Refractiv announced today that it has become a Premier Partner of the Google Apps™ suite of communication and collaboration tools.

This new designation from Google enables customers to more easily assess a reseller’s expertise advising on and deploying Google products. Refractiv has moved from an Authorised to a Premier Reseller based on their expertise and success in helping customers deploy and use Google Apps.Refractiv has wide experience of helping organisations deploy key business processes to the web. The company offers a full range of services, including: deployment and integration; email and document migration; user training; cloud application development and a comprehensive support service.“The Google Apps Reseller program has been a critical component of our business,” said Richard Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer at Refractiv. “We’re pleased to be recognised as a Premier Reseller, and we look forward to continuing our work helping businesses take advantage of Google Apps.”

Google Apps brings simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools to organisations of any size – all hosted by Google to streamline setup, minimise maintenance, and reduce IT costs. With Gmail (including Google email security, powered by Postini), Google Calendar, and integrated IM, users can stay connected and work together with ease. And, using Google Docs and Google Sites, which include word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and website creation tools, they can share files and collaborate in real-time, keeping versions organised and available wherever and whenever users work.

The Google Apps Reseller program includes companies globally that sell, service and customise Google Apps for Business for their customers. As a part of the Apps Reseller program, Refractiv receives training, support and deployment tools from Google, as well as access to APIs for integrating Google Apps into their customers’ business operations.