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November 1, 2011

Trinity Mirror moves to Google’s cloud for its collaboration needs

Trinity's staff will have access to Gmail with integrated Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Sites

By CBR Staff Writer

Trinity Mirror, a UK based newspaper publisher, has moved to cloud-based service Google Apps for Business for its communication and collaboration needs.

The publisher’s shift to cloud services is expected to speed up internal processes and encourage teamwork and innovation amongst its 6,500 employees, who are spread across 60 locations.

Staff will have access to a range of web-based features, including Gmail with integrated Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Sites.

Trinity Mirror employees will be able to collaborate more effectively, working in the same documents in real-time, from any location and from any Internet-connected device.

The collaborative features in Google Apps are expected to improve teamwork and empower departments and individuals to set up their own projects without the need to involve IT and without being restricted by technology, according to Trinity Mirror.

The move will also free people from mundane daily administrative tasks, such as managing busy inboxes, merging document changes or keeping track of latest versions of documents and sending around numerous attachments.

Trinity Mirror Google Apps product manager Steve Walker said they expect the real-time, collaborative features of Google Apps to enable them to make some real changes to the way we work, leading to a more productive workforce and helping them to become more profitable and innovative.

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"For the many journalists in the business who work on tight deadlines and need to find the latest and most relevant information at the drop of a hat, this should prove invaluable," said Steve Walker.

Trinity Mirror’s move to Gmail, along with its move to Talk and Calendar, is expected to be finalised in November.

The company said it also plans to release a new intranet built in Google Sites at the same time and fully deploy Google Docs and SItes across the group early next year.

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