Fairfax rolls out Google Apps

Fairfax is rolling out Google Apps to modernise collaboration and enable employees to bring their own devices into the office.

Fairfax Media will be rolling out cloud-based Google Apps for Business to improve internal communications and to facilitate IT trends, such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and remote working for staff.

Fairfax had previously relied on telephones, regular email, spreadsheets and documents for internal communications and collaboration. The media outlet will now be using Google's productivity and collaboration tools to supplement, but not replace, Microsoft's Office suite, for users that still require those applications.

The Google Apps roll-out will help Fairfax modernise its instant messaging, convenient document sharing and real-time desktop video conferencing for employees.

"We have to shape our technology strategy around a couple of the really big trends: consumerisation of IT and BYOD," Fairfax chief information and technology officer, Andrew Lam-Po-Tang, told ZDNet Australia.

"Having secure Cloud-based services that can be accessed anywhere is a real key for unlocking that opportunity for people."

Even though some companies have concerns about using cloud services, because their data will be held off-premise, Lam-Po-Tang was confident in the safeguards that Google has in place to protect Fairfax's data.

Fairfax anticipates that every single user of IT services within the company — approximately 10,000 staff — will have access to Google Apps, but has yet to settle on a definite figure. All Fairfax staff will be able to access Google Apps for Business by November this year.

Cloud Sherpas, a certified Google Apps service provider, has been called in to oversee the implementation process.

This Google Apps roll-out is part of the Fairfax of the Future program, a program that also saw the media company cut nearly 2000 staff.


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