GOOGLE LEARNING EVENT – MODERNIZING YOUR RETAIL WORKSPACE

A few weeks ago, Angelyn and I (Sam, Marketing Strategist of G-Asiapac, writer of the day) discussed and said, “You know what? It’s time for a Google event. Let’s make it more industry-focused this time.” And we went for Retail. Why? Maybe ‘cause we’re both girls and like shopping.

8th of July, Wednesday, naturally, we got there earlier to have a quick run-through. Here’s me testing out Google’s presentation tech:

 

Angelyn and I practiced once on our presentation before quickly gobbling down some lunch. The attendees arrived, mostly in groups of 2, majority with IT background, some from Marketing or the e-Commerce department; but all representing their respective retail companies (due to company policy, we won’t be disclosing which companies).

13 attendees arrived, that’s a respectable amount. They were given name tags and we kick started the event promptly at 2:30pm.

We had two Googlers assisting us in this event: Marianne Chiang, Head of Sales, Mid-Market Asia Pacific; and Alvaro Navarro, Sales Engineer for the Google for Work team. Marianne introduced Google briefly before I took over; I talked about how the digital marketplace has evolved, and how we are not catching up in the workplace as quickly as we are as end consumers ourselves.

Then I delved into the solutions Google for Work provides, like real-time collaboration, up-to-date syncing across all devices etc. Moving on, we did a real-life demo which included myself, Angelyn and Nicholas, another team member of G-Asiapac, to show attendees how Google Apps work in real case scenarios.

We had a mini-break for some tea and snacks, and for those who are fasting or those stayed in the Merdeka room, we took them through a Virtual Reality experience of Google’s data center.

Session resumed with Angelyn talking about other Google for Work features, like e-Discovery for lawsuit purposes, Archiving for data retention policies and many more. She also touched upon some statistics on how remotely employees are working nowadays, with more than 50% working out of office.

We had two Googlers assisting us in this event: Marianne Chiang, Head of Sales, Mid-Market Asia Pacific; and Alvaro Navarro, Sales Engineer for the Google for Work team. Marianne introduced Google briefly before I took over; I talked about how the digital marketplace has evolved, and how we are not catching up in the workplace as quickly as we are as end consumers ourselves.

After that, Marianne continued with session by giving some insights on Google Innovations like Google Self-Driving Car; why does Google invest in these different creations, the objectives behind these innovative ideas and the vision that Google has for these inventions. It was quite inspiring and you probably would never think why Google encourages the research and development of these innovations.

Before we ended the event, we had an open discussion, a Q&A session. The atmosphere was quiet at first, but after the first security question from one of the IT Managers, questions regarding security started to pour in. Alvaro was there to answer and explain in detail how security in Google works; the data center physical security, data transit content security etc.

We ended the event at approximately 4:45pm, gave out some goody bags from G-Asiapac and thank everyone for coming!

Sam Yeow
Sam Yeow
Sam joins the G-AsiaPacific family as the Marketing Strategist. Advocating creativity in cloud computing, she occasionally writes blogs to educate and inform the mass, apart from driving other marketing efforts.
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