The move to stick data elsewhere is not so much linked to data protection for most people, but FoI, document retention schedules, archiving, etc. *Those* are the things that can cause headaches.
Just another question on it (I don't really want to try either as we have enough of a major project coming up!).
If the internet dies at the school, what can be achieved in lessons? Can documents still be accessed somehow, and can internal emails still be sent?
Both systems have software for syncing with local server or users can choose to backup work / folders. Email would be a no no.
If you have a flaky connection, don't go to the cloud. If your connection almost never goes down, it may be a better option than keeping mail onsite - unless your SMT are the sort who care less about uptime stats and more about being able blame someone nearby and shout at them when things don't work.
For us, staff email is staying onsite for now. My Exchange server has so far been very reliable, and the vast majority of our staff email use in internal. I don't have any burning need to throw all of those 10MB+ attachments out to an external server and then have 100 copies downloaded back again.
I am also keeping my old mail system but using the other elements that come with Google or @edu. Then at some point down the road I have the option to switch.
Looking really seriously at Google Apps; like the pitches of both 365 and Google but from what I can see Google will be cheaper route (plus as personal GMail and Apps user I may be biased) but still trying to get my head around the SSO side of things and email filtering/tracking/retention. Anybody using Postini additional service? Is it needed? Working with head of ICT who's starting to see potential of online shared documents plus presenting to head and assistant head next week so keen to line my ducks up....
Our IT team are very keen on this, it has huge potential to change how (office) systems are used.
hudzen76 (8th March 2011)
Have you got any info / websites to start me off, especial Sims related. New to Google and trying to find my way around all the different non standard parts is a bit daunting.secure data connector, app engine and visualization api you can do easily build your own services based on internal data (from SIMS)
Google Secure Data Connector - Google Code
Google Chart Tools - Google Code
What Is Google App Engine? - Google App Engine - Google Code
edit : in relation to SIMS.
Google secure data connector imports XML into google apps. SIMS Commandreporter exports XML data. Publish this data to a webserver on SIMS and have the SDC pick it up. voila. Live SIMS data in Google ;-) ready for your appengine.
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