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Atmosphere Live, Google first digital event on interactive media was attended by over 20,000 viewers and went ahead without a hitch for over three hours. The event is now available on demand and here are the two keynotes which caught our eye.

The Next Generation of Cloud (Scroll to 1.36) - Urs Hölze

At Google for 15 years, Urs Hölze is responsible for the technical infrastructure for all Google products and is the leader of their cloud business, Google Cloud Platform.  In his keynote, Urs explains that the debate has shifted from “Do we move to the Cloud” to “How do we move to the Cloud”.  Although most organisations mention simplicity, freedom from infrastructure complexity, ability to work anywhere and reducing their carbon footprint, the main driver remains the need for agility and innovation.

Developers spend 80% of their time on fix and fiddle and only 20% on the next thing.  Google’s mission is to inverse this and allow central IT to become the enabler of change, pushing business forward with shorter time to market and faster innovation rates.

Urs goes on to highlight the economics aspect of cloud and how Google keeps its commitment to Moore’s Law that states that overall processing power doubles every two years.  Although Google reset the economics of the cloud in March 2014 with billing per minute, he announced a further 10% drop on Compute Engine.  Incidentally, Urs also announced the opening of a 4th Data Centre in Europe, located in the Netherlands and reminded us that it is the only cloud company to operate carbon neutral data centres since 2007.

Inspired Innovation: Bringing Visionary Products to Market (scroll to 2.04) - Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai, SVP of the Android, Chrome and Apps teams for Google, explains how serving businesses is a natural evolution for Google.  Productivity is a founding goal for all their products and this started as far back as April 2004 when Gmail was launched.  Since then, Google Apps, the Doc suite of editors, has been a major area of focus and investment.  Google takes great care to get the suite to work across all platforms, online and offline and the goal of is to have full compatibility with Office.

Google Drive for Work has doubled to 240m active users, with 350% growth year on year on mobile.

The other areas of focus are computing platforms with Chrome and Android, which are part of the whole solution stack.  Chrome already works for companies with chromebooks which in just 18 months have moved from under 5% to close to 50% market share in the education sector. Their success come from the fact that they are easy to deploy, manage and scale.  The big wiin is also that they enable to bring computing to parts of the organisation which could not have it before.

The next big thing will Android for Work, the combination of Android and an ecosystem of Apps.  This is an important project and there are still of number of issues to resolve: how to make it easy to deploy lots of devices and keep them secure, how to segregate personal from corporate data, etc.

His advice to get started is to identify an important subset of the organisation to get on the journey, deploying either Apps or Chromebooks.  This gives everyone an opportunity to learn and take their first steps in the Cloud.

Published in Ancoris Blog
Friday, 07 February 2014 12:06

Google Chromebox for Meetings

Chromebox for Meetings combines Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in a low-cost, easy-to-manage Chromebox, making it simpler for any organisation to have high-quality video meetings without the need for expensive bespoke equipment. Now every meeting room can be a video-conference room and remote users can join from any device, PC, tablet or smartphone in their offices, on-the-road or at home. 

The best meetings are face-to-face: we can brainstorm openly, collaborate closely and make faster decisions. Meetings need to catch up with the way we work—they need to be face-to-face, easier to join, and available from anywhere and any device. Now they can be: Any company can upgrade their meeting rooms with a new Chromebox, built on the Chrome principles of speed, simplicity and security.

Meetings with anyone, anywhere

fm-features-meetingsMeet with anyone on any device – from the conference room, at home or on the road. Join meetings with up to 15 participants – meet with colleagues, or invite customers and partners.

Instant collaboration

One click from your remote starts the conversation – no more clunky dial-in codes. Share your screen wirelessly and collaborate on documents while you meet.

Easy to manage

Plug in your display, complete the setup wizard, and you’re done. Chromebox for meetings is always up to date with the latest features and security fixes. 24/7 support included.

Chromebox is powered by Chrome OS, which means it’s fast, secure and easy to manage. Management and support is covered by a $250 per device annual fee.

Google Hangouts integration with existing voice and video conference systems (option)

Leading VC vendor Vidyo has announced a new software-based solution "VidyoH2O™ for Google+ Hangouts" that enables H.323/SIP video conferencing and IP PBX systems to connect users into Google+ Hangout Sessions. The new product will extend usability by allowing connectivity with existing business voice and video solutions from Cisco, Polycom, Lifesize, Avaya and Vidyo and will be offered on a subscription basis both on-prem and as a cloud-hosted product. Please contact us for more information.

Specifications

fm-specs-chromeboxChromebox

4th generation Intel Core i7 processor
HDMI and DisplayPort++
4x USB3.0
Ethernet and built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n

fm-specs-cameraHD camera

Full HD 1080p (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels)
Automatically switches resolution based on available bandwidth
Carl Zeiss® lens with autofocus
Automatic low-light correction

fm-specs-speakersMicrophone / speaker

Wideband frequency response
Built-in DSP for speech clarity
Omni-directional microphone with noise filter
Mute, end call and volume buttons

fm-specs-remoteRemote control

Full QWERTY keypad on rear
RF based (no line of sight necessary)
Nano-sized USB adapter

Published in Google Chromebook

Although computers can seem like they're everywhere these days, there are still many jobs that have yet to be touched by IT. That's usually because previous generations of technology were either impractical – getting in the way of workers doing their jobs – or too expensive to deploy, maintain and support for a remote workforce numbering in the hundreds or thousands. Sometimes, both reasons applied.

In 2014, the combination of low-cost Android devices – in a variety of sizes and formats – and tools that allow custom cloud-based apps to be developed and deployed quickly and easily will allow organisations to transform the way staff work in areas that have traditionally not used IT. Google App Engine, for example, lets you prototype and deploy applications to users anywhere in hours, using the same robust and secure infrastructure that powers Google Apps, and lets you easily scale from a few users to thousands.

The result will be that tablets will increasingly replace paper for capturing data and allocating tasks in areas such as catering, retail, maintenance, warehousing and inspection.

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"Everyone is on gmail personally, so tools which work in the Google ecosystem are more popular,” said Antoine Lepine, HR Generalist at Demonware

Published in Appogee Products
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 15:40

ESNA manages absence with Appogee Leave

"A system that worked with Gmail and Google calendar was imperative”, explains Linda Ferrari, HR and Operations Manager at Esna

Published in Appogee Products

The first big storm of this winter got us thinking about how we deal with unexpected events, whether that's extreme weather preventing our staff getting into work or a more local emergency like a flood, fire or burglary at our offices.

Business continuity isn't the first reason (or even the fifth!) why we and our customers choose to use Google Apps for Business, but we've been reminded that the way Google Apps is designed lets us easily minimise the disruption to our business caused by snow, storms, floods and other disasters.

  • Because all our work is automatically saved in the cloud, we can access our email, calendars, documents and sites, and work securely, no matter where we are and what device we're on.
  • Hangouts let us hold impromptu face-to-face chats if we're stuck at home, as easily as walking across the office to someone else's desk. We can even hold meetings with a dozen or more people if we need to. Not to mention everyone being able to look at the same document, make edits at the same time, and see the changes everyone else has made, without needing to be in the same room.
  • We don't have to worry about losing data if something happens to a particular machine. That doesn't just apply to fire-damaged desktops or stolen laptops: because Google's infrastructure replicates our work across multiple servers in multiple data centres when it's saved to the cloud, we can go on working even if a whole data centre goes down, knowing we'll be seamlessly redirected to our data in another location.
  • It doesn't even matter if we're using a completely different kind of device than the one we usually use: Google Apps provides a consistent experience across all platforms and browsers.

We were lucky this time that our offices and our people weren't seriously affected by this morning's storm. Only one member of staff wasn't able to make it into work because of travel problems, but he's being just as productive working from home – and able to collaborate just as easily with the rest of us – as if he was here. We're glad we can rely on Google Apps to help smooth over the bumps in the road when the unexpected happens.

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A technology company which makes online sharing and storing easier has made it into the finals of three national awards.

Ancoris, based in Lily Hill Park, Lily Hill Road, Bullbrook has been named as a double finalist in both the UK IT Industry Awards and the Channel Re-seller Awards, as well as reaching the finals of the E-Learning Awards 2013.

The businesses, whose Bracknell office was opened by Councillor Shelagh Pile Bracknell Town mayor last year, sells and manages Google Apps after acquiring Cloud Skills, a provider of e-learning and training services, and Google Cloud Platform development specialist, Appogee.

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Google Enterprise integrator Cloud Sherpas has swallowed London-based cloud consulting minnow Stoneburn Software Services.

The terms of the cash deal was not disclosed but it is unlikely the owners of SSS will be able to retire, as the firm turned over less than £5m in the last filed accounts at Companies House.

David Nottingham, CEO at US-based Cloud Sherpas, which already has offices employing 70 staff was talking big after closing the deal, predicting the group will exit 2013 with revenues of $150m.

"The UK and Western European cloud and Google Enterprise markets have very quickly transitioned from early adopter phase to established businesses," he said in a canned statement.

Roughly 10 per cent of Cloud Sherpas biz is generated in Western Europe, already he claimed.

SSS is a Premier Google Apps and Google Search partner, accredited across EMEA. It sells to small and medium sized enterprises in retail, media, manufacturing, and transportation/ logistics. It also flogs ServiceNow and salesforce.com.

Ciaran Cosgrave, co-founder at SSS will become veep for Cloud Sherpas Google business unit in the UK and his business partner Nazir Ul-Ghani is to become head of sales for Cloud Sherpas Google division.

David McLeman, boss at rival Google integrator Ancoris, told us consolidation in the cloud channel is "likely to continue" - his firm has acquired Google partners Cloud Skills and Appogee.

"Google Apps remains strong," he told us, "future growth is also [expected] from new areas as Google offers new services such as their Cloud Platform which competes with AWS and the new platform offerings in the Geo space such as the Google Map Engine". 

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“Collaboration is a big deal for us – we’re linking up with international clients and partner agencies all the time.”
— Simon Corbett, Managing Director, Jargon PR

“With Google Apps, you don’t even need to think about whether or not it is going to work – it just does”
—  James Cole, IT Director, World Trade Group

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Ancoris and Chromebooks

Ancoris Managing Director, David McLeman, was interviewed today on Bloomberg TV. The interview with Maryam Nemazee on "The Pulse", covered the impact of Cloud Computing, Google Apps for Business and the Google Chromebooks, which were released today, and discussed the impact of the combination on the cost of ownership of the corporate desktop.

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Ericom Software, a leading global provider of application access and virtualization solutions and Ancoris have signed a partnership agreement that gives Ancoris the rights to market  Ericoms AccessNow, a high performance HTML5 RDP zero client, and Power WebConnect, a centralized management solution and the #1 Alternative to Citrix “ to organisations that are turning to native cloud applications but still…

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In 2009, we started our transition to cloud services both for our business, as a Google Premier Enterprise Partner, but also for our own internal applications. As we started this change we were very aware that the transition to the cloud was a journey and not an event. Like many of our customers we wanted to benefit immediately from cloud…

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Ancoris is delighted to have been selected as a UK partner in Google's Chromebook Reseller Pilot Program. The launch of the Chromebook, as the first enterprise ready web-only device, complements the increasing momentum of both the Chrome browser and Google Apps platform in the corporate marketplace. The Chromebook Reseller Pilot Program enables us to supply Google Chromebooks bundled together with…

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Choosing a partner for Google Apps deployment

Ancoris is the UK's most experienced Google partner and one of the few top tier Google Apps Premier Enterprise Reseller and Google Cloud Platform development services partners. Since 2008, when we were the initial pilot partner in the UK, Ancoris has helped many UK and Irish headquartered companies to "Go Google". Our long track record of success with Google includes over 80…

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Google recommends engagement with partners for Google Apps for deployment and support and views their partners as a critical component of the customer experience. Google depends on their partners to provide: local customer relationships and expertise personalized reach a broad set of complementary services What are the benefits of purchasing through a reseller? Resellers provide essential services that allow customers…

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Ancoris is a UK Google for Work Premier Partner, one of the first to be elevated to Premier status in the Google Apps Reseller program. As a full Google for Work Premier Partner we are certified to supply Google Apps for Business and Google Drive for Work to large enterprises as well as mid-sized and small businesses. We can supply Google Apps for…

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