Over the next nine months, Saint Joseph’s University will be transitioning all faculty and staff from our current email and calendaring tool, Zimbra, to the Google Apps for Education platform. Google Apps for Education is a set of integrated collaboration and productivity tools which includes email, calendaring, document sharing, cloud-based storage, and more. The Apps for Education platform is a free, web-based service hosted by Google.
In moving faculty and staff to Google Apps, the entire University community will share the same collaboration and communication platform. In 2012, we successfully migrated student email accounts to Google Apps for Education. Since that time, many SJU stakeholders have requested the opportunity to work on the same shared platform and to use the rich set of collaboration tools provided by Google. A move to Google will provide 21st century cloud email and collaboration services while reducing University costs for servers, storage and support. In migrating to Google Apps, SJU will be joining many other universities who use Google services for faculty and staff including: Boston College, Georgetown, Saint Louis University, the University of Notre Dame, Brown University, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan and Vanderbilt University
We are currently in the planning phase of this project and look forward to your feedback. OIT will provide updates on a regular basis as we seek to engage faculty and staff, answer questions, and provide training.
We are excited about this new direction and look forward to working with you to make our migration successful and to discover new opportunities for innovation using Google Apps for Education.