Google Launches Springboard Enterprise Search Tool and Updates Google Sites

Organizations have long touted tools their ability to identify key information within the enterprise as being "Google-like." Now, with a recent introduction, Google itself is providing a new search tool for the enterprise.

The vendor, whose name has become synonymous for search, made two key announcements for enterprise customers, with the most notable being its new search tool called Springboard, which, the company says, will help to address the challenges that knowledge workers face trying to locate information.

Springboard was announced in a Google for Work blog post written by Prabhakar Raghavan, VP of engineering, Google Apps. The announcement was made in conjunction with Google Atmosphere, Google’s global enterprise event series, as it reached Tokyo.

According to Raghavan, Google Springboard will help users find the right information that they need at the moment that they need it.

“It searches quickly and easily across all of your information in Google Apps including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, Contacts and more. Springboard also assists you throughout your workday by proactively providing useful and actionable information and recommendations,” said Raghavan.

In addition, he said that Google Sites has been updated, making it easier for employees to share information within their company.

With the new Google Sites, he said, users can build pages to aggregate and distribute content across their enterprise, optimized for every screen.

“A new intuitive drag-and-drop design experience supports real-time collaboration by multiple editors, just like in Docs, and offers easy access to all your content from Calendar, Docs, Drive, Maps and more," Raghavan wrote.  "The new Sites also includes themes and layouts designed to scale and flex to any screen size, so they’re as useful when you access them on the 30-inch monitor at your desk or your smartphone on your commute.”

The Google Springboard tool and the new Google Sites product have already been previewed with a small set of customers, and are being extended to more customers through a Google Springboard Early Adopter Program and a Google Sites Early Adopter Program