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LTech's New Tools for Google Apps

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Today, LTech announced two cloud enablement tools for the Google Apps platform.  They announced the release of the Single Sign-On application, which provides security and authentication capabilities to Google Apps deployments.  LTech also unveiled the latest version of its Power Panel add-on, an integration point for enterprise data in Google Apps.

Single Sign-On
This application leverages an organization's ActiveDirectory or LDAP-based directory for securing the Google Apps collaboration platform.  DZone spoke with Ed Laczynski, founder and CTO for LTech, about the new releases.  "[Single Sign-On] is developer friendly.  It allows complete customization of the user interface, and allows them to bolt on their applications and services through Open ID," said Laczynski.  Single Sigh-On supports Postini and OpenID features to extend security investment to multiple third-party applications. Users can access multible on-premise cloud applications through browsers, mobile devices, and other third-party messaging clients with a single set of credentials.

Power Panel
For developers, Laczynski says the new vesrion of Power Panel brings, "security, templates, and a canvas that folks can work with to integrate things like CRM and Back Office and really any kind of third-party applications."  Power Panel provides user lifecyle managment features and works with any Google Apps edition.  As an integration point, Power Panel can be used tie data from CRM and help desk systems to extend the reach and interoperability of the Google Apps platform.  Power Panel supports the Google App Engine, Java, and Google Web Toolkit (GWT) SDK’s for customization.

LTech collaborates with Google on tool development and is given early access to Google's APIs to make applications like Power Panel and Single Sign-On.  The LTech blog says these APIs are what make the cloud viable.  LTech believes, "The best cloud computing platforms have open, easy-to-understand, standards based interfaces for developers, customers, and partners to build upon."