Google announced updates to deliver a single, integrated communication and collaboration solution to everyone via Google Workspace. Now, all of the company’s three billion-plus existing users across consumer, enterprise, and education have access to the full Google Workspace experience, including Gmail, Chat, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Meet. In addition to offering Google Workspace to everyone, the company announced new features that address specific challenges and opportunities of the hybrid work world:
- The evolution of Rooms in Google Chat to Spaces
- A new individual subscription offer: Google Workspace Individual
- New enhancements to Google Meet that enable collaboration equity
- New security and privacy capabilities across Google Workspace
With the introduction of Spaces, the Rooms experience in Google Chat will evolve into a dedicated place for organizing people, topics, and projects in Google Workspace. Google Workspace is also launching Workspace Individual, built to help individual business owners grow, run, and protect their business. This new subscription offering includes smart booking services, professional video meetings and personalized email marketing. Companion Mode in Google Meet gives every meeting participant access to interactive features and controls like polls, in-meeting chat, hand raising, Q&A, live captions, and more.
TeamViewer, a provider of remote connectivity and workplace digitalization solutions, announced a partnership with SAP. The companies are joining forces to drive the digital transformation of workplaces and processes in industrial environments. The partnership will help to better address the fast growing need of customers for enhanced, outcome-based services. It includes a technical integration of TeamViewer Frontline, an Augmented Reality (AR) based workflow and remote support suite for deskless workers, into SAP’s solutions for asset and service management as well as a joint go-to-market strategy with TeamViewer joining SAP’s partner program.
First joint use cases of the partnership will include remote AR-based, fast, and precise troubleshooting for maintenance and repair scenarios at SAP customers in industrial machinery and component manufacturing. Running on wearables like smart glasses, TeamViewer Frontline and its dedicated AR-based remote assistance solution allows remote experts to guide on-site workers in real time through complex processes without having to travel. The integration will help to ensure full auditability as all actions will be logged in the SAP software system automatically. These first use cases will be part of all worldwide go-to-market activities within the partnership.
Speech Processing Solutions announced the latest innovation to their web-based dictation and transcription solution, Philips SpeechLive. With the new desktop app for Windows, users can now dictate directly into any third-party applications including productivity applications Microsoft Word, Outlook or CRM software, to meet the increasing demand for efficient voice recognition and document creation processes within organizations. The new SpeechLive desktop app allows for a more user-friendly and convenient speech-to-text workflow, which saves the customer more time and avoids unnecessary errors which can be made by copying and pasting pieces of text from a different window. Philips SpeechLive now also comes with a new dedicated mobile app, which allows users to be productive on the go. The app rounds up the company’s software portfolio, allowing SpeechLive customers to turn their voice into text from anywhere, anytime.
Asana, Inc. announced a suite of features to eliminate distributed work distractions and help employees find their focus. The new productivity offerings enable people to reduce meetings with Video Messaging, prioritize their work with intelligent My Tasks, create time for focus with Clockwise’s smart calendar assistant, and quiet notifications with the Asana desktop app.
Video Messaging: In partnership with Vimeo, a video platform, Asana now offers Video Messaging, giving teams the ability to record short videos of themselves and/or their screen directly in Asana, and show work to teammates. Automated video transcripts become an accountable part of the plan of record housed in Asana’s Work Graph data model.
My Tasks: With the personal prioritization system, customers can now organize their work in Kanban, list, and calendar versions of their tasks.
Smart Calendar Assistant Integration: By entering the amount of time needed and when you want to work, Clockwise will automatically reserve time on your calendar to complete the task. Once scheduled, customers will see the task calendar event in their Google Calendar.
Asana Desktop App: Available on Mac and Windows, Asana’s desktop app has been purpose-built to block out noise and help focus.
https://asana.com ▪︎ https://vimeo.com
SocialChorus and Dynamic Signal, two high-growth SaaS companies in the digital employee experience (DEX) space, announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP) will make a significant new growth investment in SocialChorus and subsequently fund the combination with Dynamic Signal. In addition, senior management and existing investors of both companies will invest a meaningful stake into the transaction.
SocialChorus and Dynamic Signal are on a mission to transform how companies connect every worker with the right information at the right time. This combination will accelerate the move away from destination site delivery models to an orchestrated digital employee experience that fosters employee productivity and well-being.
SocialChorus and Dynamic Signal will unite under Gary Nakamura, CEO of SocialChorus, and an executive team comprised of Dynamic Signal and SocialChorus team members. Three representatives from the Dynamic Signal board of directors, including Eric Brown, CEO of Dynamic Signal, will join the current SocialChorus board of directors to form the board of the combined company.
https://dynamicsignal.com ▪︎ https://socialchorus.com
FileCloud 21.1, the latest version of the company’s cloud-agnostic enterprise file sync, sharing and data governance platform, places speed and security at the heart of its new update. FileCloud 21.1 is significantly faster than the previous version, with increased efficiency and the ability to handle higher loads. The system software applications have been upgraded for optimal performance on Apache, PHP, MongoDB and SOLR. The customer experience has also been enhanced, with a new, streamlined user interface along with the debut of a log-in wizard that makes setting up and changing the Drive configuration easy.
- Accessibility improvements mean that FileCloud is now compliant with VPAT Guideline 2.1, which requires that all functionality be available from the keyboard.
- Seamless integration with Microsoft Office allows users to take advantage of sensitivity labels that users can apply to files. These labels, which travel with the data in FileCloud, ensure security and compliance wherever the file travels.
- Admins are now tied to roles to make it easier to assign permissions. This gives more control when allowing access to the admin portal.
- FileCloud Drive will take advantage of Apple’s latest operating system, macOS Big Sur, running Apple silicon.
Kofax, a supplier of Intelligent Automation software for digital workflow transformation, announced the latest release of its Intelligent Automation Platform. Kofax TotalAgility, the workflow orchestration engine within the company’s Intelligent Automation Platform, has been enhanced with 50 new low-code, document intelligence, process orchestration and connected systems capabilities.
- Faster development of automation workflows. A new user experience extends low-code to more business users by empowering citizen developers and analysts to easily setup complex workflows. An enhanced business rules engine allows analysts to execute decision strategies by using visual condition rules and setting up custom services without needing to code.
- Expanded low-code support for cognitive capture. Nearly 90 percent of data generated today is unstructured. Kofax’s cognitive capture functionality enables professional developers to build advanced AI and Capture models, allowing them to train the system and effectively incorporate document intelligence.
- One-click document classification. Kofax TotalAgility enables citizen developers and business analysts to enhance advanced document classification models, empowering them to rapidly and visually train, identify and classify documents.
Studio Network Solutions (SNS), provider of workflow storage servers for professional media teams, announced that their easy-to-use ShareBrowser media asset management (MAM) software is now available as a workflow integration plugin for DaVinci Resolve Studio video editing software by Blackmagic Design. The new workflow integration provides access to the ShareBrowser MAM system from directly inside of DaVinci Resolve, allowing video editors to search, tag, preview, comment, and import media without leaving the Resolve video editing workspace. The ShareBrowser workflow integration plugin for Resolve is available to EVO users working in DaVinci Resolve Studio 17 or later. Both ShareBrowser and its integrated DaVinci Resolve plugin come included with EVO video editing servers at no additional cost.