Tuesday, October 10, 2006
As Arizona State University (ASU) gears up to go against USC this weekend, they've already scored a touchdown on campus this week. Today ASU announced that it's making Google Apps for Education available to all of its 65,000 students. Our free hosted email, IM and calendar offering should be a boon for students who need to collaborate on the latest Econ assignment (or plan their tailgate before the game). ASU went for a two-point conversion by using our APIs to integrate Google Apps with their single sign-on system (students only have to log on once to access all their school-related applications and student records system), so that admins can give students an @asu.edu email account when they register for classes. In all, it took ASU less than two weeks from decision to full-scale deployment -- a truly inspired play.