Monthly Archives: February 2016

Euralis grows with Google, thanks to AODocs’ document management capabilities



Editor's note: Today we hear from Ignacio Eceiza, head of Global IT projects at Euralis, a food and agriculture company with an annual revenue of $1.7B. Read how this innovative company is using Google Apps for Work with AODocs to help manage their documents, create workflows and go paperless, creating a faster, more agile business. You can also register here to join our Hangout on Air, on March 15 at 9 a.m. to learn more about how AODocs, a Google Apps for Work partner, can improve your business. 
Euralis started out as a cooperative venture when a group of local wheat farmers in southwest France came together to sell their crops. Nearly 80 years later, we’ve grown to over 5,000 employees around the world who bring high-quality food to market, from seed selection and poultry rearing to the harvesting and selling of the agricultural products. In addition to our employees, we bring together over 12,000 farmers to accomplish our mission. Collaboration remains a core part of who we are.

We have 130 farming and production sites for wheat, cereal, poultry, wine and vegetables; 14 processing plants to prepare these items for distribution; and we market in more than 120 countries across 5 continents — our annual revenue is $1.7B. To accomplish all this, our team needs the tools to work together across diverse environments, in different languages and timezones, within an industry that’s subject to strict quality regulations.


Going Google

Three years ago, when we wanted to improve our document management infrastructure, we moved to Google for Work with AODocs. We had compared Apps with AODocs against IBM Lotus Quickplace and Microsoft Sharepoint, and going Google was the obvious choice. The user interface of Google Drive with AODocs was easy to adopt and we could tailor workflows and views in AODocs without requiring much help from the IT department. We were also convinced by the ease of migration, the improvement we’d see in the quality compliance processes and the opportunity to reduce our environmental impact.


AODocs and Drive make it an easy move to Google

In addition to giving us all the features we had on our legacy system, AODocs also provided ready-to-use tools that let us migrate our existing content easily into Google Drive. The migration project started in 2014, with multiple document libraries used for human resources, quality policies and ISO 9001 compliance. We trusted AODocs with these critical documents because they were the first enterprise content management solution fully integrated with Google Drive, and their product could be easily configured for a variety of needs, without customized development. We also had peace of mind because of the excellent support of the AODocs team whenever we had questions or needed help.

AODocs and Drive, a perfect fit for quality and regulatory compliance

Of course, quality is paramount in the food business, and from farm to warehouse to table, each and every one of us on the team had a part to play in maintaining this quality for our customers. AODocs on Google Drive made it easier to put more attention and focus on quality. Our intranet portal, which uses Google Sites with embedded customized views from AODocs, ensures that we have quick access to all the latest quality-related documents and processes we rely on.


Going paperless with AODocs on Drive

With the powerful workflow engine we gained by choosing AODocs on Google Drive, and AODocs’ ability to integrate with SAP, we’ve transformed a formerly complex network of invoicing and purchase processing with multiple custom-built applications on our legacy IBM infrastructure into a simplified, paperless system.

Our accountants can now send invoices to AODocs by email directly from the scanner. AODocs then manages the entire validation workflow and sends notification emails to the corresponding managers. Our managers are often traveling, and they love that they can validate the documents on their smartphone, by simply reviewing notification emails and clicking the validation links.

Furthermore, our managers can configure and update their AODocs applications the way they want, without involving IT as much. Teams are more agile, and now the company has more resources to focus on important goals, like feeding the world.



Want to know why your application is slow? Cloud Trace’s new features can help.

Since releasing Cloud Trace for Google Cloud Platform beta last year, thousands of developers have been using the service to improve their applications’ performance. Today, we’re adding more features and functionality, based on feedback from our beta users.

Here’s a shortlist of the latest updates:

1. Automatic tracing and performance analysis for all App Engine projects

Cloud Trace now automatically instruments Google App Engine applications. It continuously evaluates all App Engine requests and periodically analyzes each endpoint-level traces to identify performance bottlenecks and insights. It looks for suboptimal patterns in RPC calls and provides recommendations to fix them.

Here's how it works:

Cloud Trace currently analyzes billions of traces daily and generates millions of reports. It continuously inspects your application requests for a number of things such as memcache size, datastore batch size, cursors usage and other data and it looks for opportunities to optimize your application performance.

For example, using a cursor to make datastore queries may be more optimal than using an offset when the offset is large. When Cloud Trace observes a call pattern with an offset that slows down the application, it surfaces an insight with a recommendation to use cursors. We're continuously refining existing insights and adding new insights to Cloud Trace to provide accurate and actionable suggestions.

2. Latency shift detection

Cloud Trace builds analysis reports for the most frequently used endpoints, and now we can use these reports to determine changes in your application’s latency. Using our latency shift detection algorithms, we can surface significant and minor changes in your application latencies when there's a noticeable change. You can access this feature directly from the Analysis Reports tab within Cloud Trace.

3. Use Trace API to trace custom workloads

If you have your own custom workloads that you wish to trace and analyze, the Cloud Trace API and Trace SDK can now be used to optimize the performance of those workloads. The Cloud Trace API can be used to add custom spans to a trace. A span represents a unit of work within a trace, such as an RPC request or a section of code. For custom workloads, you can define your custom start and end of a span using the Cloud Trace SDK. This data is uploaded to Cloud Trace, where you can leverage all the Trace Insights and Analytics features mentioned above. Currently Cloud Trace SDK is available for Java and Node.js. A REST API is available for all other languages.

4. Intuitive UI with a focus on developer workflows

The new Trace Overview page brings together all the Cloud Trace goodness into a simple unified view. The page summarizes the various performance insights gleaned from your application traces. It also summarizes the latencies for each application endpoint and the latencies associated with your most frequently called RPCs. The latest analysis report is readily available on the overview page.


Many users have often expressed a desire to analyze Traces when viewing logs or when viewing the health of App Engine projects. Trace is now accessible from the Logs Viewer in Cloud Console and from the App Engine dashboard. If you're using Google Cloud Monitoring, then you'll now be able to navigate to a relevant and filtered set of Traces from your monitoring dashboard.
Stay tuned for more Cloud Trace improvements over the coming weeks, including expanded support for Google Compute Engine and Google Container Engine as well as more detailed auto analysis and insights. As always, we love direct feedback and will be monitoring Stack Overflow for issues and suggestions.

If you haven’t tried Cloud Trace to optimize your application performance, go ahead and give it a try! If you're attending GCP NEXT 2016, check out the talk “Diagnostics - Spend less time diagnosing and more time developing” to learn more about Cloud Trace and all the other development tools available on Google Cloud Platform to manage your applications.

- Posted by Sharat Shroff, Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform

Easily add pit stops to your trips – all over the world, on Android and iPhone

Life is full of the unexpected—things that send us scrambling for a gas station in the middle of nowhere, looking up a florist on our way home from work or searching for a restaurant as we tour the back roads of our latest vacation destination. Finding and navigating to these last-minute pit stops used to force you out of navigation mode in Google Maps—and away from the traffic updates, turn-by-turn directions and map you rely on to stay on track.

That changed last October with an update to Google Maps for Android that lets you add detours to your route, without ever leaving navigation mode. And starting today, this feature will start rolling out on iOS as well, in any country where we offer navigation—more than 100 worldwide. So no matter where you’re from, where you are, or whether you use Android or iPhone, making a pit stop is now a breeze. Here’s how it works on the iPhone:


When you're in navigation mode, simply tap the magnifying glass at the top right corner of the screen to see a menu of helpful options for places you might need to stop at, like gas stations, grocery stores, or restaurants. If the drop-down options aren’t what you need, you can tap the search icon or use voice commands to search by specific name or category to find what you’re looking for. Search results include ratings and the estimated amount of time the detour will add to your trip, so you can choose the one that’s best for you.

Whether you're running an errand in your own backyard or roadtripping through a foreign land, Google Maps helps you get where you’re going, even if you have to make some stops along the way.

Posted by: Aditya Dhanrajani, Google Maps Product Manager

Source: Google LatLong


And the (search) envelope goes to…

Time to brush up on your movie trivia -- it’s almost Oscar night! Out of the major entertainment awards shows, the Oscars are the most popular in Canada in terms of search volume, and as we discovered in previously patterns in search behavior can help us predict which stars will go home with shiny gold statues.

Best Picture
Want help with your Oscar pool? There’s no telling which film will win, but over the past year, the title of top film in Search is The Revenant.
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Best Actor and Best Actress
All of the Best Actor and Best Actress Nominees have all shown an upward trend in search volume since nominations were announced. When you compare search query volumes for this year’s nominees over the past year, Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) appear to be Canada’s favourites to win their categories.
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Best Supporting Actor and Actress
Among this year’s nominees, Kate Winslet saw a huge surge in search volume in January following her nomination. But it is Canada’s sweetheart Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) is the most popular—searches for Rachel in the last 12 months outpace any of the other leading ladies. In the Best Supporting Actor category, Tom Hardy leads in search popularity in Canada, for his role in The Revenant.
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Of course, we don’t have a Magic 8-Ball or access to the names in those top-secret envelopes, so our predictions are just that -- but it’s always enjoyable to look at how what people are interested in online plays out in the real world.

Stay up to date on what’s trending on Google in Canada, as we release real-time trends before, during and after this year’s awards ceremony!

Posted by Jenn Kaiser, Communications Manager, Google Canada

Coffee with Identity Platform Product Manager Steven Soneff

Posted by Laurence Moroney, Developer Advocate

Coffee with a Googler catches up with Steven Soneff, Product Manager for the Google Identity Platform to talk about Smart Lock for Passwords. If you’re not familiar with it, this is a terrific technology that takes the hassle out of signing in across devices to your favorite apps and websites. Smart Lock can save passwords to your Google account, and then help you use your passwords securely and conveniently on the websites you use in Chrome and the apps you use in your Android devices.

Steven demonstrates use of Smart Lock with Netflix, where at home he may sign in with the browser on his desktop, but over coffee he signs in using his smartphone. We discuss the great blog post that Steven wrote about Smart Lock, showing how it works, and how you can code your Android applications to use it. To learn more about the Google Identity Platform, check out the developers site here.

Standing with Louisville

We were heartened and encouraged when, a few weeks ago, the City of Louisville, Kentucky unanimously passed an ordinance that paves the way for its residents having access to faster and better broadband. So yesterday when we heard that AT&T was suing the City of Louisville for passing this so-called “One Touch Make Ready” rule, we were disappointed.

Google Fiber stands with the City of Louisville and the other cities across the country that are taking steps to bring faster, better broadband to their residents. Such policies reduce cost, disruption, and delay, by allowing the work needed to prepare a utility pole for new fiber to be attached in as little as a single visit—which means more safety for drivers and the neighborhood. This work would be done by a team of contractors the pole owner itself has approved, instead of having multiple crews from multiple companies working on the same pole over weeks or months. One Touch Make Ready facilitates new network deployment by anyone—and that's why groups representing communities and fiber builders support it, too.

Google Fiber is disappointed that AT&T has gone to court in an effort to block Louisville's efforts to increase broadband and video competition. We are confident the City's common-sense initiative will be upheld.

In response to the lawsuit yesterday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer was quoted as saying, "We will vigorously defend the lawsuit filed today by AT&T. Gigabit fiber is too important to our city's future." Mayor Fischer, we couldn’t agree with you more, and stand with you.

Posted by Chris Levendos, Director of National Deployment and Operations, Google Fiber

Explore, compare and book flights with Google in Portugal

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Whether you’re traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona or Porto to Ponta Delgada, Google Flights can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. Starting today, you can use Google.pt or www.google.pt/flights to quickly explore, compare and book flights — from your mobile device, tablet or desktop. And you’ll be able to search in Portuguese, see local content, and all prices will default to Euros.


If you’re still trying to figure out where you’d like to visit and the best time to go — try using our new flexible destination search feature that lets you explore based on dates, destinations and interests like: beaches, adventure travel, honeymoons and winter sports.

Want to escape the wet, winter weather and head some place warm? Choose “1 week”, “March” and “Islands” to see popular destinations — with the best time to visit those destinations and the lowest price available to get there. Scroll through the suggestions and click on one of the tiles that interests you — you’ll see a snapshot of the least expensive flight and hotel options available (with price, stops and duration for flights — and 5, 4 and 3 star ratings noted for hotels).

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Another fun and easy way to explore your options is to set your interest and expand the map by selecting “Explore destinations”. You’ll instantly see live prices for destinations that meet your interest category around the world. You can further filter results based on your preferences and personal budget requirements.

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Malaga sounds nice — and it looks like you can get there on a nonstop flight in about 2 hours.

Once you select your departure and return dates, you’ll be presented with a list of ‘Best flights’; which represents the best tradeoff of convenience and price. Google Flights can also help you save time when you know where you want to go and when.

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Let’s say you’re commuting on a popular route — like Lisbon to Porto — that has multiple, similarly priced, nonstop flights daily. Enter your origin, destination and dates and we’ll display all the similar flights available on an easy to scan timeline. They’re grouped by airline, price and number of stops which makes it easy for you to consider your options and book the one that best meets your needs. 

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When you’re ready, simply select your outbound and return flights — and book your flights by clicking on one of the blue partner book buttons.

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Our goal is to provide you with fast results as you explore where you want to go, figure out the best time to travel, quickly review flight options and book a ticket. We hope you’ll enjoy planning your next domestic or international trip with Google Flights!

Source: Travel


Explore, compare and book flights with Google in Portugal

Whether you’re traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona or Porto to Ponta Delgada, Google Flights can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. Starting today, you can use Google.pt or www.google.pt/flights to quickly explore, compare and book flights — from your mobile device, tablet or desktop. And you’ll be able to search in Portuguese, see local content, and all prices will default to Euros.


If you’re still trying to figure out where you’d like to visit and the best time to go — try using our new flexible destination search feature that lets you explore based on dates, destinations and interests like: beaches, adventure travel, honeymoons and winter sports.

Want to escape the wet, winter weather and head some place warm? Choose “1 week”, “March” and “Islands” to see popular destinations — with the best time to visit those destinations and the lowest price available to get there. Scroll through the suggestions and click on one of the tiles that interests you — you’ll see a snapshot of the least expensive flight and hotel options available (with price, stops and duration for flights — and 5, 4 and 3 star ratings noted for hotels).

Another fun and easy way to explore your options is to set your interest and expand the map by selecting “Explore destinations”. You’ll instantly see live prices for destinations that meet your interest category around the world. You can further filter results based on your preferences and personal budget requirements.

Malaga sounds nice — and it looks like you can get there on a nonstop flight in about 2 hours.

Once you select your departure and return dates, you’ll be presented with a list of ‘Best flights’; which represents the best tradeoff of convenience and price. Google Flights can also help you save time when you know where you want to go and when.

Let’s say you’re commuting on a popular route — like Lisbon to Porto — that has multiple, similarly priced, nonstop flights daily. Enter your origin, destination and dates and we’ll display all the similar flights available on an easy to scan timeline. They’re grouped by airline, price and number of stops which makes it easy for you to consider your options and book the one that best meets your needs. 

When you’re ready, simply select your outbound and return flights — and book your flights by clicking on one of the blue partner book buttons.

Our goal is to provide you with fast results as you explore where you want to go, figure out the best time to travel, quickly review flight options and book a ticket. We hope you’ll enjoy planning your next domestic or international trip with Google Flights!

Source: Travel


Explore, compare and book flights with Google in Portugal

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_1.width-934.png
Whether you’re traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona or Porto to Ponta Delgada, Google Flights can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. Starting today, you can use Google.pt or www.google.pt/flights to quickly explore, compare and book flights — from your mobile device, tablet or desktop. And you’ll be able to search in Portuguese, see local content, and all prices will default to Euros.


If you’re still trying to figure out where you’d like to visit and the best time to go — try using our new flexible destination search feature that lets you explore based on dates, destinations and interests like: beaches, adventure travel, honeymoons and winter sports.

Want to escape the wet, winter weather and head some place warm? Choose “1 week”, “March” and “Islands” to see popular destinations — with the best time to visit those destinations and the lowest price available to get there. Scroll through the suggestions and click on one of the tiles that interests you — you’ll see a snapshot of the least expensive flight and hotel options available (with price, stops and duration for flights — and 5, 4 and 3 star ratings noted for hotels).

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_2.width-1162.png

Another fun and easy way to explore your options is to set your interest and expand the map by selecting “Explore destinations”. You’ll instantly see live prices for destinations that meet your interest category around the world. You can further filter results based on your preferences and personal budget requirements.

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_4.width-1600.png
Malaga sounds nice — and it looks like you can get there on a nonstop flight in about 2 hours.

Once you select your departure and return dates, you’ll be presented with a list of ‘Best flights’; which represents the best tradeoff of convenience and price. Google Flights can also help you save time when you know where you want to go and when.

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_5.width-1210.png

Let’s say you’re commuting on a popular route — like Lisbon to Porto — that has multiple, similarly priced, nonstop flights daily. Enter your origin, destination and dates and we’ll display all the similar flights available on an easy to scan timeline. They’re grouped by airline, price and number of stops which makes it easy for you to consider your options and book the one that best meets your needs. 

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_6.width-1184.png

When you’re ready, simply select your outbound and return flights — and book your flights by clicking on one of the blue partner book buttons.

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_7.width-1212.png

Our goal is to provide you with fast results as you explore where you want to go, figure out the best time to travel, quickly review flight options and book a ticket. We hope you’ll enjoy planning your next domestic or international trip with Google Flights!

Source: Travel


Explore, compare and book flights with Google in Portugal

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_1.width-934.png
Whether you’re traveling from Lisbon to Barcelona or Porto to Ponta Delgada, Google Flights can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. Starting today, you can use Google.pt or www.google.pt/flights to quickly explore, compare and book flights — from your mobile device, tablet or desktop. And you’ll be able to search in Portuguese, see local content, and all prices will default to Euros.


If you’re still trying to figure out where you’d like to visit and the best time to go — try using our new flexible destination search feature that lets you explore based on dates, destinations and interests like: beaches, adventure travel, honeymoons and winter sports.

Want to escape the wet, winter weather and head some place warm? Choose “1 week”, “March” and “Islands” to see popular destinations — with the best time to visit those destinations and the lowest price available to get there. Scroll through the suggestions and click on one of the tiles that interests you — you’ll see a snapshot of the least expensive flight and hotel options available (with price, stops and duration for flights — and 5, 4 and 3 star ratings noted for hotels).

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_2.width-1162.png

Another fun and easy way to explore your options is to set your interest and expand the map by selecting “Explore destinations”. You’ll instantly see live prices for destinations that meet your interest category around the world. You can further filter results based on your preferences and personal budget requirements.

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_4.width-1600.png
Malaga sounds nice — and it looks like you can get there on a nonstop flight in about 2 hours.

Once you select your departure and return dates, you’ll be presented with a list of ‘Best flights’; which represents the best tradeoff of convenience and price. Google Flights can also help you save time when you know where you want to go and when.

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_5.width-1210.png

Let’s say you’re commuting on a popular route — like Lisbon to Porto — that has multiple, similarly priced, nonstop flights daily. Enter your origin, destination and dates and we’ll display all the similar flights available on an easy to scan timeline. They’re grouped by airline, price and number of stops which makes it easy for you to consider your options and book the one that best meets your needs. 

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_6.width-1184.png

When you’re ready, simply select your outbound and return flights — and book your flights by clicking on one of the blue partner book buttons.

Travel_-_2.26_-_Images_7.width-1212.png

Our goal is to provide you with fast results as you explore where you want to go, figure out the best time to travel, quickly review flight options and book a ticket. We hope you’ll enjoy planning your next domestic or international trip with Google Flights!

Source: Travel