Australian telco AAPT today switched the remainder of its 1200 staff off Microsoft's Exchange collaboration platform and onto Google's rival Gmail offering after running a trial of 250 employees on Gmail for the past two months.
The company had already adopted some aspects of Google's online platform late last year — specifically, the search giant's Google Video and Sites applications — and had flagged the Gmail move as "95 per cent certain" in late April.
"The decision for us to go Google was initially more of a challenge at the philosophical level — the idea of relinquishing 'control' — rather than the technical level," said AAPT chief operating officer David Yuile.
"The benefits of moving to Google Apps are significant — for individual users and for the company. We expect to reap considerable savings in IT costs, with minimal user support and much lower ongoing infrastructure costs," he said.
AAPT's shift has also unlocked the use of Google's Talk instant messaging application. Staff will receive 25GB of mailbox storage each on Google's servers.
"This exciting move will help us address some of the challenges we face: information overload, changing business needs and new technology demands, such as increased mobility and flexible working," Yuile said.