The idea behind the program is to recognize agencies that “have undergone the required training and have demonstrated excellence in building Android applications,” a Google spokesperson tells us.
In total, 13 agencies in India, Russia, U.K. and U.S. have already been certified since Google first announced its plans for this program last December. These agencies work with both large enterprise clients and startups.
While Google notes that it does “not endorse, or offer any warranty, regarding the certified agencies,” the idea here is obviously to highlight some of the agencies that Google itself considers among the best in the ecosystem (and that use Google’s technologies, too). While the focus here is on Android apps, Google tells me that the program also includes support for agencies that work on web apps, too.
“The Agency Program is an effort by Google’s Developer Relations team to work closely with development agencies around the world and help them build high quality user experiences,” Google’s global lead for the agency program Uttam Kumar Tripathi writes today.
Google will provide certified agencies with personalized training, dedicated content, priority support and access to the company’s developer relations teams. Certified Agencies will also get early access to upcoming developer products and help with UX reviews.
And in Colombia, the port of Cartagena has tapped into analytics on the edge to improve its efficiency by getting ahead of equipment degradation.
“As a container terminal trans-shipment hub, our port ships goods to almost 600 ports in 136 countries around the world,” said Eduardo Bustamante, director of operations at the port.
“The opening of the new Panama Canal has created new challenges for all ports in the region and has made service reliability a key factor of success.
“With these new capabilities from IBM and Cisco, we gain immediate insight into the health and operations of our more than 47 rubber tyre gantries and 180 trucks. As a result, we expect to be more productive in our maintenance processes to help ensure our fleet runs even more efficiently and vessels and cargo are moving smoothly in and out of the port.” [TechCrunch]