Dunckley speaks at Google TeamWork 2016 Conference
HH Global’s Chief Digital Officer, Kevin Dunckley, spoke to a packed auditorium in Las Vegas, Nevada, last month, (March 7-11, 2016) during TeamWork 2016, the annual Apps for Work Google Cloud Platform (GCP) partners conference for 2,000 Googlers, their partners, and reseller network.
Apps for Work is the all-in-one suite of tools that enables HH Global’s cloud-based communication, collaboration, and storage, including the features we rely on every day, from email, to real-time collaboration via Drive, and video meetings with Hangouts.
GCP partners are central to Google’s strategy, as they enable Google clients, like HH Global, to integrate cloud-based tools into company infrastructure. Therefore, understanding the experiences and motivations of clients is critical to accelerating GCP partner success and stimulating innovations.
Dunckley was asked to speak at this conference after giving a “TED talk” style presentation on how Google technology was used to power retail campaigns for a leading clothing manufacturer, at the Google London Christmas event in December 2015.
Only three of Google’s clients globally were invited to the TeamWork 2016 partners-only event, as representatives of companies that use Google's Apps for Work. HH Global’s Kevin Dunckley, Whirlpool’s Global Information Systems Manager Andrew Lewis, and Fontana Group’s North Americas President and CEO Patrick Paige, shared the stage providing insight from their respective Google journeys.
Dunckley spoke to the benefits of using Google tools, the resulting transformation of our business, the advantages of continuous innovation at Google, and our positive experience working with Ancoris, the GCP partner assigned to training and deployment of Google’s tools for HH Global. When HH Global adopted Google Apps for Work, Ancoris provided feedback that allowed us to be fast adopters. Improved email services, more efficient conferencing (and reduced travel costs) through Hangouts, and the ease of file sharing and collaboration around the world with Drive, are just some of the features that have benefited our business and help unite our global company every day (for details, check out the five-minute video of the December 2015 presentation, linked above).
“Google Apps for Work have improved our collaboration and productivity as a business since we rolled them out in 2014, and Google is constantly innovating and improving the product. Security enhancements have been a recent focus for them, which further strengthens their offering. This provides us peace of mind and allows us to focus on delivering for our clients,” said Dunckley.
Dunckley also discussed HH Global’s plans for further expanding use of the Google tool set. These plans include replacing the P Drive with AO Docs, a centrally-managed, consistent folder structure based on Drive, adding dial-in controls to Hangouts, and migrating away from SharePoint, and adopting Google Sites.
Google rolled out several new partner programs and incentives at the conference. Dunckley said he learned about many exciting program and product updates and information on best practices. He also spoke with many senior Google stakeholders about HH Global’s business and how we may be able to apply Google technologies to enhance services to our own clients.