Google Apps Introduces Springboard, A New Search Tool

On Tuesday, June 14, at Google Atmosphere in Tokyo, Google introduced a new Google Apps search tool called Springboard. 

According to InformationWeek, the new search tool will help Google for Work customers to find content more efficiently. The search engine giant also introduced a revised version of Google Sites.

For the moment, the latest additions to Google's enterprise portfolio are not publically released. The two apps are rather being made available through an Early Access Program to Google for Work administrators.

Google used to make innovations immediately available to customers via cloud computing. But since Google's enterprise business is being run by industry veteran Diane Greene, the company has slowed down things for the enterprise customers.

Product management director for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, Ryan Tabone, explained that one of the issues when it comes to the enterprise it is difficult to distribute corporate content at the right time, to the right people. He added that what complicates things is the fact that corporate content can exist in many different business groups and different locations, with different sharing rights.

With Google Springboard is possible for the users of Google for Work to perform keyword searches across all of their Google Apps content. The Springboard search tool performs a function similar to the Google Search Appliance, but rather to look for content stored in corporate databases and repositories such as Documentum and SharePoint, it searches in Google's cloud.

While the content is customized for the users, Springboard is unified in one search results page. The application aims to make it easier to find and distribute corporate information.

According to the Verge, with the right permissions set by Google for Work administrators, Springboard can find content throughout Google Apps, in Docs, Drive, Calendar, Gmail, Slides, Sheets and more. The application is also able to assist users by proactively providing useful recommendations and information.

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