Google acquires Indian-origin entrepreneur Varun Malhotra’s startup: 5 things to know about Synergyse

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Published: May 3, 2016 11:33:10 PM

Indian-origin entrepreneur Varun Malhotra's Synergyse is the latest startup in Google's kitty!


GoogleSynergyse Training for Google Apps puts a virtual guide into Google Apps. (Reuters)

Indian-origin entrepreneur Varun Malhotra’s Synergyse is the latest startup in Google’s kitty! Synergyse Training, a business technology startup, was launched in 2013 with a mission to teach the world how to use Google Apps. Google did not disclose the financial details of the deal.

Announcing the deal, Google in its blog post said, “Given the enthusiasm that exists for Synergyse already, we want to extend this service to all of our customers. That is why we’re happy to announce Synergyse will be joining Google.” “Today our Apps product suite, which includes Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs and more, is now used by more than 2 million paying businesses around the world. As more businesses sign up, we wanted an elegant way to scale our training offerings to our customers and our customers’ users,” Peter Scocimara, Senior Director, Google Apps Operations said in the blog post.

So what is Synergyse Training? We take a quick look at five things about the startup that was founded by Indian-origin entrepreneur Varun Malhotra:

1) Synergyse Training for Google Apps puts a virtual guide into Google Apps. The aim is to help users get the most out of their Google Apps experience and train them to be more productive. Synergyse claims to have served more than 4,000,000 people and 3,000 organizations globally.

2) With voice and text interactive modules that are searchable by topic within Google apps, Synergyse helps users get up to speed quickly — including when new features are rolled out. “All Synergyse users will automatically receive notifications and new lessons whenever new Google Apps features become available,” claims the startup’s website.

3) The trainings are always up to date, thanks to the power of the cloud, writes Google in its official blogpost. “Organizations that use Synergyse see on average 35 percent higher adoption across apps products, meaning those organizations are more likely to be productive, collaborative and embrace digital transformation,” the internet giant says.

4) Synergyse can be deployed to Chromebooks, Windows, OS X & Linux machines using Chrome Management in Google Apps Admin Console and Group Policies. HD video training portal is available for non-Chrome browsers.

5) Google intends to make the product available as an integral part of the Google Apps offering later this year. In the meantime, existing customers will continue to have access, and new customers will be able to download the Chrome extension for free while the integration is underway.

“By providing the right help at the right time, Synergyse will help our customers with the critical task of change management in the enterprise, and bolster the training and support programs we already offer today,” Google adds.

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