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Kent State University Goes Live with Gmail

Kent State University’s eight-campus-system, one of the largest regional systems in the country, serves both the development of a true living/learning approach at the Kent Campus and regional needs on seven other campuses throughout Northeast Ohio. Kent State is ranked among the nation’s 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

In 2010, Kent State University will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary.

This week Kent State officially began their migration to the Google Apps Education Edition suite of online collboration tools, including the Mountain View, CA based internet company’s popular web based email application, Gmail, for their nearly 80,000 users. Last Thursday, as part of a pre-launch test and user outreach effort, the first Kent State Gmail account was issued to student reporter Glennis Siegfried of the University’s daily student newspaper, The Kent Stater.

SADA Systems, Inc. is managing the deployment process with Kent State’s information technology team. The cornerstone of the project is SADA’s development of a unique opt-in solution for Kent’s users to migrate email data from the current Kent State service via a self-service web page. At press time over 10,000 students had opted in, and migrated their email and contacts from the legacy system, to Google Apps.

Kent State University joins a growing roster of SADA Google Apps for Education projects that began with Northwestern University in Illinois in 2007. Since then SADA has been engaged for deployments and custom development solutions for educational insitutional such as the Los Angeles Community College District, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Colorado Christian University, the University of San Diego, Louisiana State University, among others. For more information on SADA’s Google Apps for Education Services please visit our website at www.sadasystems.com or give us a call at 866.997.0000.

SADA Systems, Inc. (SADA) is a privately held information technology consulting, outsourcing, and development firm founded in 2000. SADA works with its client base to develop innovative technology solutions to business challenges. SADA designs, delivers, deploys and supports a holistic, cutting-edge suite of best-of-breed technologies. This allows organizations to leverage Information Technology to achieve new levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and collaboration. Through years of experience and strategic partnerships with countless business organizations, SADA Systems, Inc. has developed methodologies that lead to solutions that don’t just get the job done, but improve processes which give enterprises the maximum competitive edge. As business professionals ourselves we recognize that business rules and practices must dictate how technological solutions are used; not the other way around. SADA is headquartered in North Hollywood, CA, but participates in projects world-wide. For more information, please visit http://www.sadasystems.com.

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