As Google I/O 2017 starts to wind down and fans plot their new developments or their next big purchase based on Google tech, the enterprise market got some welcome news about some tools Google will roll out for G Suite. G Suite is Google’s platform mainly intended for the enterprise that gives companies access to their own cloud version of many of Google’s consumer tools. G Suite makes apps like Gmail, Drive and others available to an enterprise as their own private version of the tools. The new tools and features Google is rolling out will help enterprises leverage G Suite to be much more useful and productive and continues their efforts to match some other offerings in the enterprise market.
The first new item Google is rolling out is App Maker, “a low-code, application development tool.” Using App Maker, developers can create custom apps quickly through the use of templates, a drag-and-drop UI and “point-and-click data modeling.” Google says developers will also be able to extend and customize these apps by tapping into a variety of APIs using App Script.
Google also highlighted some of the G Suite APIs that will be available for developers. For instance, a Sheets API enables reading, writing and formatting data in a Sheets file via separate app. The same thing can be done for presentations using the Slides API which enables functions like pulling in data from third-party sources on the fly. Google says their Gmail API will be useful for users who want to process their inboxes more efficiently and effectively by doing things like automating responses or moving messages to different labels. This includes being able to do thing like create and send an email from within another app with the appropriate information being passed over to Gmail.