Flinders University is rolling out Microsoft Exchange-based mail to its 2000-strong employee roster, while its 16,000 students are moved onto Microsoft's Live@edu. Meanwhile, TAFE SA's 80,000 students and staff will also migrate to the Live@edu service.
Flinders University is rolling out Microsoft Exchange-based mail to its 2000 strong employee roster, while its 16,000 students are moved onto Microsoft's Live@edu. Meanwhile, TAFE SA's 80,000 students and staff will also migrate to the Live@edu service.
Michael O'Brian (Credit: South Australian Government)
Flinders University infrastructure services manager, Dean Gawler
said that the university was currently deploying exchange mail for
its staff to replace its older in house system. The university was
in the planning stages at the moment, but would be rolling out the
new mail boxes over the next six months to over 2000 staff, he said.
The university had also considered an IBM email system, he said,
but had decided to go with exchange due to "cost at the end of the
day", according to Gawler. He could not provide a dollar value for the implementation as the
company was still in the planning stage.
Flinders will also use Microsoft for its student mail,
migrating to the free Live@edu service. Gawler said that the university had
given main rival Google's Gmail consideration, but that Live@edu's
integration with other applications on campus and its flexibility
had won the day. The students will have their mailboxes provisioned by mid next year.
Staff would hopefully be the first cab off the rank for the
implementation, Gawler said, although it could turn out that
students received their new mail first.
TAFE SA will have Live@edu ready for the 80,000 students and
staff on all its campuses for the start of classes next year. It
advertised for a hosted email system in June, a tender which
Microsoft won, snagging a three-year contract. Dimension Data will
implement the mail for the TAFE, for which the South Australian
government will pay $250,000.
"Students can chat live to one another or to a lecturer via the
instant messaging service; they can collaborate on group
assignments by being able to view and edit documents online; they
can use the hosted email service, accessible by logging onto the
internet," South Australian Employment, Training and Further
Education Minister Michael O'Brien said in a statement.
"[Live@edu] also includes student or lecturer's blogs or social
media, such as forums and photo sharing," he said.
The three-year contract includes licensing for email and
calendar; Microsoft Office web apps, blogs, file and document
sharing, photo publishing, video conversation, forums, message
boards and shared study areas.