This week the annual Google I/O Conference had the Internet buzzing. Many are already calling Google Home an Amazon Echo killer, and early adopters can’t wait to get their hands on the products that will come out of Google’s venture into virtual reality with Daydream. But the things that really made us jump for joy? The strides Google has made in making enterprise productivity a main focus through their newest APIs.
Google SVP Diane Greene touted the importance of enterprise on technology.
“There was a period in time where the energy was around consumer applications,” she wrote, “but we can now see that people are realizing just how much innovation can be done in the enterprise, and it’s enticing more and more developers.”
Google’s New APIs: More Time, More Decision-Making
Raise your hand if Google Drive has been an important asset in your workplace. Many companies take advantage of what it has to offer with its cloud capability and easy accessibility for businesses of all sizes. The newest Google APIs for Slides and Sheets has automated employee workflows in mind. Their newest integrations with third-party apps makes it easier to stay in sync, with automated workflows that keep data updated without manual interference and ease of use when it comes to pulling in the data that you want.
According to Tom Holman’s post on Google’s Apps Developer Blog, the new Sheets API will not only pull data into Sheets from the app, allowing users to collaborate on the data, but the new updated data will then be pushed back into the app. This quickly unites companies with multiple locations around the globe. With as a few steps as possible and no more manual exportation, there’s more likelihood of accuracy and little room for human mistake. Clearly, they’re not the only ones that know that you have better things to do than sit around and Ctrl + V your day way.
When it comes time to present that data, the Slides API gets rid of all the manual work of copying, pasting, and then fixing any formatting issues that pop up. Slides will truly be able to “polish” up any design flaws that may arise from multiple sources of data to create an attractive design — a huge plus for those of us that are swimming in tickets that need to be resolved, while trying to create exceptional reports for enterprise leaders. IT’s numbers will now be ready, waiting, and prepared for discussion (with minimal interference).
The Sheets API is already available for development, and the Slides API will be available in a few months.
Productivity and Beyond
“Google has never been more committed to the enterprise,” Greene wrote. “We’re excited to expose our APIs to enterprise developers who can now incorporate advanced technologies such as image recognition, speech recognition, location and maps, email and calendaring into their applications.”
Whereas some technology companies (cough, Apple) only have proprietary devices and diligently keep the riff raff out of their app store, Google continues to show why they’re the biggest innovator in technology. Software should be for everyone, meaning that no matter what tool you use, it’s compatible with their software. You don’t have to buy everything they offer or uproot your current apps in the process just to get the job done. Is there a better way to encourage adoption of your product than to seamlessly take the enterprise to new levels of productivity and service management? We don’t think so either.