Google is investing significantly in artificial intelligence to power its search engines, and on Monday it announced how it's applying those investments to the enterprise sphere.
At its global enterprise event series, Google Atmosphere, in Tokyo on Monday, Google executives unveiled Google Springboard, a new app that helps users find the information they need more efficiently. Springboard searches for information across all Google Apps, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Drive, Contacts and others. It also assists users by proactively providing "actionable" information and recommendations, Prabhakar Raghavan, vice president of engineering for Google Apps, said in a blog post.
Raghavan noted that according to a McKinsey survey, the average knowledge worker spends the equivalent of a full day a week searching for and gathering information.
Meanwhile, Google on Monday also announced a redesigned version of Google Sites, one the most popular products for enterprise customers. Google Sites allows users to quickly and easily create internal or external websites.
The new version allows for content aggregation and distribution, optimized for every screen. It includes new themes and layouts designed to adjust for any screen size. The new Sites also allows for real-time collaboration by multiple editors, as Google Docs already does.
Google has previewed the new apps with a small group of customers and is now opening them up to more customers through Early Adopter Programs for both Springboard and Google Sites.