I believe the move, which begins later this month, will make use of the Google Apps in Education program. This system is aimed at schools, colleges, and even at nursery and kindergarten level.
The decision to switch away from Lotus Notes came after a test run with Google’s system earlier this year. This was, as expected, very successful and seemingly flawless. One of the students involved in the trial was Cody Knife. He told flyernews.com “I think one of the things students will like is there’s a lot more room for emails.”
He’s right of course; the email capacity is massive at 25GB. Personally I think it possibly too big for one individual account.
A staff member, Karen Bull, is also a fan of the new system. Commenting on the fact that the service is free to use, she said “Conservatively, it saves us about $100,000 a year because with Lotus Notes, we have to support an infrastructure of data and the software and licensing fees.”
With so many schools, colleges and universities, not to mention government departments, Google’s cloud system appears to be swiftly replacing the old systems of Lotus Notes and other similar company’s email and document systems. Even Microsoft’s new cloud suite is not making much impact.
The final bit of the switch is expected to finish by the 23rd December – ready for the new term next year.