I’m one of hundreds of University of Michigan alumni currently working at Google. So is this guy. I’m proud to have a degree from U-M—and that we made it to two Rose Bowls and one Final Four during my age there. However I’m much more proud that today we’re welcoming my alma mater to the Google Apps for Education family. By providing our cloud services to the entire university community, we’ll continue to build on the strong relationship that Google and the University of Michigan have had for many years. Many other alums—exceptionally in our Ann Arbor office—are just as excited as I am:
Over a year ago, the University of Michigan (U-M) announced a fresh IT strategy known as NextGen Michigan, a plot to upgrade technology across the campus. Laura Patterson, U-M’s Chief Data Office, told us the switch to Google is just one of many projects that will constitute up U-M’s multi-year strategy for changing the approach to IT supply and investing more heavily in technologies that will advance the university’s academic, teaching, research and clinical programs. She said: “Adopting Google Apps for Education will aid support U-M’s leadership in teaching, learning and discovery, as well as improve collaboration across campus.”
As their first order of business, U-M kicked off a project to select a unified messaging and collaboration platform to aid consolidate the more than 40 email and calendar tools which currently supply about 90,000 students, faculty and staff. After a review action that included townhall meetings and a campus survey, the university’s IT steering committee overwhelmingly recommended Google Apps for Education as U-M’s preferred provider.
In addition to the suite of products in Google Apps for Education, U-M also plans to employ APIs to build rich integration with existing campus services and encourage increased collaboration.
Hail to the Victors—The University of Michigan is going Google!
Posted by Dave Girouard, Vice President of Product Management
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