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Google's growing channel, which has hit more than 2,000 partners in its Google Apps Partner Program, is optimistic about the executive shifts. Schmidt recently said that VARs are 'fundamental' to Google's strategy.
"The new structure will be good for us as strategic business partners," said Allen Falcon, CEO of Horizon Info Services, a Westborough, Mass.-based solution provider and Google partner. "Eric's new role will provide more emphasis on external relationships and partnerships that will result in more value and support for the channel."
John Hallett, CEO of Atlanta-based Cloud Sherpas, said Schmidt led a full-court press to bulk up Google's presence in the enterprise and hopes Page will continue that push.
"Eric has always been a staunch supporter of Google Enterprise, calling it Google's 'next billion dollar business,'" Hallett said. "While we're sad to see him step down as CEO, we're glad that he will remain on board as executive chairman to drive deals and partnerships. We're also glad to see Larry step into this role. Engineering has always been at the core of Google's culture and we're looking forward to seeing how Larry fuses Google's technology and business vision."
Schmidt said the new executive structure will help Google grow into the future.
"We are confident that this focus will serve Google and our users well in the future," he wrote. "Larry, Sergey and I have worked exceptionally closely together for over a decade -- and we anticipate working together for a long time to come."