There is no doubt that the most high profile initiative undertaken by CEnet so far this year has been the implementation of a new email system for member dioceses.
The system selected is Google’s Gmail, a solution which is able to be customised to meet the needs of each diocese. An added bonus has been the option of using Google Apps for Education. Pictured above are Greg Whitby, Chair of CEnet (Left) and Iain McDougall, Google Enterprise, Australia (Right), celebrating the decision.
Whilst dioceses are developing their own implementation plans, eLearning and technical staff from across member dioceses are sharing their experiences with Gmail and Google Apps. A number of dioceses are well under way with staff and students now making use of Gmail and taking advantage of the 25Gb mailboxes and the ability to access the services on multiple devices including mobile tools such as smart phones and tablets. Google Apps, a set of additional tools within the Google suite including Google Calendar, Docs, Groups, Video and Sites, can be switched on as required.
This is a particularly exciting project as it is one of the biggest Gmail implementations in the world. With over 300,000 students and up to 30,000 staff about to gain access to the
service, it has attracted a lot of interest because of its scale and the speed with which the CEnet team was able to prepare it for use.
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