Next time someone asks you, "Is the cloud really secure? Wouldn't we be better off meeting our school district's puny needs for email, web pages, and productivity/collaboration tools using an over-priced, expensive private solution in-house?" point out to them that the State of Oregon, City of Los Angeles, Prince George County Schools are all using GoogleApps--cloud computing--of some sort. If you don't like Google, then consider Microsoft LIVE/Skydrive offering.
Ask them, "How much longer will you throw precious funding out the window when we need to be spending it on increasing our infrastructure, building professional learning communities and networks with educators, rather than taking the vaunted path of, 'google just isn't secure enough for us!' ?" Yes, technology directors too set in your ways, I'm writing to you.
Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die. Everyone wants principals to be instructional leaders but no one wants to take away anything from the principals’ job. (Source: Larry Cuban)I'm also writing to superintendents who don't realize their technology directors are wasting precious funding when they spend it on interactive whiteboards, expensive licenses for Microsoft Office, Exchange, the servers that have to support that, the Client Access Licenses (CALs) required for every Windows computer in your system, not to mention chasing every integrated learning system that treats them to lunch.
U.S. Government Agency First To Go Google Cloud -- Redmond Channel Partner
- U.S. Government Agency First To Go Google Cloud By Rutrell YasinDecember 02, 2010
- The General Services Administration is moving e-mail and collaboration tools to the cloud, becoming the first federal agency to move e-mail to a cloud-based system agencywide, GSA officials said yesterday. GSA officials expect the migration to the cloud to reduce inefficiencies and lower costs by 50 percent over the next five years.
- GSA will use Google Apps for Government , a suite of cloud computing applications, which received Federal Information Security Management Act certification and accreditation from the government in July. The Google Apps platform consists of Google Docs, Gmail, spreadsheets, a video tool and Google Sites.
- The contract provides for an easily accessible suite of services, including e-mail and collaboration tools, to support a more mobile work force. While several agencies have moved sub-entities' e-mail systems to the cloud, GSA is the first to utilize a cloud-based system for e-mail agencywide, officials said.
- "Cloud computing has a demonstrated track record of cost savings and efficiencies," GSA CIO Casey Coleman said in a prepared statement. "With this award, GSA employees will have a modern, robust e-mail and collaboration platform that better supports our mission and our mobile work force, and costs half as much."
- "GSA's cloud e-mail award is in step with the administration's 'cloud first' strategy and demonstrates that agile, secure, reliable, and cost-effective cloud options exist to rapidly improve agency operations and services," said Dave McClure, associate administrator of GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.
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