Email Replacement Initiative

One of the priorities identified by the University administration and that is also documented in the University Strategic Plan for IT 2012-2015 is to "Implement an alternate e-mail and calendaring system" that will do the following:

  • Provide storage and flexibility, and support mobile devices
  • Provide an effective and efficient collaboration, communications, and calendaring tool
  • Consider hosting and/or cloud computing environments

After months of careful deliberation, Microsoft Office 365 has been chosen to replace Lotus Notes as the University's faculty and staff service for email and more.

Microsoft Office 365 was selected as the next generation collaboration and productivity suite for many reasons.  This product will provide Ferris faculty and staff with enterprise-grade communication and productivity services like email, online document editing and storage, instant messaging, and web conferencing.  In addition, Microsoft Office 365 was able to meet our security and accessibility needs.

During the next six months, our IT staff will work on the implementation, communication, and training plan for the University.  The conversion for the faculty and staff email is planned for January 2014 through August 2014.

If you would like to learn more about Microsoft Office 365, you can watch the recorded demonstrations and read additional information on the product by clicking on its name above.

If you would like to read the committee's full recommendation, please visit http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/mytechsupport/Lotus_Notes/Notes-Repl-Recommendation.pdf.

Last updated: 03-19-2014