November 03, 2015 10:30 ET

Powertools, Advanced Document Management Integrated With Google Drive, Is Now ‘Recommended for Google Apps for Work’
Millions of Google Apps for Work Users Now Have Access to an Easy-to-Use Document Management System, Fully Integrated With Google Drive, That Delivers Powerful Features That Boost Productivity and Require Zero IT Expertise to Configure and Manage

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 3, 2015) – Designed4Work, innovator of advanced productivity tools for Google Apps for Work, announced that Powertools, the document management and workflow technology for Google Drive™, has been inducted into the ‘Recommended for Google Apps for Work’ program that showcases innovative technologies for users of Google Apps for Work. The announcement was made today by Amit Singh, president of Google for Work, at the Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

As part of the agreement, Designed4Work has been selected by Google as an ISV partner and joined the Google for Work Partner Program. The companies plan to engage in joint marketing and sales programs to foster adoption of Powertools and its document management benefits by the millions of enterprise users of Google Drive and Google’s cloud-based productivity applications.

“As they look for solutions that work best with Google Apps for Work, our customers value security, quality and integration,” said Rahul Sood, managing director, Google Apps for Work. “We were impressed by the simplicity and richness of the features that Powertools adds to Google Drive and we want to encourage our customers to adopt third-party apps, like Powertools, that they can trust.”

“We are really pleased to team up with Google to introduce Powertools to business users, because we feel certain that the combination of Powertools and Google Drive will revolutionize collaboration in the enterprise,” said Philippe Bonnemains, CEO of Designed4Work. “Google Apps for Work users can now gain more productivity benefits from Google Drive thanks to the advanced document management features offered by Powertools.”

Powertools enhances Google Drive for enterprise users
Powertools extends Google Drive into a powerful, business-focused document management system that expands the feature set of Google Drive by adding workflows, advanced labelling, and versioning. Powertools also enables businesses to easily create customized content portals that leverage Google Drive to provide company-wide access to key content from a secure, cloud-based repository. See how it works here.

“At Zodiac we have a large amount of product-related digital information that is scattered across many systems, making it challenging to manage, retrieve and share this information throughout our organization,” commented Joseph Bejjani, Group CIO at Zodiac Pool Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of differentiated pool and spa products. “Powertools enables us to regain control over our key digital assets, and to easily build and share a common branded digital library. The ease of use of Powertools and tight integration with Google Drive drove rapid user adoption across the organization.”

“Powertools has improved the synergy between our stores and corporate office by enhancing how we share and access information. We used to struggle to relay messages in a format that was easily accessible by employees. Now, by adding structure to Google Drive using Powertools, information is flowing much better and our teams are more efficient,” said Patrick Barrabé, project manager at Jardiland, a leading European big-box garden supplies chain. “Deploying Powertools has led to a boost in productivity and employee learning.”

Enterprise-grade features boost productivity of users and workgroups
Since it was released as a beta version, Powertools has been adopted by thousands of Apps for Work users, who have already managed more than one million documents and experienced significant productivity benefits:

  • Enhances and adds structure to Google Drive. Powertools transforms Google Drive into an enterprise-capable storage solution by adding document management features such as workflows, metadata, tags, and versioning to corporate documents — all from within Google Drive.
  • Puts business users in the control. Powertools enables non-technical users to drive the entire document management and collaboration process — eliminating the need for IT implementation and support.
  • Expands Google Drive capabilities. Powertools delivers company-wide access to key assets through customized (and, optionally, branded) content portals linked to Google Drive; seamless integration with MS Office enables users to open, edit, save and share MS Office documents without the need to download, upload, or convert them.
  • Supports in-house security and workflow procedures. Reinforces document security with detailed reporting, providing business managers an overview of user activity and content sharing; encourages adherence to company validation processes through mandatory workflows.

Powertools for Google Drive: pricing and availability
Powertools is available on the Google Apps Marketplace and, with a free, 30-day trial offered to evaluate all its features. Thereafter, Powertools costs $2 per user per month.

About Designed4Work
Designed4Work is a software development company focused on empowering business users of Google Apps for Work. Its leading solution, Powertools, transforms Google Drive into a powerful, business-focused document management system that is fully integrated with Google Drive. Designed4Work provides its customers — startups to Fortune 500 companies using Google Apps for Work — with turnkey solutions that boost productivity and adoption. Designed4Work takes the risks out of deploying cloud solutions by offering its customers secured, flexible and user centric solutions.

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