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NZ Google Apps to be deployed at Postal Services Group

Posted on 21-Jul-2009 13:26 | Filed under: News


Postal Services Group – a business within New Zealand Post Group – will further enhance productivity by moving to Google Apps, according to Postal Services chief executive officer Peter Fenton.

Postal Services Group has signed a three-year agreement with Fronde, a Google enterprise partner in New Zealand, which will see Google Apps rolled out to 2,100 Postal Services Group workers.

Google Apps – including mail, calendar, chat, video, docs and sites – will be rolled out to 2,100 Postal Services staff and a small number of staff within the wider New Zealand Post Group. Postini will be deployed to provide secure mail archiving for 10 years and spam protection.

The application will be progressively rolled out to Postal Services with assistance from Google, Fronde, Cloudbreak and Datacom Systems Ltd.

Mr Fenton said Postal Services wanted to give its people productivity tools that supported a high performance business culture and made it easier for people to work more creatively, collaboratively and flexibly.

“With Google Apps, there will be a dramatic increase mail box capacity, from 50Mb to 25Gb, boosting productivity by freeing employees from having to constantly manage email back ups.”

“Google Apps simplifies document sharing within a secure environment, either internally or to people working remotely. This will increase our ability to work collaboratively,” Mr Fenton said.

Moving to web-based tools means people could work securely from anywhere at anytime using any web-based device, Mr Fenton said.

Web-based tools such as Gmail were increasingly popular and many people, especially students, would expect to access the same tools at work, Mr Fenton said.

“Google Apps will help us retain our people and attract the next generation of talented graduates,” Mr Fenton said.

The agreement means Postal Services Group will move to a variable cost model so that IT costs could be more closely linked to business activity.

Head of enterprise for Google Southeast Asia Richard Suhr said that Postal Services Group was clearly committed to transforming the way they do business.

“Today’s announcement is further proof of the cloud computing revolution - mature technology delivered the right way by a fast moving and important local channel partner,” Mr Suhr said.

“This move positions Postal Services Group, an organisation that provides critical services to New Zealanders, as an innovation leader in the Asia Pacific region,” Mr Suhr said.