request in words. Stop wasting time on menial tasks and focus more on important, strategic work. To learn more about other G Suite apps that can help you save time, visit https://gsuite.google.com/. [...]


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English county council saves millions switching to G Suite and ChromebooksEnglish county council saves millions switching to G Suite and ChromebooksRegional Manager for UK Public Sector

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

A day in the life of an employee at Northumberland County Council in northern England involves everything from running schools, repairing roads or literally putting out fires. It’s work that never stops and that stretches across a rural area the size of Greater London with 330,000 citizens and three million sheep.Two years ago, the Northumberland IT team started to notice strain in their service infrastructure which connects 380 locations across the region, and recent budget cuts made that system feel increasingly unworkable."We had a very big legacy setup that was costing us a fortune in licensing and devices,” says Neil Arnold, Chief Information Officer at Northumberland County Council. “We decided to bring people together in a central hub to make teams more agile."Creating G Suite championsAfter evaluation, Arnold and his team chose G Suite for its functionality and flexibility. The team relied on Netpremacy, a Google Cloud partner, to train 300 staff members to educate colleagues on how to use G Suite. Within months, 5,500 corporate users and 11,500 schools users had been set up with G Suite accounts. “Without the support of Netpremacy, we wouldn't have been able to implement as rapidly as we did,” says Arnold. “They recognised the cultural challenges. There was skepticism at first, but users really took the tools to heart when they could see the benefits.”From different locations across the region, staff began working collaboratively on Docs and Sheets and inviting others to join. The team saved money by switching to Chromebooks and Arnold and his colleagues started using Hangouts to join meetings to stay synced on daily work.Even firefighters, who were reluctant to try out Hangouts at first, started using it regularly. “Firefighters now use Hangouts at the scene of fires to communicate with central command, monitor the fire, and decide how many vehicles they need,” says Arnold. “The chief fire officer doesn't have to get in his car and drive out to the scene to help — he can do it all from wherever he is.” Firefighters use Hangouts at the scene of fires to communicate to central command, so the chief fire officer doesn't have to drive to the scene. Neil Arnold CIO, Northumberland County Council Saving big by going cloud-firstArnold expects switching to Chromebooks will help Northumberland County Council save close to £2.5 million on licensing and hardware, without sacrificing data security since Chromebooks have multiple protection layers.The next step for Arnold and his team is to bring G Suite to the classroom. “We've got a lot of schools using Google Classroom successfully,” he says, “and we want to roll G Suite out to more schools. It’ll be a big efficiency for them, because many have small file servers on site, that they manage themselves or pay a third-party to manage. Drive will help them decommission that.”Meanwhile, outdated exchange and file servers are being closed down across the council as data is seamlessly transferred to Google Cloud. The new central office for the county is set to open in 2019, and Arnold does not plan to have a datacenter at the new building: “That footprint’s going to reduce over the next three years to virtually nothing.” “I've been working in IT for over 30 years and this has been one of the most successful and satisfying projects I've ever been involved in,” says Arnold. “We’ve achieved more than we expected and using G Suite has been a tremendous catalyst for change.”[...]


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Sell smarter with ProsperWorks for G SuiteSell smarter with ProsperWorks for G SuitePartner Marketing Manager, Google Cloud

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:00:00 +0000

If you want to scale your business, you’ve likely invested in a CRM solution to manage sales workflows and speed up data-driven decision-making - but, CRMs have become a clunky epicenter for team collaboration. You need actionable data insights to drive deals forward, which often require a CRM tool that integrates with the apps you use every day. ProsperWorks for G Suite can help:

With ProsperWorks for G Suite, it’s simple to integrate your CRM with the tools you already use, like Gmail, Calendar and Docs. You can:

  • Access everything in one place—forget toggling back and forth between your CRM and G Suite applications
  • Automatically sync Google Contacts in ProsperWorks
  • View and track sales activity in real-time directly within Gmail
  • Export data from Sheets to ProsperWorks and get insights instantly without manual data entry
  • Create custom dashboards, reports and charts using the Google Sheets integration in the ProsperWorks CRM Custom Report Builder

Why UrbanVolt chose ProsperWorks for G Suite

UrbanVolt, an energy-saving firm based in Dublin, Ireland, installs LED lighting for businesses at no upfront cost (“light as a service”). UrbanVolt's Light as a Service® solves the problem of companies requiring capital to install LED lighting. This model allowed the company to scale rapidly, but it also meant managing a higher volume of inbound leads. “We needed a solution that would allow us to scale our inbounds and deal flow with ease,” says Edel Kennedy, Head of Marketing at UrbanVolt.

The UrbanVolt team opted for ProsperWorks for its intuitive design and its seamless integration with G Suite. “ProsperWorks was the clear choice for our team. There was no learning curve since it worked with G Suite, where we spend the majority of our day,” says Kennedy.

Now, UrbanVolt employees save time because they don’t have to toggle between their CRM and spreadsheets to analyze data. Instead, they use G Suite tools like Sheets Add-on for ProsperWorks to view opportunities at various stages in the sales cycle, and create advanced dashboards, reports, charts and graphs collaboratively.

If you want to get started using ProsperWorks for G Suite at your business, sign up for a free webinar on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET.

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Visualize data instantly with machine learning in Google SheetsVisualize data instantly with machine learning in Google SheetsProduct Manager, Sheets

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Sorting through rows and rows of data in a spreadsheet can be overwhelming. That’s why today, we’re rolling out new features in Sheets that make it even easier for you to visualize and share your data, and find insights your teams can act on.Ask and you shall receive → Sheets can build charts for you Explore in Sheets, powered by machine learning, helps teams gain insights from data, instantly. Simply ask questions—in words, not formulas—to quickly analyze your data. For example, you can ask “what is the distribution of products sold?” or “what are average sales on Sundays?” and Explore will help you find the answers.  Now, we’re using the same powerful technology in Explore to make visualizing data even more effortless. If you don’t see the chart you need, just ask. Instead of manually building charts, ask Explore to do it by typing in “histogram of 2017 customer ratings” or “bar chart for ice cream sales.” Less time spent building charts means more time acting on new insights. Instantly sync your data from Sheets → Docs or SlidesWhether you’re preparing a client presentation or sharing sales forecasts, keeping up-to-date data is critical to success, but it can also be time-consuming if you need to update charts or tables in multiple sources. This is why we made it easier to programmatically update charts in Docs and Slides last year.   Now, we’re making it simple to keep tables updated, too. Just copy and paste data from Sheets to Docs or Slides and tap the “update” button to sync your data. Even more Sheets updatesWe’re constantly looking for ways to improve our customers’ experience in Sheets. Based on your feedback, we’re rolling out more updates today to help teams get work done faster:Keyboard shortcuts: Change default shortcuts in your browser to the same spreadsheet shortcuts you’re already used to. For example, delete a row quickly by using “Ctrl+-.”  Upgraded printing experience: Preview Sheet data in today’s new print interface. Adjust margins, select scale and alignment options or repeat frozen rows and columns before you print your work.Powerful new chart editing experience: Create and edit charts in a new, improved sidebar. Choose from custom colors in charts or add additional trendlines to model data. You can also create more chart types, like 3D charts. This is now also available for iPhones and iPads. More spreadsheet functions: We added new functions to help you find insights, bringing the total function count in Sheets to more than 400. Try “SORTN,” a function unique to Sheets, which can show you the top three orders or best-performing months in a sales record spreadsheet. Sheets also support statistical functions like “GAMMADIST,” “F.TEST” and “CHISQ.INV.RT.”These new features in Sheets are rolling out starting today. Learn how Sheets can help you find valuable insights.[...]Today we’re rolling out new features in Sheets that make it even easier for you to visualize and share your data, and find insights your teams can act on.


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Keeping your company data safe with new security updates to GmailKeeping your company data safe with new security updates to GmailSenior Product Manager, Counter Abuse Technology

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Keeping company data secure is priority one, and that starts with protecting the tools that your employees use every day. We’re constantly adding security features to help businesses stay ahead of potential threats, and are excited to announce new security features for Gmail customers, including early phishing detection using machine learning, click-time warnings for malicious links, unintended external reply warnings and built-in defenses against new threats.New machine learning models in Gmail to block phishingMachine learning helps Gmail block sneaky spam and phishing messages from showing up in your inbox with over 99.9 percent accuracy. This is huge, given that 50-70 percent of messages that Gmail receives are spam. We’re continuing to improve spam detection accuracy with early phishing detection, a dedicated machine learning model that selectively delays messages (less than 0.05 percent of messages on average) to perform rigorous phishing analysis and further protect user data from compromise.Our detection models integrate with Google Safe Browsing machine learning technologies for finding and flagging phishy and suspicious URLs. These new models combine a variety of techniques such as reputation and similarity analysis on URLs, allowing us to generate new URL click-time warnings for phishing and malware links. As we find new patterns, our models adapt more quickly than manual systems ever could, and get better with time. New warnings for employees to prevent data loss When employees are empowered to make the right decisions to protect data, it can improve an enterprise’s security posture. To help with this, Gmail now displays unintended external reply warnings to users to help prevent data loss. Now, if you try to respond to someone outside of your company domain, you’ll receive a quick warning to make sure you intended to send that email. And because Gmail has contextual intelligence, it knows if the recipient is an existing contact or someone you interact with regularly, to avoid displaying warnings unnecessarily. Protecting your business with the latest security advancementsSecurity threats are constantly evolving and we’re always looking for ways to help people protect their data. With new built-in defenses against ransomware and polymorphic malware, Gmail now blocks millions of additional emails that can harm users. We classify new threats by combining thousands of spam, malware and ransomware signals with attachment heuristics (emails that could be threats based on signals) and sender signatures (already marked malware).Outside of today’s updates, here are a few other security advancements we’ve made within Gmail to make sure you stay protected:Hosted S/MIME, to encrypt email while in transitData Loss Prevention for Gmail, to protect your most sensitive informationAlerts when TLS encryption between mailboxes is not supported or when a message can’t be authenticated, so you’re aware when you email someone whose mailbox does not support encryptionWhirlpool, PWC and Woolworths are just a few companies that rely on Gmail to securely collaborate. Learn more.[...]


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Let’s jam—Jamboard is now availableLet’s jam—Jamboard is now availableSenior Product Manager, G Suite

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Good ideas become great ones when you work together with your teammates. But as teams become increasingly distributed, you need tools that spur visual creativity and collaboration—a way to sketch out ideas, rev on them with colleagues no matter where they may be in the world and make them real. That’s where Jamboard, our cloud-based, collaborative whiteboard, can help. Starting today, Jamboard is available for purchase in the United States. Breaking down creative barriersWe tested Jamboard with enterprise early adopters like Dow Jones, Whirlpool and Pinterest, who shared how Jamboard helped their businesses collaborate more efficiently and bring the power of the cloud into team brainstorms. Shaown Nandi, chief information officer at Dow Jones, saw his teams became more hands-on in creative sessions thanks to Jamboard. “Jamboard breaks down barriers to interactive, visual collaboration across teams everywhere,” said Nandi. “It’s the perfect anchor for a meeting and encourages impromptu, productive sessions. We can easily add any content to the Jamboard to capture great ideas from everyone. We immediately saw the benefits.” Jamboard is the perfect anchor for a meeting. We can easily add content and capture great ideas from everyone. Shaown Nandi Chief Information Officer at Dow Jones We received great suggestions from customers on how to make Jamboard even better, such as adding a greater range of secure Wi-Fi network configurations so it’s easier to jam in different business settings. Customers also confirmed how important high speed touch is when using a digital whiteboard, and we’re using the Nvidia Jetson TX1 embedded computer to make sure Jamboard’s 4K touchscreen delivers a responsive experience. Starting today, you can purchase a Jamboard in three colors: cobalt blue, carmine red and graphite grey. Order Jamboard today You can purchase Jamboard for $4,999 USD, which includes two styluses, an eraser and a wall mount. We’re also running a promotion—if you order on or before September 30, 2017, you’ll receive $300 off of the annual management and support fee for the first year, as well as a discount on the optional rolling stand.Keep in mind that a G Suite plan is required to use Jamboard so that you can access files from Drive, use them in your brainstorms and come back to your work later. Plus, the Jamboard mobile companion apps can be used remotely so you can work on the go. Also, we’re teaming up with BenQ to handle fulfillment, delivery and support. Check out pricing details below. Jamboard is available in the U.S. to start, and will be available for purchase in the U.K. and Canada this summer, with more countries becoming available over time. Contact your Google Cloud sales rep or visit google.com/jamboard to learn more about how you can start jamming with colleagues today.If you’re a current G Suite admin, check out this post for more information. [...]


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AI in the newsroom: What’s happening and what’s next?AI in the newsroom: What’s happening and what’s next?Partnerships Manager

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Bringing people together to discuss the forces shaping journalism is central to our mission at the Google News Lab. Earlier this month, we invited Nick Rockwell, the Chief Technology Officer from the New York Times, and Luca D’Aniello, the Chief Technology Officer at the Associated Press, to Google’s New York office to talk about the future of artificial intelligence in journalism and the challenges and opportunities it presents for newsrooms.The event opened with an overview of the AP's recent report, "The Future of Augmented Journalism: a guide for newsrooms in the age of smart machines,” which was based on interviews with dozens of journalists, technologists, and academics (and compiled with the help of a robot, of course). As early adopters of this technology, the AP highlighted a number of their earlier experiments: This image of a boxing match was captured by one of AP’s AI-powered cameras. Deploying more than a dozen AI-powered robotic cameras at the 2016 Summer Olympics to capture angles not easily available to journalistsUsing Google’s Cloud Vision API to classify and tag photos automatically throughout the reportIncreasing news coverage of quarterly earnings reports from 400 to 4,000 companies using automationThe report also addressed key concerns, including risks associated with unchecked algorithms, potential for workflow disruption, and the growing gap in skill sets.Here are three themes that emerged from the conversation with Rockwell and D’Aniello: 1. AI will increase a news organization's ability to focus on content creationD’Aniello noted that journalists, often “pressed for resources,” are forced to “spend most of their time creating multiple versions of the same content for different outlets.” AI can reduce monotonous tasks like these and allow journalists to to spend more of their time on their core expertise: reporting.For Rockwell, AI could also be leveraged to power new reporting, helping journalists analyze massive data sets to surface untold stories. Rockwell noted that “the big stories will be found in data, and whether we can find them or not will depend on our sophistication using large datasets.” 2. AI can help improve the quality of dialogue online and help organizations better understand their readers' needs. Given the increasing abuse and harassment found in online conversations, many publishers are backing away from allowing comments on articles. For the Times, the Perspective API tool developed by Jigsaw (part of Google’s parent company Alphabet), is creating an opportunity to encourage constructive discussions online by using machine learning to increase the efficiency of comment moderation. Previously, the Times could only moderate comments on 10 percent of articles. The Times aspires to use Perspective to enable commenting on all its articles.The Times is also thinking about using AI to increase the relevance of what they deliver to readers. As Rockwell notes, “Our readers have always looked to us to filter the world, but to do that only through editorial curation is a one-size-fits-all approach. There is a lot we can do to better serve them.” 3. Applying journalistic standards is essential to AI’s successful implementation in newsroomsBoth panelists agreed that the editorial standards that go into creating quality journalism should be applied to AI-fueled journalism. As Francesco Marconi, the author of the AP report, remarked, “Humans make mistakes. Algorithms make mistakes. All the editorial standards should be applied to the technology.”Here are a few approaches we’ve[...]


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Build with G SuiteBuild with G SuiteProduct Marketing Manager, G Suite Platform

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Today wraps our annual Google I/O conference. Thousands of developers from around the world gathered to learn about our latest developer products and share best practices, including how to build next-gen business applications using G Suite. In case you need it, here’s a list of the various developer tools you can use to customize app your G Suite experience at your organization.1. Build and deploy custom apps using App Maker App Maker is a low-code, application development tool in G Suite that helps developers quickly build and deploy custom apps securely. It comes with built-in templates, a drag-and-drop UI and point-and-click data modeling. Plus, you can customize your app to connect with a wide range of APIs using Apps Script. App Maker is currently available as part of an Early Adopter Program for G Suite Business customers. Learn more. 2. Create seamless integrations with the G Suite APIsSpeaking of APIs, G Suite offers a number of ways for developers to integrate their app with ours and create a seamless experience for users. Here are a few of our favorite G Suite APIs.Try the Sheets API which lets your developers read, write and format data in Sheets. Plus, you can automatically generate and update charts, pivot tables and more.The Slides API helps you access and update presentations programmatically, pulling in data from various sources (including popular third-party apps) and producing polished template-based presentations in a fraction of the time.Leverage the Gmail API to access and organize your Gmail inbox. You can program your application to read and send messages, create filters to automatically label, forward and archive messages, or even update vacation responders.Finally, the Drive API allows you to manage Google Drive files and/or folders as well as leverage new Team Drive features programmatically. Developers can also use the Drive SDK to create Drive-enabled apps that handle custom files.3. Customize your G Suite experience with Add-ons Using Apps Script, G Suite's native JavaScript-based development platform, developers can easily customize their favorite apps like Sheets, Docs, and Forms by adding menu items, sidebars or editing files programmatically directly within these apps. We also recently introduced Gmail Add-ons in developer preview, so that third-party developers can bring the power of their apps directly into Gmail. Better yet, developers need only write their Gmail Add-on once, and it’ll run natively in Gmail on web, Android and iOS right away. Image credit: Intuit and Prosperworks To learn more about how you can integrate and better customize your business applications for G Suite, check out the G Suite Developers blog or the G Suite Developers show. You can also subscribe to the G Suite Developers newsletter for updates.[...]


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Build and train machine learning models on our new Google Cloud TPUsBuild and train machine learning models on our new Google Cloud TPUsGoogle Senior FellowSenior Vice President

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:17:00 +0000

We’re excited to announce that our second-generation Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) are coming to Google Cloud to accelerate a wide range of machine learning workloads, including both training and inference. We call them Cloud TPUs, and they will initially be available via Google Compute Engine.We’ve witnessed extraordinary advances in machine learning (ML) over the past few years. Neural networks have dramatically improved the quality of Google Translate, played a key role in ranking Google Search results and made it more convenient to find the photos you want with Google Photos. Machine learning allowed DeepMind’s AlphaGo program to defeat Lee Sedol, one of the world’s top Go players, and also made it possible for software to generate natural-looking sketches.These breakthroughs required enormous amounts of computation, both to train the underlying machine learning models and to run those models once they’re trained (this is called “inference”). We’ve designed, built and deployed a family of Tensor Processing Units, or TPUs, to allow us to support larger and larger amounts of machine learning computation, first internally and now externally.While our first TPU was designed to run machine learning models quickly and efficiently—to translate a set of sentences or choose the next move in Go—those models still had to be trained separately. Training a machine learning model is even more difficult than running it, and days or weeks of computation on the best available CPUs and GPUs are commonly required to reach state-of-the-art levels of accuracy.Research and engineering teams at Google and elsewhere have made great progress scaling machine learning training using readily-available hardware. However, this wasn’t enough to meet our machine learning needs, so we designed an entirely new machine learning system to eliminate bottlenecks and maximize overall performance. At the heart of this system is the second-generation TPU we're announcing today, which can both train and run machine learning models. Our new Cloud TPU delivers up to 180 teraflops to train and run machine learning models. Each of these new TPU devices delivers up to 180 teraflops of floating-point performance. As powerful as these TPUs are on their own, though, we designed them to work even better together. Each TPU includes a custom high-speed network that allows us to build machine learning supercomputers we call “TPU pods.” A TPU pod contains 64 second-generation TPUs and provides up to 11.5 petaflops to accelerate the training of a single large machine learning model. That’s a lot of computation!Using these TPU pods, we've already seen dramatic improvements in training times. One of our new large-scale translation models used to take a full day to train on 32 of the best commercially-available GPUs—now it trains to the same accuracy in an afternoon using just one eighth of a TPU pod. A “TPU pod” built with 64 second-generation TPUs delivers up to 11.5 petaflops of machine learning acceleration. Introducing Cloud TPUsWe’re bringing our new TPUs to Google Compute Engine as Cloud TPUs, where you can connect them to virtual machines of all shapes and sizes and mix and match them with other types of hardware, including Skylake CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs. You can program these TPUs with TensorFlow, the mos[...]


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Save time with Smart Reply in GmailSave time with Smart Reply in GmailSoftware Engineer

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:11:00 +0000

It’s pretty easy to read your emails while you’re on the go, but responding to those emails takes effort. Smart Reply, available in Inbox by Gmail and Allo, saves you time by suggesting quick responses to your messages. The feature already drives 12 percent of replies in Inbox on mobile. And starting today, Smart Reply is coming to Gmail for Android and iOS too. 

Smart Reply suggests three responses based on the email you received:

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Once you’ve selected one, you can send it immediately or edit your response starting with the Smart Reply text. Either way, you’re saving time.

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Smart Reply utilizes machine learning to give you better responses the more you use it. So if you're more of a “thanks!” than a “thanks.” person, we'll suggest the response that's, well, more you! If you want to learn about the smarts behind Smart Reply, check out the Google Research Blog.

Smart Reply will roll out globally on Android and iOS in English first, and Spanish will follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more languages coming soon!

(image) It’s pretty easy to read your emails while you’re on the go, but responding to those emails takes effort. Smart Reply, coming to Gmail for Android and iOS, saves you time by suggesting quick responses to your messages.


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Delivering on our partnership with SAPDelivering on our partnership with SAPHead of Global Technology Partners

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000

At Next ‘17, we announced a new partnership with SAP, focused on integrating our industry-leading cloud solutions with SAP enterprise applications. This week we’re at the SAP SAPPHIRE NOW event in Orlando to talk about the significant progress we’ve made over the last two months. We’re collaborating with SAP to create solutions that can help accelerate the digital transformation for enterprises by combining the power of SAP applications like SAP S/4HANA and the cutting-edge innovation available on Google Cloud in the following areas.SAP on GCPSAP NetWeaver-based applications are now certified on GCPWe’re announcing the certification of SAP NetWeaver technology platform on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), which enables customers to run products like SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW/4HANA, SAP Business Suite and SAP Business Warehouse, on GCP.sovanta, a German technology company, is one of the first customers to run SAP S/4HANA on GCP infrastructure to help transform their operations, grow quickly and transition from on-premises to cloud.Expanding the certification of SAP HANA on Google Cloud Platform  We’ve completed the SAP HANA certification for 416GB GCP VMs and another certification for scale-out SAP HANA with four VMs, which enables enterprise customers with ever-growing volumes of business data to scale SAP applications on our cloud infrastructure.Smyths Toys, one of the fastest growing toy retailers in the U.K. and Ireland, depends on the reliability and performance of Google Cloud to run their ecommerce platform powered by SAP Hybris."We chose Google Cloud for the price and performance of the infrastructure and the future-proofing we get with its innovative capabilities, including machine learning and data analytics services. The partnership with Google Cloud and SAP will help us further integrate our business systems and drive efficiency and value for our company," says Rob Wilson, the CTO of Smyths Toys.Availability of SAP Analytics Cloud connector for BigQueryWith the addition of a native connector to BigQuery, it’s easier than ever for joint customers to discover, predict and share meaningful business insights across data in SAP systems and Google BigQuery.Machine learning, data custodian and G SuiteData custodian demos  Google and SAP have collaborated on an innovative approach to address enterprise concerns around data protection and privacy while continuing to offer enterprises the flexibility and power of Google’s cloud platform. In the Google booth, at SAPPHIRE NOW, we have demos showcasing our vision around how enterprises can leverage SAP’s expertise and partnership with Google to gain significantly greater visibility into how their data is managed, accessed and protected on GCP.Machine learning innovationWe’re working together with SAP to build intelligent applications combining SAP’s business process expertise with our machine learning services, such as Google Translate API, Speech APIs, Cloud ML Engine and the open source machine learning framework TensorFlow. To spur innovation, we’ve jointly announced an Intelligent App Challenge. The competition invites SAP and Google ecosystem partners to build applications using SAP HANA, express edition on GCP.G Suite integrationsWe’re continuing to implement our joint vision with SAP around future integrations with key SAP solutions in addition to existing integrations between G Suite and SAP solutions like SAP Anywhere, Concur and BusinessObjects Lumira.For those attending SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW event, stop by the Google Cloud booth, #1153, for additional details and to see demos in action.[...]Latest developments since a[...]


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Four reasons your company should use the new Team DrivesFour reasons your company should use the new Team DrivesCustomer Engineer, Google Cloud

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

1. Team Drives makes onboarding new hires easier.

When onboarding new team members, it can take weeks, and sometimes months, before those employees become productive. This may partly be due to having limited access to training materials and project information. With Team Drives, new members get instant access to the right documents, so the time it takes to ramp up is dramatically decreased and they can dive straight into work.

2. Files stay in Team Drives even if team members leave.

Determining file ownership when an employee leaves can be a major pain point for a lot of companies. Files in Team Drives belong to the team instead of an individual, so you no longer have to worry about tracking down and transferring information once an employee leaves. The files stay within Team Drives so that your team can continue to share information and workflows aren’t interrupted.

3. It’s easy to manage and share permissions for employees and admins.

If you’re a large organization, keeping track of your data is critical. You need tools that can help you manage access to ensure that only the right people are sharing information. Team Drives make it easy for employees to manage file access. Team Drives allows you to specialize permissions based on who you’d like to edit, comment, reorganize or delete certain files. By default, all members within Team Drives automatically see the same files regardless of who adds or reorganizes them—cutting back on how many times you have to grant file access to trusted teammates.

Before employees get started using Team Drives, admins can adjust permissions in the G Suite Admin Console, like enabling Team Drives for an entire domain or just specific organizational units. Plus, admins can add or remove members to Team Drives as necessary and easily edit permissions.

4. Team Drives uses machine learning to help you find files. 

There are more than 800 million monthly active users on Drive and trillions of files stored in Drive. Many of these files represent collective knowledge of employees, and having “quick” access to these files is a boon for productivity.

Before, Enterprise Knowledge Management solutions attempted to deliver the right files to employees at the right time, but this required manually tagging documents with metadata—a time-consuming process. Now, you can use Quick Access, a feature in Drive that uses powerful machine learning algorithms to analyze trending topics, team calendars and other contextual information to identify relevant documents and suggest files to users. 

Use this step-by-step guide to get started on Team Drives today.

(image) Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any device. Here are some reasons for you to try out Team Drives today.


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#GraciasALosProfes: Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day in Mexico#GraciasALosProfes: Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day in MexicoMexico Education Program Manager Google For Education in Latin America

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, or Día del Maestro, in Mexico, where 30 GEG (Google Educator Groups) leaders are at the helm of the movement to transform education through technology in Latin America. Our Mexican GEG leaders empower their fellow teachers to harness tech to meet students’ needs. We are amazed at the innovative and inspiring ways these teachers and leaders are building their movement across Mexico—from Guadalajara to Mexico City to Monterrey. In Quéretaro, Nay Belaunzaran thought up an idea to scale the impact of tech across generations by mobilizing children to teach their parents about the internet. Under Nay’s leadership, primary school students prepare classes for their parents about G Suite for Education where the parents learn to jot their thoughts down in Docs, build presentations in Slides, and communicate with teachers through Google Classroom. Galvanizing students to bridge the generational tech literacy gap has made it easier for parents to stay engaged with kids’ schools. Nay connected with fellow teachers from all over Latin America at last year’s Google for Education Certified Innovators Summit in Mexico City. In Tijuana, Gabriela Torres Beltrán has paved the way for dozens of her students to become Google Certified Educators themselves. By building a community of future teachers who keep innovation and technology top of mind, Gabriela is making her mark on the future of education in her community.  “Seeing the smile of satisfaction on their faces as they explore ways to implement technology in class is extremely inspiring,” she shared with an inspired smile of her own. Verónica stays after class on most days, providing extra support for students whose curiosity extends beyond school hours. In Verónica Nuñez Loyo’s classroom in Mexico City, students find themselves at the intersection of traditions of the past and technology of the future. She challenges her middle schoolers not only to research the history of Mexico, but to leverage the internet to share their learnings. Recently, Verónica’s  seventh grade class collaborated to create a multimedia presentation about the Axolotl, an endangered amphibian species endemic to Baja California. Technology was at the heart of the project, whether students were exploring the Náhuatl origin of the word “Axolotl” or investigating how portrayals of this “walking fish” have changed over time. These are three of many educators who work tirelessly to ignite curiosity and give life to the ideas of Mexico’s rising generation. Which teachers inspire you? Today—and everyday—join us in celebrating the educators who dedicate their lives to working with students to create a more connected Latin America. #GraciasALosProfes. [...]Today is Teacher Appreciation Day in Mexico, where Google Educator Group leaders are transforming education through technology in Latin America.


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Bring your idea to life with G SuiteBring your idea to life with G SuiteProduct Marketing Manager, G Suite

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

You know that feeling when you present on a project after working on it for too many months? It’s great. Perhaps the most gratifying part of wrapping a project (besides finally being done), is reflecting on how your idea came to be more than just an idea.For most of us in the workplace, ideas take shape in many forms—and G Suite can help you along the way. Here’s a snapshot of how you can bring an idea to life using G Suite’s intelligent apps:1. You mention an idea to a teammate over lunchSome of our best ideas happen outside the confines of the office. You mention an idea to a teammate in passing and they tell you, “Hey, that’s not a bad thought, but we should meet to flesh this out.”Take your idea to the next level by getting your group together with Find a Time and Find a Room features in Calendar. Find a Time intelligently suggests times that you and teammates are available to meet and books a time for you. Find a Room takes over the hassle of finding an available meeting room. All you have to do is show up and brainstorm. 2. Step into a meeting room and map out your idea Now that you’ve booked a room, you can put more structure behind this “thing” you’re creating with Jamboard—our collaborative, digital whiteboard for sharing ideas in real-time and mapping out your project plan. Check it out: If you used legacy systems in the past, you probably brought documents, sticky notes or other prep materials to a brainstorm. With Jamboard, you securely access all of those files directly in the cloud within your “jam.” Simply use the sticky notes tool, pull information and images from the web, or add files from Docs, Sheets or Slides to your brainstorm directly from Drive.3. Give your brain a rest and come back to your work laterSometimes the best thing you can do for a project is take a break and revisit it with fresh eyes. Jamboard makes this easy because it saves your work directly to Drive. If you’re on the go and want to revisit a file, you can rely on Drive’s Quick Access feature to automatically find files for you. And if you use Team Drives, you can add relevant files to securely share access and edit rights with others that need to weigh in. 4. Make final edits and present your ideaOnce you’ve put the final touches on your “jam,” you can present your work through Hangouts, which integrates seamlessly with Jamboard. Add team members to the Hangout to see your work, and they can even use the Jamboard companion app to make edits from their mobile phones or tablets. For a presentation you really want to polish, you can also import your work from Jamboard into a presentation in Slides. If you don’t like to fuss with formatting, use Explore in Slides, powered by machine intelligence, to make your presentation look top notch. Choose from dozens of design recommendations and apply them instantly with one click. Now you’re ready to sell your idea. 5. Track your progressComing up with the ideas is the fun part. Executing and tracking success is often more difficult. G Suite can help with that, too. Use templates in Sheets to create detailed project trackers or manage employee shift schedules. Sheets can also help you quantify results a[...]


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