SaaS: Google Apps Makes The Grade At 697 NY School Districts

A little bit of hometown news for MSPmentor today as Google announces that 697 K-12 public school districts in New York State will be going to their Google Apps cloud productivity suite. That’s over 3.1 million students and hundreds of thousands of teachers all potentially going to Google Apps. Here’s the scoop.

The official Google Enterprise Blog entry didn’t disclose financial terms of the deal. But the effort was spearheaded, apparently, by the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in partnership with the New York State Teacher Centers and associated Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), New York State teacher unions, and New York State professional organizations.

Under this deal, 697 public school districts, as well as an undisclosed number of non-public and charter schools, state wide (note to out-of-towners: there is in fact more New York than the city), will receive access to the Google Apps for Education suite, which includes document editing, calendaring, messaging, and sitebuilding functionality -- as well as training on how to use them.

NYIT is apparently handling Google Apps deployment for all the districts, but MSPmentor is wondering how they’re going to handle a project on such a scale -- as with other Google Apps education deployments, there's not obviously a partner lending a helping a hand. Either way, we’ll be keeping our eye on this deal going forward, so keep watching.

Oh, and one last thing: a Google spokesperson contacted us in regards to the news that several California State University campuses went with the competing Microsoft BPOS cloud suite to let us know that more than half of the other CSU schools have been on Google Apps for some time.

Disclosure: MSPmentor Editorial Director Joe Panettieri previously was editorial director at NYIT (2002-2004).

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