Today’s edition of the Times-Delphic includes a story about the Office of Information Technology‘s new effort to overhaul Drake’s e-mail system, a process spearheaded by Chief Information Technology Officer Ann Kovalchick. Various members of Student Senate, including Student Body President Samantha Haas and Technology Liaison Michael Riebel, have had the opportunity to provide input in the first stages of the process, and now the student body can voice their opinions. Below is an excerpt from “Office of Information Technology launches email system overhaul.”
The e-mail system that Drake University students have become accustomed to could be up for a big change soon. The Zimbra e-mail system will be getting an overhaul, or even be changed completely for a “cloud computing” system.
In a cloud system, information is no longer stored locally, but rather on a server that can help access any information that a user has saved on other computers and outsourced to a new server. One of the more recognizable cloud systems is Google Apps, which helps power Gmail and Google Calendar.
Two of the systems currently being looked at are Microsoft’s Live@edu and Google’s Gmail. The main difference between the two is that Live@edu not only has Web-based access, but also offers a native desktop client function, unlike Gmail. Students would then also have improved calendar options and could handle larger amounts of e-mails.
Students have a few opportunities to test out the systems that might replace Zimbra.
The first sessions dealing with the Google platform will be tonight [11/8] from 2 to 3 p.m. in Cowles 201 and then again from 7 to 8 p.m. in Bulldog Theater.
The second session of demonstrations will be with the Microsoft platform tomorrow, Nov. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bulldog Theater and then again from 7 to 8 p.m. in the same location.
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to share your feedback with the Office of Information Technology and the email overhaul committee. Vote for your preference in the poll below, and post any other thoughts in our comments section.