The GAA and Microsoft have announced a new strategic technology agreement between both organisations today. This agreement will see the GAA migrate to Microsoft Office365, enabling the Association to meet its growing technology and communication needs now and into the future. Microsoft Office 365 will be provided to clubs and county boards and will be managed centrally through the strategic agreement with Microsoft. It will be supported by migration and other services provided by Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Ergo.
“The GAA’s decision to enter into this agreement on Microsoft Office365 is a big milestone. Microsoft delivers secure and interoperable cloud services which increase productivity allowing Irish organisations to reach their full potential. Microsoft Office365 will enable the GAA to streamline their processes and create a service which enables them to collaborate with their growing membership here in Ireland and around the globe as the GAA’s popularity continues to grow. Implementing Microsoft Office 365 will help produce a more complete and secure experience for it’s users with greater flexibility to scale as demand and interest in the GAA continues to increase.”
Migration will take place starting today and will see the entire Cloud based platform up and running for January 1st 2014. This includes migrating all GAA user data such as email, calendars and documents. By moving to Microsoft Office 365 the GAA’s users will now have 50GB of storage for Outlook email and 25GB for SkyDrive Pro.
“Microsoft’s global devices and services vision will enable the GAA to grow its technology and communication tools into a one stop solution that fits all requirements. The immediate benefits will help to increase our administrators productivity while decreasing our overall annual licencing costs. Along with these important objectives, Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Ergo, will provide us with even more services and greater capacity which will benefit our administrators. Microsoft’s dedicated expertise and resources will help grow the GAAs IT strategic vision,” commented Declan Fanning GAA IT Manager.
Microsoft will also provide training material and training videos which will be uploaded onto the GAA eLearning platform. Training sessions will be provided online and in a teacher lead training environment to help officers get up to speed quickly on the new system. Ergo will provide a support desk and support email for users.
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