- Data Security - The Office of Information Technology, the Office of the General Counsel, and numerous other appropriate offices at the University of Minnesota have worked to provide employees and students with a solution for email and calendaring that will remain both secure and usable. A legal agreement has been reached between the UofM and Google to provide this service following terms that are appropriate for both.
- Cost Savings - Common Good services, such as Google Apps, are provided free to colleges and administrative units in order to secure data while saving money. Units duplicating email and calendaring systems across the enterprise result in less money to be used to meet the goals of each particular college or administrative unit, with no real benefits. Money is also saved in support for these systems because both the knowledge as users of the tools and knowledge of support of the tools are common to the entire UofM community.
- Collaboration - particularly with calendaring services, much time is wasted emailing or calling multiple people to try find a time for everyone to meet. A unified calendaring system addresses this problem by having a similar format and access to calendars across the enterprise, so scheduling meetings is much easier.
Google Apps Use Required for Email and Calendaring
What: GPS Alliance full-time staff are required to use the UofM-offered Google Apps for email and calendar needs.
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