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March 9, 2011

UMBC Moving to Google Calendar

Oracle Calendar to Google Calendar Migration
On June 7th, 2011 the campus will move to Google calendar as the new campus-wide enterprise calendaring solution. Oracle calendar has been the campus’ calendaring solution for the last decade. Unfortunately, Oracle calendar has not kept up to date with current web and mobile technologies.

Kathy Raab
DoIT hired Kathy Raab, a former UMBC staff member with Oracle calendar experience, to help in creating just-in-time online training videos to support the move to Google calendar. Raab's prior UMBC experience coupled with her Google calendar training will create a smooth migration. In addition to a web site dedicated to the migration, Raab will provide two training sessions the week before migration for those who feel they need extra hands on experience.

Campus Benefits

* Improved Web interface
* Support for Outlook client users
* Superior mobile device support (iPhone, Android, Blackberry)
* Simple collaboration (publish to web, share with other users easily)
* Easily subscribe to other calendars (e.g. Holiday schedules)

Pilot March 29th
Beginning on March 29th DoIT will begin piloting Google calendar for all DoIT meetings. This will allow us to identify documentation and training needs.
April 13
All Faculty/Staff provisioned with a Google only account allowing access to all Google features except mail. Those that have already migrated to Google will not be affected.
April 15
Google calendar support and training site go-live. All faqs and minute training videos online
June 1st and 2nd
In class training sessions available
June 7
Campus moves to Google Calendar.

More Information about Google @ UMBC