Message from Information Technology Services
Dear RFUMS faculty and staff,
Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce that RFUMS will be moving its email and calendar platform from Microsoft Outlook to Google Apps for Education in 2012. Over the past few months, the selection of Google Apps has been thoroughly reviewed by the Interprofessional Curriculum Committee and the Information Technology Advisory Committee. With positive recommendations from these committees, the initiative was then reviewed and approved for implementation by the President’s Cabinet.
With Google Apps, we will gain the benefits of a robust and innovative feature set, the ability to access email and calendar services from any internet-connected computer, increased storage capacity, and lower infrastructure and support costs. What’s more, Google Apps is easy to use and we are confident that you will find it to be a more efficient way to manage your email and calendar.
The following are only some of the services that the Google Apps suite will provide to RFUMS:
Gmail - Email with 25 gigabytes of storage per account, robust search capabilities, and instant messaging built right into the browser.
Google Talk - Call or send instant messages to contacts anytime, anywhere in the world (collaborate on projects from different locations).
Google Calendar - Organize schedules and share events, meetings and entire calendars with others.
Google Docs - Create documents, spreadsheets and presentations and then collaborate with each other in real-time right inside a web browser window. Google Docs may be a suitable alternative for the storage of non-sensitive departmental documents.
Google Sites - The Google Sites tool will allow people to quickly build ad-hoc web pages for specialized purposes (no technical expertise required). We see this as a great tool to perform small group collaborations, but not as a replacement for formal Internet or Intranet web sites. Your site can bring together all the information you want to share, including docs, calendars, photos, videos and attachments.
What’s not changing?
What can I do to prepare?
Richard Loesch, MBA
Chief Information Officer,
Information Technology Services
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science