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The State of Google G Suite 2018/19

The Ultimate Guide to Google G Suite updates 2018 and how to make the most of your cloud in 2019 and beyond

"Innovation can’t be ordained. However, you can create an environment where it will evolve organically"

2018 has been phenomenal, we have seen the marketplace take a huge shift in the importance of data, its governance and compliance with the GDPR. We have seen the cybersecurity landscape change with a rise of new cyber warfare attacks in organisations, losing their reputation and ultimately losing millions in revenue from an increase in attacks like phishing and malicious content and ransomware making it the norm for companies to have technology in place to counter against these types of attacks — technologies that counter against data loss prevention, PCI compliance and fraud.

With IoT becoming a really hot topic for organisations from engineering industries to manufacturing fields, advanced analytics has too become a widely adopted course for most companies in various shapes and forms. We have seen Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) taking over news feeds globally with leading players like Google, Amazon and Microsoft and newcomers like Ali Baba, IBM and Oracle in the race for customer acquisition. AI and ML have been making waves bringing future states closer to us than ever seen before. Companies are now looking to a cloud platform to not only offer services like storage but also to change the way they do business and operate. The cloud we know is growing at a fast speed and exponential rate.

In 2018, the role of IT has also changed, from IT management to IT strategy and today's landscape calls for more strategic roles and responsibilities with more board-level and C-level involvement as IT takes the front seat in how companies make business decisions.

Companies are faced with a new set of problems to solve and legacy issues are becoming a thing of the past. For most organisations, it is a daunting task to not only keep the lights on but also get up to speed with the ever-changing marketplace and competitive landscape. For Grove customers, however having a cloud partner to help manage, navigate and find the best course of direction has been a proverbial walk in the park.

Why? The marketplace has been responding to these changes, and obfuscating the main areas companies should be focused on, mainly by providing various technologies that all seem to sing the same song leaving these companies with a new host of solutions to manage, a new end-user appetite to fulfil and an army of security solutions to wrap their ever-changing estate in.

For others doing nothing seems to be a safe bet too and within reason. How do companies keep up with new requirements and a new ever growing technology stack? The answer to this is—by spending a healthy budget on an array of solutions and a myriad of services and as more marketplace issues come to light even more money is being spent on trying to keep up with everything.

The solution to this problem is by identifying the right cloud partner who can offer a single platform with a vast set of features that can encapsulate all requirements under one roof while providing companies with future state functionality if needed at an ultimately low cost. It is this type of cloud partner that can literally save the day and make things easier for organisations on their cloud journey.

Enter Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Google G Suite

This blog focuses on technology, hard-line value for money and a positive ROI for organisations by offering latest technology advancements, tighter security and control to counter against all requirements, unsurpassed levels of communication management and delivery of world-class functionality to meet your every need. From, communication to collaboration, mobility and digitisation, security and control, advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence to the cloud platform.

Many of our customers have looked to Google G Suite this year to give them a total solution and platform that covers all of their communication and management requirements with Google G Suite Business and Enterprise. G Suite has seen tremendous growth in its offering by introducing enterprise-grade tools to meet customer requirements, from compliance to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (implemented in May this year), to application development, integration and a new set of security tools that really means business.

By simply offering customers with unlimited value in its offering not only covering requirements but also offering a future-proof platform that covers ML and AI in its day-to-day functionality for organisations to use. When customers looked at consolidation of services like stand-alone DLP, video conferencing, email and data security, compliance, mobile management, administration and management tools, mobile application development, productivity and collaboration, they have found that Google G Suite really does offer immense value for money when compared to other email platforms, the need for 3rd party software and its ever-growing cost.

This blog includes an overview of all the functionality in Google G Suite Business and Enterprise as well as customer use cases that have adapted to the platform. It raises questions around competitive solutions and solidifies Googles message of making your data available to you, easily and accessible, when you need it, in a truly robust and secure environment whilst keeping all of your future state functionality like AI and ML available across all its services and for future state requirements within your hands reach.

It also includes a summary and detailed outlook of all of the services offered by the platform to compare to your current platform and its 3rd party solutions. To add to this is Google’s extensive feature set that extends to Chrome browser and devices, Android, Google Maps, Security Keys, Chrome signage and display, Chrome meeting room devices and conferencing hardware, Google Jamboard and more tools within the platform to offer faster and more intelligent ways of work like Google Hire, Google Team drives and Google App Maker.

More importantly is a view of the 2018 updates to Google G Suite Business and Enterprise that companies are taking advantage of today for the same price point concluding that Google G Suite offers more than enough value that simply cannot be beaten.

In a nutshell: Great Google G Suite enhancement from 2017

In a nutshell: Great Google G Suite enhancements from 2017

  • Bringing the power of AI to Google G Suite – Technology continues to change the way we work. This year, we further integrated Google’s artificial intelligence into G Suite so that you can accomplish more in less time. Using machine learning, Gmail suggests email responses. Sheets build charts, creates pivot tables and suggests formulas. And you can also ask questions in full sentences and get instant answers in Sheets and Cloud Search (in addition to Docs and Slides) thanks to natural language processing.

  • Helping businesses secure their data – OAuth Protecting sensitive data and assets is a constant challenge that businesses face. Now, using contextual intelligence, Gmail can warn you if you are responding to someone outside of your company domain. We also extended DLP to Google Drive to make it easier to secure sensitive data and control sharing. Google Vault for Drive helps surface information to support legal and compliance requirements. And we made it easier for you to manage which third-party apps can access your G Suite data. Check out the G Suite website for more information on how you can transform your business to be security-first (or, try passing along these tips to help prevent phishing attempts).

  • Going all in on meetings – We spend a lot of time on conference calls—for some, 30 percent of their day is spent in meetings—but meetings don’t often reflect how we actually like to work together. To help teams transform how they collaborate, we created a new Hangouts experience for the enterprise, designed cost-effective hardware built for the meeting room, reimagined the traditional whiteboard and introduced an intelligent communication app. Plus, Google Calendar got a makeover and you can use it on your iPad now.

  • Providing Enterprise Grade solutions for collaboration and storage – Large enterprises are often drowning in files—files that represent a company’s collective knowledge. Every strategic plan, brainstorm or financial plan is an opportunity to learn more about your business, which is why you need tools to find, organise, understand and act on that knowledge. For years, we’ve been working to ensure that Google Drive meets enterprise needs and last year Google was recognised by Gartner as a Leader in the July 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms. We were also recognized by Forrester as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: for Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) - Cloud Solutions, Q4 2017 report, which published in December.

  • Building tools for marketing and sales organisations, even more, integrations – We built tools to help marketing and sales organisations create their best work and collaborate effectively, even with other tools that teams rely on. We launched Jam board, announced a strategic partnership with Salesforce, opened up Gmail to your favourite business apps and integrated Hire with G Suite.

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Google G Suite: In start of 2018 and beyond

Protecting Google Cloud customers from new vulnerabilities without affecting performance

  • If you’ve been keeping up on the latest tech news, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the CPU security flaw that Google’s Project Zero disclosed last Wednesday. On Friday, we answered some of your questions and detailed how we are protecting Cloud customers. Today, we’d like to go into even more detail on how we’ve protected Google Cloud products against these speculative execution vulnerabilities, and what we did to make sure our Google Cloud customers saw minimal performance impact from these mitigations.

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Introducing the Security Centre for G Suite – Security analytics and best practices from Google

  • See a snapshot of security metrics in one place – Get insights into suspicious device activity, visibility into how spam and malware are targeting users within your organisation and metrics to demonstrate security effectiveness—all in a unified dashboard.

  • Stay ahead of potential threats – Admins can now examine security analytics to flag threats. For example, your team can have visibility into which users are being targeted by phishing so that you can head off potential attacks, or when Google Drive files trigger DLP rules, you have a heads up to avoid risking data exfiltration.

  • Reduce risk by adopting security health recommendations – Security health analyses your existing security posture and gives you customised advice to secure your users and data. These recommendations cover issues ranging from how your data is stored, to how your files are shared, as well as recommendations on mobility and communications settings.

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An easy formula: 5 reasons why your business should try Google Sheets

  • Your data always stays up to date – Working in the cloud means your data can easily stay up to date because information is automatically saved as it is typed. Multiple team members can collaborate in real-time from their phone, tablet or computer (online and offline) and create a single source of truth for projects, like quarterly budgets. Need personalisation? No problem. You can look at the same data as your coworkers without disrupting their view, sort information to be in a specific order or hide sheets that you don’t need to see. If you are worried about others mucking up your data, you can protect cells by setting custom share settings. Plus, you don’t have to worry about version control. You can see changes or revert to previous versions in File > Version History or by clicking on “All Changes Saved in Drive” at the top of your Sheet.

  • You can use Google's Artificial Intelligence to speed up analysis – Powered by Google’s machine intelligence, Sheets does a lot of the heavy lifting for you when it comes to data analysis. You can ask a question about your data and Sheets will return an answer using natural language processing. Sheets also builds charts, suggests formulas and creates pivot tables for you. Data gurus who want to take the analysis a step further can sync Sheets to BigQuery to analyse information against large datasets.

  • You can keep your data secure – We built security features across G Suite to help you manage your most sensitive business information. Sheets is no exception. Clicking “Share” in the upper righthand corner of your Sheet determines access settings for individual team members, so you stay in control of who can view, edit or comment on your documents. Additional IRM (Information Rights Management) controls allow you to easily disable options to download, copy or print spreadsheets, and you can set expiration dates if you need to suspend access to confidential information. Admins also have the power to restrict file sharing within an organisation or to whitelist domains.

  • You can work the way you are used to working – We get it—you need tools that won’t interrupt work processes (especially if you’ve used those processes forever). That’s why we’ve baked in functionality that teams are used to using. Let’s start with functions. You can use hundreds of functions that you are used to working with, like VLOOKUP, SUMIFS and IPMT. We’ve also created unique-to-Sheets functions to help you crunch numbers in new ways, like FILTER to quickly organise a spreadsheet according to an input, QUERY to pull specific results out of a central dataset or GOOGLE FINANCE to source data directly from Google Finance. Outside of functions, you can also create pivot tables to analyse your data (or let Sheets do it for you.). What about organisation? Colour cells using Conditional Formatting, create drop-down lists with Data Validation or freeze headers at the top of your sheet, to make your data presentation-friendly. Once your data is organised, you can visualise it in pie charts, bar charts, line charts—charts galore. Editing on the fly. Sheets is available online and offline—and on desktop web browsers, and Android and iOS apps—which means your teams don’t have to stop working during business travel or when Wifi is down.

  • You can automate work processes When information is in one place, it is easier to automate processes. Let’s say you need to order supplies for your office. Instead of emailing back-and-forth to coordinate purchases you can use G Suite apps instead. NYT Sheets GIF. For example, say you are an inventory manager at a retail company and you gather supply requests from your teams using Google Forms. You can import the Form responses into a Sheet to keep a record of needs. If your Sheet is synced to Gmail with a script, it can send emails to relevant parties about requests automatically, so they can see and approve requests in one spot—the Sheet. Poof! No more unnecessary email clutter. There are a ton of ways you can automate mundane tasks or speed up workflows. Check out how The New York Times used the Sheets API to report congressional votes quickly.

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New ways to comment on Microsoft Office Documents and more in Google Drive

  • Google Drive – makes it easy to store and share files in the cloud so you can collaborate securely with your teams and clients while on the go. And we understand that teams work with all kinds of files and tools to get things done. Starting today, we are making it possible to comment directly on more file types including Microsoft Office files, PDFs and images—without having to convert them into Docs, Sheets or Slides.

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Move projects from one place- Hangout Chats now available

  • Teams – Teams want to be able to get their work done in one place, which is why we introduced the Early Adopter Program of Hangouts Chat to bring teams together. Today, we are making Chat generally available as a core G Suite service.

  • From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate easily and efficiently. With dedicated, virtual rooms to house projects over time—plus threaded conversations—Chat makes it simple to track progress and follow up tasks. In one place, you can:Easily work with other G Suite apps. Upload items from Drive, collaborate on Docs, Sheets or Slides, join online meetings with Hangouts Meet, or use Google’s powerful search to look up room members, past conversations and shared files. Use artificial intelligence to speed up workflows. When your teams collaborate in Chat, you can speed up manual work, like booking conference rooms, searching for files and more using artificial intelligence. Collaborate with colleagues around the globe. Chat currently supports 28 languages and each room can support up to 8,000 members. It’s available on desktop for Windows and MacOS, as well as iOS and Android so you can easily collaborate on the go. Have peace of mind with embedded security. Chat builds on G Suite’s security-first ecosystem and offers an enterprise-grade solution that’s reliable and compliant. With integrated support for Vault, admins can archive, preserve, search and export Chat-specific data.

  • Use 3rd Party integration in Chat to drive team projects – Chat also comes equipped with 25 bots to help speed up workflows, ranging from finance and human resources to CRM, project management and more. There are bots that integrate directly with other G Suite apps, like: The @Google Drive bot which lets you know when files are shared with you, comments are made or when people request access to your docs. The @Meet bot which integrates directly with Calendar to schedule meetings for you.

  • These popular enterprise application companies have already developed bots for you to try out: Bot integration partners - Hangouts Chat Accounting: Xero Analytics: Statsbot Communications: Dialpad, RingCentral, Uberconference and Vonage CRM: ProsperWorks, Salesforce and Streak Customer Service: Freshdesk File Sharing: Egnyte Human Resources: Disco, Polly and Zenefits Meditation & Mindfulness: Stop, Breathe & Think Productivity: Lucidchart and Project and Task Management: Jira, MeisterTask, Trello and Wrike Travel: Kayak

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New ways to help teams work faster and smarter with G Suite

  • Today’s workplace is vastly different than it was 30 years ago. It used to be that a business could rely on a single team in a single location to get things done. These days, business is more diverse, dynamic and distributed than ever before. Decisions have to be made fast, teams need to align quickly and time can’t be wasted on repetitive, manual tasks. Consequently, companies that rely on decades-old, legacy work systems may find they aren’t agile enough to compete and stay relevant.
  • Use a new, centralised platform to stay aligned on projects and make decisions quicker.
  • Spend less time setting up meetings and more time accomplishing goals.
  • Solve problems face-to-face with teammates over video, right away.
  • Spend less time searching for the right documents and more time crafting ideas.

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Security in the Cloud

  • Security – is one of the biggest issues of our time. Countless companies and governments have lost data because of security incidents. And just one breach could cost millions in fines and lost business—and most importantly, lose customer trust.

  • Leveraging the cloud to protect against threats – Cloud providers offer a vast army of experts to protect against threats—one far larger than almost any internal team a company could invest in. In fact, if businesses were to go it alone, there wouldn’t be enough security professionals in the world to adequately protect every single company and their users.

  • Security at Google Cloud –Security has been paramount to Google from the very beginning. (I would know!) We’ve been operating securely in the cloud for almost 20 years, and we have seven apps with more than a billion users that we protect from threats every single day, and GCP itself connects to more than a billion IPs every day. We believe that security empowers innovation—that if you put security first, everything else will follow.

  • Unprecedented control to protect your data – Google Cloud was designed, built, and is operated with security top of mind—from our custom hardware like our Titan chip, to data encryption both at rest and in transit by default. On top of this foundation, our customers have the freedom to deploy their own security controls based on their unique needs and the level of assurance they require. Today, we are announcing VPC Service Controls to add to our broad set of protections.

  • Visibility into data risks with actionable insight – As the use of cloud services continues to grow, clear visibility into an organisation’s cloud footprint and the security status of its infrastructure is more important than ever. Businesses need the right data and actionable insights to stop threats before security incidents turn into damaging breaches. To that end, we are announcing Cloud Security Command Center, currently in alpha.

  • Transparency into how we interact with your data –Trust is paramount when choosing a cloud provider. We want to be as open and transparent as possible, allowing customers to see everything that happens to their data. Cloud Audit Logging helps answer the question of which administrators did what, where, when and why on your GCP projects.

  • What cloud security means for your business – “Businesses’ path to cloud adoption relies heavily on trust; CEOs and CIOs need to feel comfortable that they are gaining significant benefit from the cloud without giving up control,” says Doug Cahill, Senior Analyst, ESG. “With these announcements, Google Cloud is continuing to provide more control and insight to customers—and commendable visibility into administrative activity within their cloud environments through Access Transparency—while offering them the peace of mind that many of the fundamental aspects of security are taken care of and constantly evolving along with the threat landscape.”

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Helping customers stay secure- with proactive phishing protections and management controls

  • Helping to protect your users and organisation with new advanced anti-phishing capabilities – We are applying machine learning (ML) to billions of threat indicators and evolving our models to quickly identify what could be a phishing attack in the making. Information from these self-learning ML models helps us flag suspicious content. At the same time, updated phishing security controls can be configured to automatically switch on the latest Google-recommended defences. These new default-on protections can: Automatically flag emails from untrusted senders that have encrypted attachments or embedded scripts. Warn against email that tries to spoof employee names or that comes from a domain that looks similar to your own domain. Offer enhanced protections against spear phishing attacks by flagging unauthenticated email. Scan images for phishing indicators and expand shortened URLs to uncover malicious links. With the protections we have in place, more than 99.9% of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scenarios—or when someone impersonates an executive to get sensitive information—are either automatically moved to the spam folder or flagged with anomaly warnings to users.

  • Giving you more control over mobile devices with default-on mobile management – Securing endpoints like mobile devices is one of the best ways for businesses to keep data safe. More than 7 million devices are already managed with G Suite’s enterprise-grade mobile management solution. With new proactive security settings, basic device management is automatically enabled for your mobile devices that access G Suite. This means employees don’t have to install profiles on iOS and Android devices. It also means admins get added security management controls to help them: See which devices access corporate data in a single dashboard. Enforce passcodes and erase confidential data with selective account wipe for Android and iOS. Automatically protect Android and iOS devices, with no user intervention or device profile required. And you may have noticed we launched updates to Cloud Identity—a way for enterprises to manage users, apps and devices centrally. Cloud Identity includes user lifecycle management, account security, SSO, robust device and app management and unified reporting. Check it out.

  • Offering you more visibility and insights to stay ahead of potential threats – IT admins who operate in the cloud seek tools, visibility and assistive insights to stop threats or gaps in operations before they become security incidents. This is why we introduced the security centre for G Suite earlier this year. The security centre is a tool that brings together security analytics, actionable insights and best practice recommendations from Google to help you protect your organisation, data and users. Today, we are introducing additions to the security centre for G Suite including New security charts to show OAuth activity and Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam threats that are specifically focused on phishing emails that may not have links. New mobile management charts to help IT admins examine activity analytics and show when devices have been hijacked, rooted or jailbroken, as well as when other suspicious device activity has been detected. Ways to reorganise the dashboard to focus on what is most important to your organisation. Ways to analyse your organisation’s security health and get custom advice on security key deployment and protection against phishing scams.

  • Providing built-in protections and controls for Team Drives – Enterprises share and store an enormous amount of content, which means admins need more controls to keep this data protected. That’s why we are enhancing Team Drives with new security controls to give you more ways to safeguard highly-sensitive content. Now, your data can be protected by Information Rights Management (IRM) controls so you can feel confident that your company’s ideas stay “yours.”

  • Specific updates include the ability to modify settings for Team Drives to Limit file access privileges to Team Drives members, or only to users within your domain. Add IRM controls to prevent users from printing, downloading and copying files within Team Drives. These new security features for Team Drives will roll out over the next few weeks.

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20+ Google Security announcements from March

  • Chrome Enterprise: New enterprise mobility management (EMM) partnerships We announced four new partnerships with EMM providers to help IT admins manage and implement security policies across their full fleet of devices from a single place. Cisco Meraki, Citrix XenMobile, IBM MaaS360 with Watson, and ManageEngine Mobile Device Manager Plus now support Chrome Enterprise.

  • Chrome OS Active Directory enhancements: Building on our initial integration with Active Directory last August, we’ve added a number of enhancements to help admins manage Chrome OS alongside legacy infrastructure. These include the ability to authenticate to Kerberos and NTLMv2 endpoints on local networks directly from Chrome OS, support for common enterprise Active Directory setups like multiple domain scenarios, and improved existing certificate enrollment flows.

  • Expanded management capabilities in Chrome Browser and Chrome OS: Chrome Enterprise lets admins fine tune more than 200 security policies and grants secure, authorised employee access to online resources. This month, we added even more controls, including per-permission extension blacklisting, disabled sign-ins, and device-wide certificates.

  • Cloud Identity – Cloud Identity is a new, standalone Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solution that offers premium features such as account security, application management and device management in one place. With Cloud Identity, employees get simple, secure access to their business-critical apps and devices, while administrators get the tools they need to manage it all in one integrated console.

  • Google Cloud Platform – Access Transparency -Trust is paramount when choosing a cloud provider, and we want to be as open and transparent as possible. Access Transparency gives you near real-time logs when Google Cloud Platform administrators access your content, offering an audit trail of actions taken by Google engineers and support whenever they interact with your content on GCP.

  • Cloud Armor – our new Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and application defence service, is based on the same technologies and global infrastructure that we use to protect services like Search, Gmail and YouTube. Global HTTP(S) load balancing provides built-in defence against infrastructure DDoS attacks. Cloud Armor works in conjunction with global HTTP(S) load balancing and enables you to customise defences for your internet-facing applications. Its capabilities include IP blacklisting/whitelisting, geo-based access control, custom rules via a rules language and defence against application-aware attacks like SQL Injection.

  • Cloud Security Command Center (alpha – The new Cloud Security Command Center (Cloud SCC) is a security and data risk platform that lets you view, analyse, and monitor an inventory of your cloud assets, scan storage systems for sensitive data, detect common web vulnerabilities and review access rights to your critical resources—all from a single, centralised dashboard. Detect threats and suspicious activity with Google anomaly detection as well as security partners such as Cloudflare, CrowdStrike, Dome9, Palo Alto Networks, Qualys and RedLock.

  • The Cloud Data Loss Prevention (DLP) API Discover, classify and redact sensitive data at rest and in real-time with the DLP API, now generally available. And because it’s an API, you can use it on virtually any data source or business application, whether it’s on GCP services like Cloud Storage or BigQuery, a third-party cloud, or in your on-premises data centre.

  • FedRAMP Authorisation – GCP, and Google’s underlying common infrastructure, have received the FedRAMP Rev. 4 Provisional Authorisation to Operate (P-ATO) at the Moderate Impact level from the FedRAMP Joint Authorisation Board (JAB). Now, both G Suite and GCP have FedRAMP Moderate authorisations. Agencies and federal contractors can request access to our FedRAMP package by submitting a FedRAMP Package Access Request Form.

  • VPC Service Controls (alpha) – Currently in alpha, VPC Service Controls help enterprises keep their sensitive data private while using GCP’s fully managed storage and data processing capabilities. VPC Service Controls create a security perimeter around data stored in API-based GCP services such as Cloud Storage, BigQuery and Bigtable. This helps mitigate data exfiltration risks stemming from stolen identities, IAM policy misconfigurations, malicious insiders and compromised virtual machines.

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With new security and intelligent features, the new Gmail means business

  • Keep sensitive data secure with new Gmail security features – Keeping your data secure is our top priority, which is why last month, we introduced new phishing protections to help address Business Email Compromise (BEC) threats—or when someone impersonates an executive to get sensitive information. With these new protections, Gmail has helped block 99.9 percent of BEC attempts by warning users or automatically moving messages to spam for them. Today, we are introducing a new approach to information protection: Gmail confidential mode. With confidential mode, it’s possible to protect sensitive content in your emails by creating expiration dates or revoking previously sent messages. Because you can require additional authentication via text message to view an email, it’s also possible to protect data even if a recipient’s email account has been hijacked while the message is active.

  • Stay on top of email effortlessly using artificial intelligence in Gmail – New AI-powered features in Gmail, like Nudging, Smart Reply and high-priority notifications, can now help you spend more time on work that matters. Most of us get more emails than we can deal with at one time, and sometimes things slip through the cracks. With Nudging, Gmail will proactively remind you to follow up or respond to messages, making sure you don’t drop the ball.

  • Accomplish more from your inbox with easy-to-use tools We redesigned the Gmail web application to help you take action even quicker. Now you can see and click attachments in your inbox before ever opening a thread. You can also hover over messages (you don’t have to click into them) to do things like RSVP to a meeting invite, archive an email thread or snooze an email until the time is right.

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Build the Apps your business needs with App Maker

  • Apps to fill business gaps, built for your needs Analysts estimate that the right custom mobile app can save each employee 7.5 hours per week (that’s a week’s worth of lunch breaks!). Yet, too few businesses have the means, let alone the resources, to invest time and effort in building custom apps. Why? Because their IT budget centres on big enterprise apps like CRM, ERP and SCM and beyond those priorities, IT executives’ attention focuses on security and governance. App Maker was created to enable your line-of-business teams to build apps for the jobs these bigger apps don't tackle. With App Maker, you can revamp company processes like requesting purchase orders or filing and resolving help desk tickets, as if you designed and built the processes yourself.

  • Powerful new database model and governance, Since launching App Maker in our Early Adopter Program, we've made changes and added new features and improvements to make it even more useful for our customers. Open: App Maker now offers built-in support for Cloud SQL (GCP account required), offering high performance, scalability and convenience. It also supports a Bring Your Own Database (“BYODB”) model, letting you connect it to your own database using JDBC or a REST API. Fast: Responsive templates, samples, a drag-and-drop UI design and declarative data modelling make it easier for IT developers, or anyone who wants to automate work, to design and build apps even faster.

  • Connected: Whether it’s Gmail, Calendar or Sheets, App Maker makes it a cinch to connect with the data and services you need, all while making your apps more powerful. Plus, you can use Apps Script to access over 40 Google services, Google Cloud Platform and other third-party services that support JDBC and REST. Managed: G Suite administrators now have visibility over the apps running in their organisation including owners, usage metrics and OAuth permissions. Expanded OAuth Whitelisting controls mean administrators will also be able to prevent apps from running without their approval.

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Say Hello to the new Hire, a smarter, faster way to recruit

  • With the launch of Hire last year, we simplified the hiring process by integrating it into the tools where recruiters already spend much of their day—Gmail, Google Calendar and other G Suite apps. Recruiters tell us Hire has fundamentally improved how they work, with less context switching between apps. In fact, when we measured user activity, we found Hire reduced time spent completing common recruiting tasks—like reviewing applications or scheduling interviews—by up to 84 percent. But we wanted to do more.

  • Schedule interviews in seconds – Recruiters and recruiting coordinators spend a lot of time managing interview logistics—finding available time on calendars, booking rooms, and pulling together the right information to prep interviewers. To streamline this process, Hire now uses AI to automatically suggest interviewers and ideal time slots, reducing interview scheduling to a few clicks.

  • Auto-highlight resumes A huge portion of recruiters' time is spent reviewing resumes. Watching people interact with Hire, we found that they were frequently using “Ctrl+F” to search for the right skills as they scanned through a resume—a repetitive, manual task that could easily be automated. Using AI, Hire now automatically analyses the terms in a job description or search query and auto-highlights them on resumes, including synonyms and acronyms.

  • Click to call candidates Whether they are screening candidates, conducting interviews, or following-up on offers, recruiters often have dozens of phone conversations each day. This means spending a lot of time searching for phone numbers or logging notes. Hire now simplifies every phone conversation with click-to-call functionality, and automatically logs calls so team members know who has spoken with a candidate.

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Work reimagined: New ways to collaborate safer, smarter and simpler with G Suite

  • Over the last decade, we’ve witnessed the maturation of G Suite from the introduction of Gmail and Google Docs to more recent advancements in AI and machine learning that are powering and protecting, the world's email. Now, more than 4 million paying businesses are using our suite to reimagine how they work, and companies like Whirlpool, Nielsen, BBVA and Broadcom are among the many who choose G Suite to move faster, better connect their teams and advance their competitive edge.
  • Security centre investigation tool (available in an Early Adopter Program* for G Suite Enterprise customers)
  • Data regions (available now for G Suite Business and Enterprise customers)
  • Smart Reply in Hangouts Chat (coming soon to G Suite customers)
  • Smart Compose (coming soon to G Suite customers)
  • Grammar Suggestions in Google Docs (available in an Early Adopter Program for G Suite customers today)
  • Voice commands in Hangouts Meet hardware (coming to select Hangouts Meet hardware customers later this year)

Nothing matters more than security Businesses need a way to simplify their security management, which is why earlier this year we introduced the security centre for G Suite. The security centre brings together security analytics, actionable insights and best practice recommendations from Google to help you protect your organisation, data and users.

Data Regions for G Suite For organisations with data control requirements, G Suite will now let customers choose where to store primary data for select G Suite apps—globally distributed, U.S. or Europe. We are also making it simple to manage your data regions on an ongoing basis. For example, when a file’s owner changes or moves to another organisational unit, we automatically move the data—with no impact on the file’s availability to collaborators. Plus, users continue to get full edit rights on content while data is being moved.

Let machines do the mundane work We’ve spent many years as a company investing in AI and machine learning, and we are dedicated to a simple idea: rather than replacing human skills, we think AI has endless potential to enhance them. Google AI is already helping millions of people around the world navigate, communicate and get things done in our consumer products. In G Suite, we are using AI to help businesses and their employees do their best work. Many of you use Smart Reply in Gmail. It processes hundreds of millions of messages daily and already drives more than 10 percent of email replies. Today we are announcing that Smart Reply is coming to Hangouts Chat to help you respond to messages quicker so you can free up the time to focus on creative work.

Introducing grammar suggestions in Docs To solve grammar corrections, we use a unique machine translation-based approach to recognise errors and suggest corrections on the fly. Our AI can catch several different types of corrections, from simple grammatical rules like how to use articles in a sentence (like “a” versus “an”), to more complicated grammatical concepts such as how to use subordinate clauses correctly. Machine learning will help improve this capability over time to detect trickier grammar issues. And because it’s built natively in Docs, it’s highly secure and reliable. Grammar suggestions in Docs is available today in our Early Adopter Program.

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Helping Enterprises stay competitive with new updates to G Suite

In 1958, U.S. corporations remained on the S&P 500 index for an average of 61 years, according to the American Enterprise Foundation. Fast forward to today and companies are being replaced approximately every two weeks. In this rapidly changing market, traditional companies are looking for ways to stay competitive and more and more enterprises, including Nielsen, Colgate and Airbus, are turning to G Suite to help them reimagine how they work to keep pace.

We know that enterprises want to move to cloud-first collaboration to transform how they work, but, understandably, they have questions about how to make it work in a business of their size. What happens with email security? How can they manage their data? How does G Suite work with the tools and systems they already have in place?

  • New Gmail (Redesigned security warnings, Snooze, Offline Access and more generally available for G Suite users)
  • Cloud Search (being deployed by an initial set of customers)
  • Google Voice for G Suite (available in our Early Adopter Program*)
  • Drive Enterprise Sku (available for purchase)

Keeping Businesses and email secure Keeping your data secure is our top priority, which is why we use machine learning to analyse threat indicators across billions of messages in Gmail to help quickly identify potential security attacks in the making. Machine learning helps protect more than 1.4 billion active Gmail user accounts from nearly 10 million spam and malicious emails every minute. Today, we are making the new Gmail generally available to G Suite customers so that, in addition to these baked-in security features, more companies can take advantage of features like redesigned security warnings, snooze, offline access and more. You can learn more in this post.

Bringing the best of Google Search to Enterprise Searching through your company’s data should be as easy as doing a web search. But the reality is most companies’ information is spread across different silos and systems that don’t talk to each other, which makes finding things a lengthy chore. We introduced Cloud Search last year to make it easy to find information across G Suite in a way that’s intuitive and assistive. Today, we are announcing new Cloud Search functionality to help companies intelligently and securely index their third-party data beyond G Suite, whether that data is stored in the cloud, or on-prem.

Enabling smarter and easier collaboration We first introduced Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Meet hardware last year to make it easier for employees to collaborate with colleagues across the globe, be it face-to-face or via chat. Aside from bringing the best of video conferencing to businesses, we also want to create better telephony solutions so that employees can be more productive over the phone. For close to a decade, millions of consumers have used Google Voice to connect with folks across the globe. Now we are bringing an enterprise version of Voice to G Suite.


Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Google was named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms (CCP) for the second year in a row. Learn more about the new Drive Enterprise. We’ve also made a concerted effort to make it easier to use G Suite with existing legacy tools so that you can avoid interruptions at work. Whether it’s making sure your calendar details stay intact between Microsoft Exchange and Google Calendar, providing new ways to integrate Hangout Meet with existing hardware, making it easier to collaborate with teams outside of your domain and more, we are focused on building solutions to make your workday easier. Read more about our latest interoperability capabilities in this post.

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Google Cloud Next'18 was incredible!

From fantastic keynotes and fireside chats to GO-JEK CTO Ajey Gore appearing on-stage on a scooter to listening to Target CIO Mike McNamara we had an inspiring, educational and entertaining week at our flagship conference. We were joined by over 23,000 leaders, developers and partners from our Google Cloud community, listened to more than 290 customer speakers share their stories of business transformation in the cloud and took part in hundreds of breakout sessions. The theme of the conference was Made Here Together, and we are so grateful to everyone who attended and contributed to help build the cloud for everyone.

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Google Cloud Next — London

Some of the takeaways If you want to hear best practices for deploying G Suite (straight from customers):

If you need to understand how G Suite can help secure business data

If you want to build on G Suite to optimise work processes or see how G Suite tools work easily with other enterprise apps:

If you want tips on how to be more productive in G Suite or how AI can help:

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Documents and Version History

How many times have you worked in a document only to realise halfway through that you are editing an outdated version? Beyond being frustrating, this can cause confusion and slow down your project. One of the great things about working in cloud-native tools like G Suite is that everything is automatically saved. You never have to worry if you are working on the most up-to-date version of a document because your apps do that for you.

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