Google recognizes key cloud partners at first global summit

Summary:In late February, the cloud apps giant held its first global partner summit, signaling its heightened investment in integrators and VARs that can help businesses make the cloud migration.

A few days ago, I highlighted a number of cloud integrators, VARs and consulting companies that have risen to the top of Amazon Web Services' cloud partner program . Google, likewise, has recognized a "Premier" designation in its own partner program since 2011, but it didn't hold the first partner summit until a few weeks ago — convening approximately 400 executives in Mountain View, California, in late February to share best practices and get some training.

Amit Singh, president of Google Enterprise, addresses about 400 executives during the company's first global partner summit. Image: ZDNet

In his Google Enterprise blog post about the event, Mark Hodgson, head of global partner programs for Google Enterprise, re-voiced his team's commitment for the 6,000-plus partner strong network.

For one thing, the company plans to invest in a partner university to raise the bar when it comes to partner technical skills. Google is also extending its Premier elite designation to cover its Google Search appliance and the new reseller program focused on Maps for Business, Hodgson said.

The Premier partnership level is reserved for IT services companies that have proven their competency to Google in a variety of ways, including number of customers, accounts under management, number of certified professionals, number of published customer success stories, and so on.

During the event, Google also named five global partners of the year for certain areas of expertise. They are:

  • Softbank (Japan): Google Apps — Customer Acquisition

  • Cloud Sherpas (USA and APAC): Google Apps — Implementation

  • Onix Networking (USA): Enterprise Search

  • SPH (Korea): Maps for Business

  • PA Consulting (UK and USA): Cloud Platform

Search for a Google Enterprise Partner (you can filter by location, and by whether or not the partner holds Premier status).

Topics: Cloud, Channel


Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism lif... Full Bio

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