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Google Private Catalog promises to give enterprise IT administrators more control over which apps are accessible to developers across the organization. The tools therein help businesses remain compliant and collaborative while reducing failures and waste. Here are the details you need to know. 

Google knows businesses are dealing with an abundance of applications. Private Catalog, which Google introduced earlier this month, is meant to help IT tame the app temptest. Now available in beta, Private Catalog allows IT to control how apps are made available and distributed to employees no matter the size of the business. 

Several APIs built into Private Catalog make it possible for IT to delete catalogs, hierarchies, and individual solutions such as those that have become outdated or irrelevant. Further, the APIs let IT customize the User Interface and weave Private Catalog solutions into other enterprise app catalogs. For example, should IT want to view identity and access management functions, it need only query which solutions users have access to across the organization's hierarchy. Google did not provide too much detail concerning these APIs. 

Compliance is a big part of Private Catalog. It helps simplify how regulated apps and the associated data is accessed by developers and employees. Strictly controlling which apps developers are able to access can prevent data leaks and other security nightmares. The IT team will have complete dominion over which apps are approved in order to maintain compliance and governance rules. Admins will be able to create their own hierarchies for more complex deployments. 

All these restrictions could get in the way of collaboration, particularly between diverse teams. While centralizing apps helps with security, it also sometimes results in silos and redundancies. Private Catalog lets the central IT team build a single place were all apps live. Accessing them boils down to having the correct key. As long as the right team members all have the same key, accessing and using the apps together should not be a problem. 

Last, Private Catalog promises to reduce failures and increase efficiency. IT can use it to manage how software is distributed across the organization using templates such as regions, RAM, CPUs, and myriad other values. This ensures that apps only run in areas and on machines that have the necessary resources (such as data access.)

"Internal apps don’t have to be a source of compliance, support, and communication issues," said Google. "With Private Catalog, you put controls in place that let your developers access the tools they need safely and efficiently."

More information about Private Catalog is available here. It is free to try. 

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