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: