Google Apps for Education
Now nearly five months into our move to Google Apps for Education, all faculty and staff are able to use the core Google Apps Mail, Calendar, Drive (Docs, Sheets, and Slides), Contacts, Mobile, Talk/Hangout, and Vault as well as non-core apps Sites and Google+.
ITS is preparing to move @etal.uri.edu and @dept.uri.edu accounts to Google Apps on June 1st. We have been provisioning the accounts during the month of May and sending a notification with login information. For details on the etal accounts move, visit http://web.uri.edu/urigoogle/.
Negotiations for the vendor-assisted migration service are in the final stages; information will be available shortly. The migration service will move Mail, Contacts, and Calendar from the server only. Exchange accounts will be migrated first, with a completion date of July 1st. Migration services (including vendor-assisted migrations) for Zimbra @mail.uri.edu, @dept.uri.edu, and @etal.uri.edu accounts will be available through November 15th. All Zimbra accounts must be migrated to Google Apps for Education by November 15th.
In conjunction with the move to Google Apps, plans are underway to consolidate and retire legacy email functions and hardware. On April 30th, ITS stopped forwarding legacy addresses @uriacc.uri.edu and @postoffice.uri.edu to other accounts.
Google Apps for Education Steering Committee
ITS has received many requests to make non-core Google Apps such as Analytics, Blogger, YouTube, Docs sharing via link, and Google Groups available to the campus community.
To that end, ITS is forming a Steering Committee to vet these apps for security and best practice in order to establish university priorities and determine timelines. The steering committee will have representatives from the entire campus community and will begin meeting this summer (2015).