• In August 2006, Google launched Google Apps for Your Domain, an early predecessor to Google Apps for Work and Education. Since then, Google Apps has grown over the years to include the tools we know and use on a daily basis—Gmail, Hangouts, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and many more. When Google Apps for Your Domain was released, cloud-based services were still in their infancy. Amazon’s Elastic Compute cloud (EC2) had just launched and the cloud was viewed by many as a passing fad. But Google pressed on. Eventually in 2011, Google stated that the Google Apps partner community more than doubled since 2010 to over 2,500 certified partners operating in 70 countries.   As enterprises implement Google Apps for Business, CIOs need assistance leading their organizations on the journey into cloud services and cloud-supported devices. At a high level, Google’s implementation partners have a similar set of offerings to address the basic requirements of an Apps implementation. What really distinguishes each service provider/partner, though, is how it helps a client navigate the journey to the cloud. Also, one obstacle we often hear from larger organizations stems from the lack of granular controls and “back office” features associated with Google Apps. However, an ecosystem of third-party providers has emerged to fill these gaps too and we’ve seen the adoption of the suite from some of the world’s largest businesses – including Whirlpool.   CIOReview understands the emerging importance of Google Apps for Work and why it must be introduced to businesses. And so, we bring to you a list of 20 Most Promising Google Technology Solution Providers.  Being closely scrutinized by a distinct panel of judges including CEOs, CIOs, CXO, analysts and CIOReview editorial board, these Google partners drew our attention not just because of the implementation methods, but also because of how they help organizations construct and carry out the migration to Google Apps.