Citation: Barlow, K., & Lane, J. (2007). Like technology from an advanced alien culture. Proceedings of the 35th Annual ACM SIGUCCS Fall Conference. Presented at the SIGUCCS ’07, Orlando, FL: ACM. Retrieved from http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1294049
Summary: Gives a brief overview of the transition Arizona State University went through to move students from a home-grown email system to Google Mail + Google Apps.
- ASU's community of Google Apps users in 2007 was 65,000. By October of 2007, there were 88,739 users of the Gmail for ASU application. Each day there are 23,000 active users.
- They transitioned from a home grown IMAP email system to Google Apps in less than two weeks. They converted 300 accounts per day.
- Faculty and staff use Microsoft Exchange for their primary email accounts, but some faculty and staff have moved to Gmail.
- They identified core technology initiatives
- Application of technology to the instructional and research missions.
- Development of an interactive online environment that supports student access and embodies the vision of "One university in many places."
- Development of an integrated system to amass and disseminate digital knowledge assets.
- They see the partnership with Google as a way to give them the ability to accelerate their technological growth and expansion.
- They get customized Google Maps and Google Docs and Spreadsheets.
- ASU hopes to set up a single click for all students to get to their online information.
- ASU has not had to escalate an email issue to Google.
- They estimated savings of $450,000 per year by going to Google Apps.