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Stephen Frazier, Western Illinois University

Google Guides and Early Adopters

gg_early_adoptersThe Google@WIU Transition Team has been hard at work preparing for WIU’s migration from Zimbra to Google Apps for Education!  Last week, they held a series of meetings for members of the University community who have been designated as “Google Guides.”  These guides will serve as local resources in their department and assist their colleagues with the migration. The Transition Team has already started migrating guides over to Google Apps to give them a head start on learning about the applications and so that they can receive additional training.

If you were one of the nearly 800 people who signed up to be an Early Adopter, this may be the news you’ve been waiting to hear.  The Transition Team is  ready for you, too!  Watch your email starting this week.  If you’ve been selected as an Early Adopter, you’ll receive an email indicating your scheduled migration date.  Some Early Adopters will be moved to Google Apps as early as this Friday.   A small group will be moved over first, and then the rest will be moved during the next few weeks.

The Transition Team will depend heavily on both the Google Guides and the Early Adopters to identify problems with the migration process or ways of doing things in Google Apps.  Their comments and questions should be sent to

In the coming week, the Transition Team will be asking department directors, chairs and the deans to consider scheduling a time to migrate their entire department from Zimbra to Google Apps in one fell swoop. The Team recommends that departments migrate en masse if at all possible.  This will:

  • Make sure that everyone is using the same platform for consistency, compatibility and training
  • Ensure that calendars and appointments are not missing for intradepartmental meetings

Once again, thank you for your patience and assistance during this transition process!  The process has begun and nearly 200 people have migrated already.  I urge you to check frequently for updates, resources, and FAQs regarding WIU’s migration to Google Apps!


Author: Stephen Frazier, CIO

Stephen Frazier heads up the University Technology department as the CIO at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at

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