Notre Dame faculty and staff moved into Google Apps for Education for email and calendaring services. They joined Notre Dame students who have used Google Apps since 2008. We’re excited about the ways that Google Apps will continue to provide our community with mobile-friendly services that are available from anywhere in the world on any platform and a single calendar service for everyone on our campus.
Onix led the technical aspects of our migration and guided us through managing this change for our campus. When we first set out on this journey, we faced a massive amount of data that we needed to move — more than 15,000 accounts and more than 10TB of data. With Onix’s support, we successfully moved that data from our campus email system to Google Apps in less than four months. The Onix team’s expertise with Google Apps and the migration process was instrumental in this success.
The Notre Dame community was excited and prepared for this change, with over 450 support staff ready to assist with the transition. Our campus IT staff was trained and ready to support the campus community, and we’ve supplemented them with Google Guides in each department. We offered over 100 instructor-led training sessions and gave the campus access to a multitude of online videos and tutorials provided by Onix. All of these efforts were complemented by a marketing campaign that included email messages, posters and special events designed to generate awareness and excitement around the move to Google.
Faculty and staff across campus are quickly identifying ways that they can more easily collaborate with our students now that everyone will be in Google — from using Google Calendar Appointment Slots for advising and office hours to co-authoring and sharing Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets. Google provides us with reliable and feature-rich enterprise services that will continue to grow and change with our campus.
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