Information Technology Services

O3O65 Transition Project

Project Overview:

Throughout the Spring/Summer of 2018, all IPFW students will be transitioned from Gmail to Office 365/ O365/Outlook.  This is an opportune time to make the transition in conjunction with our institutional name change.

Frequently Asked Questions (updated 11/15/17)

Action Items (updated 10/31/2017)

Reasoning Behind the Change:

Students, faculty and staff can more easily collaborate being on the same platform.  Currently, faculty and staff are utilizing O365/Outlook.

Availability of MS Office Suite on personal devices.  Effective July 1, 2018, IPFW students, faculty and staff will no longer be eligible for IUware software downloads.

Email support is more simplistic by eliminating redundant tool sets.

Utilizing Outlook and other Office products, prepares IPFW students for entering the workforce.

Frequently Asked Questions

Schedule of Implementation:

A tentative high-level project timeline is as follows:

December 2017 Hard timeline confirmed
February 2018 Testing
March 2018 Behind the scene changes and final notifications to students
April – June 1, 2018 Students can opt-in for new email services
June 2 – 30, 2018 Forced student conversion
October 2, 2018 Gmail shutdown

Our project team is working within a small window due to the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) timing (they meet in February/March).  Due to the requirements regarding the name change which includes address and architectural revamps, all activity must take place between HLC’s approval (March) and July 1, 2018.

Impact:

Faculty, advisors, and other staff can now more easily collaborate with students, and vice versa.

Students will be able to install MS Office on up to 5 devices, as opposed to 2 using IUware.

Address books will now contain everyone’s address, which places us in line with most other universities.

Google sites will no longer be offered; however, there is minimal impact since there is such an increased usage of social media.

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Team