Every year, I eagerly peruse the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies lists for ideas of businesses to features or write about for my various blogs and media outlets. As I skimmed this year's version, I couldn't help but notice that several companies I have featured prominently here in Next-Gen Partner in the past few months are featured in the ranking, which gauges cumulative growth over the past three years. Which cloud integrators and brokers are growing at a healthy clip? Here are some of the ones I have been watching (listed in alphabetical order), along with a couple that I'm adding to my list after seeing this ranking. I'm listing each company's revenue as of the end of 2012, and I'm only including ones that grew more than 100 percent during the timeframe considered. I'm sure I'll uncover more as I dig deeper. BlueWolf ($90.4 million) - The long-time integrator of software as a service (SaaS) solutions. Cloud Sherpas ($75.3 million) - Skilled in integrating Google, … [Read more...] about Cloud integrators prominent among nation’s fastest growing businesses
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The Google Cloud Platform is gearing up to expand its partner program for companies offering training tied to the infrastructure. From a bird's eye perspective, the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program is held up by two pillars: Technology partners providing tools to integrate functions with the Google Cloud Platform and Service partners, which offer consulting about implementing services on Google Cloud Platform products. A few examples of partners already onboard include Riverbed, Cloud Sherpas, and New Relic. These partners are providing help for products such as the Google App Engine, Compute Engine, and Cloud Storage. Google asserted that it has 161 partners enrolled in the program. Mark Hodgson, head of global partner programs at Google, stressed the importance of third party resources in a blog post on Thursday, explaining that "these organizations provide everything from hands-on deployment and technical support to customized application development." The partner program also … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform adds another tier to partner program
Less than one year after it expanded its Google mapping technology practice, SADA Systems has earned Premier Reseller status as a Google Enterprise Maps partner. The integrator already held this elite designation for Google Apps. The new certification enables SADA to provide a series of comprehensive consulting, integration and support services related to Google Maps for Business. The platform lets companies create geographic information systems and geospatial applications that are unique to their organization. For example, maps could sit behind a company's dealer information database to help potential customers find places to buy products. Google Maps also could be useful for field services teams or just to help visualize a company's business intelligence, such as sales trends, along geographic dimensions. As of mid-2013, SADA, based in North Hollywood, Calif., had migrated more than 4 million users to the Google cloud offerings. It is also a top-level partner for the various … [Read more...] about SADA ups its Google mapping game with Premier partner status
Google Cloud on Tuesday unveiled a series of steps it's taking to strengthen its partner program, such as simplifying requirements, creating new partner incentives, and introducing new partner specializations -- along with a new collection of partners recognized in those areas. "Google Cloud partners are essential to our commitment to help enterprises innovate faster, scale smarter and stay secure," Bertrand Yansouni, VP of Google's Global Partner Sales and Strategic Alliances, wrote in a blog post. "An open platform encompassing diverse partners maximizes the possible surface of innovation for customers, letting them move more quickly." To help customers in need of specific support services as they transition to the cloud, Google is recognizing partners with technical proficiency and demonstrated customer success in a handful of categories. The new specializations are in app development, data analytics, machine learning and infrastructure. The below partners are recognized in these … [Read more...] about Google Cloud expands and invests in partner program
Demonstrating a seemingly small yet important evolutionary step from today's predominantly desktop-bound world of apps and storage to tomorrow's work of cloud-based IT services, Google partner Memeo has unveiled an intriguing upgrade to its Memeo Connect app: the capability for users to seamlessly save files to a hosted hard drive with the same ease that they can save files to a local drive or to an organization's storage network.With Memeo Connect 2.0, end-users have access to a logical drive, dubbed the GDrive, that integrates with a computer's file system. Though it's effectively a virtual hard drive residing in the cloud, hosted by Google, the GDrive looks and functions exactly like any drive a user would access on his or her machine: It can store any type of file, including executables. It has a clickable icon that can be opened to view contents. Users can drag and drop files to and from the GDrive for copying, or save files to it directly from any application. [ Also on … [Read more...] about Memeo Connect brings Google-hosted cloud storage to desktops
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt described Google's mindset as, "There is what I call the creepy line. And the Google policy about a lot of these things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it." There seems to be a growing global consensus that Google crossed way past the creepy line long ago.The scorecard is full of "evil" tally marks against Google. There was a global-scale scandal from Google Wi-Spy privacy investigations, after Google had untruthfully claimed it only collected "fragments" of data from homes and had even filed a patent in 2008, which wasn't published until 2010, that fits closely with what the Street View cars collected. Then this February, Consumer Watchdog called for hearings to determine why Google collected partial Social Security numbers from children for its Doodle 4 Google contest. The watchdog group has also called into question Google's relationship with the NSA and if that relationship has both benefited and protected Google.Congressman John … [Read more...] about Will Google’s legal woes define how far it crossed the creepy line?
After conquering the search world, Google is now pushing hard to be a major provider of business software, tackling longtime dominator Microsoft over productivity and collaboration apps. But does this company, most famous for free consumer-oriented offerings like search and basic apps, have what it takes to be taken seriously by business? Can you really rely on Google Apps?Slideshow: 10 Great Google Apps Add-Ons for the Enterprise Slideshow: 10 Cool Things You Didn't Know About GoogleKen Godskind thinks so. The chief strategy officer at AlertSite moved his company's 45 employees to the Premier Edition of Google Apps in late 2008. He likes the fact that he gets not only e-mail but word processing, spreadsheets, a Web-based calendar, Web-based collaboration, Google Talk, and Google Video for $50 a year per user. That's a third or less of what he would pay to get the same from an internal, Microsoft-based environment.[ The InfoWorld Test Center pits Google Docs versus Microsoft Office … [Read more...] about Can Google Really Hack it in Business?
While Google is often cited as having a golden touch, the company's productivity application suite is still a mere bronze competitor to Microsoft's Office and collaboration tools despite upgrades over the past year that focused on evolving and securing the online tools for corporate users.Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE), the vendor's $50 per user productivity suite targeted at businesses, has proven worthy in certain situations, most involving universities or small and midsize businesses (SMB) looking to cut costs. [ For more analysis of Google Apps' chances of dislodging Microsoft Office, read "Can Google Apps move up market?" | And discover the top-rated IT products as rated by the InfoWorld Test Center. ]The platform, however, still lacks some key features for large companies that build applications around productivity tools and demand tight integration and security, along with administrative controls.GAPE is made up of messaging, including Google Gmail, Calendars and Talk; … [Read more...] about Google Apps still trying to win over corporate users
Google App Engine (aka GAE) allows you to run web programs on Google servers, similar to Amazon Web Services (although it should be stressed that GAE is PAAS and AWS is IAAS - Infrastructure as a Service - so the two are not entirely alike).That sounds simple enough, but it's basically like saying an airplane flies you from point A to point B - there's a lot of details involved behind the scenes. I like this concept because, in my view, the original notion of the "cloud" involved moving services (email) and storage (file shares) out of the local data center. GAE applies to applications themselves which I find a more intriguing and advanced concept due to my infrastructural roots.GAE is not a new thing; it has been in use for several years now in corporate environments both large and small. It boasts scalability, a broad set of APIs, a software development kit (SDK) for creating apps, and an administration console to control and monitor programs. These apps must also comply with … [Read more...] about Google App Engine: Taking the cloud to the next level
From its humble beginning with Google App Engine back in 2008, Google has grown its Google Cloud Platform into one of the premier cloud computing platforms in the market today. While it is still following its top competitors AWS and Microsoft Azure, Google has continued to make investments in Google Cloud Platform that make the product more attractive to big customers.To help CXOs, IT leaders, operations administrators, and developers better understand Google's role as a cloud provider, we've put together the most important details and resources in this smart person's guide. This is a "living" article that will be updated and refreshed as new, relevant information becomes public. SEE: All of TechRepublic's smart person's guides What it is: Google Cloud Platform, as the name implies, is a cloud computing platform that provides infrastructure tools and services for users to build on top of. Why it matters: Google Cloud Platform is regarded as the third biggest cloud provider in … [Read more...] about Google Cloud Platform: The smart person’s guide