A message from Lyle Nevels, Interim AVC-IT and CIO
Following months of preparation, I am pleased to announce the successful migration of more than 5,000 CalAgenda users to bCal (the new Google-based calendar solution). bCal is the first product launched as part of the Google Apps for Education suite. bCal and bMail (Google email) will roll out to all UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students starting in August. As part of the Operational Excellence Productivity Suite initiative, the rollout of Google Apps continues the effort to provide the campus community with a shared set of best-in-class IT tools that will improve our ability to collaborate and communicate across campus, with other universities, and beyond.
New Productivity Suite Website
- Go to http://bconnected-project.berkeley.edu for information regarding the Productivity Suite rollout schedule, training, and technical support. This site will have the most current information and is the definitive source for users of these services.
Google Apps: bMail, bCal, and Google Docs Roll Out to Campus
- August 2012: New faculty, staff, and students will be provided with Google Apps accounts, to include bMail, bCal, and Google Docs, as they join the campus community. New CalMail and CalAgenda accounts will no longer be issued.
- September 2012: bMail early-adopter groups will be provided with Google accounts.
- October 2012 to January 2013: Phased rollout of Google Apps (bMail, bCal, and Google Docs) to the campus community will continue.
Training and Support
- You can now access your bCal calendar from most mobile devices — phone or tablet (iPhone/iPad, Android). More than 600 users have set up their mobile devices already. Mobile device set-up stations across campus will continue through Friday, July 27.
- A dedicated Help Desk staffed by campus Google experts is available to answer your questions, Monday–Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can send email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 642-8500 and select option 2 then 1, or 2 then 2.
- If you would like to receive weekly project updates, please subscribe to bConnected Weekly Updates.
The Productivity Suite project team will work with campus and departmental leadership to select a migration timeline for bMail, and will share the information with the campus in the coming weeks. I understand that email is the primary communication method for many faculty, staff, and students, and access to your email and calendar is critical for you to work effectively. In partnership with campus and departmental IT staff, the project team will be available to support you throughout the migration to Google Apps for Education. The team and I are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible for the entire campus community.
If you have questions about the move to bCal and bMail, or training for the new solutions, please visit http://bconnected.berkeley.edu.