Office 365 - Why did UW-Madison choose Microsoft Office 365?
A cross-campus team conducted a thorough evaluation of campus requirements. After narrowing the search to Microsoft Office 365, Google Mail & Calendar, or a combination of the two, they selected Microsoft Office 365 because it offered the best match for UW-Madison’s functional, technical, and legal requirements. Google Mail & Calendar was not able to be adopted by the entire campus because it lacks a business associate agreement (BAA) which protects personal health information in accordance with HIPAA guidelines. It was determined that the requisite effort associated with a dual solution would outweigh the benefits. Replacing the many email and calendaring systems on campus with one common system will save money and staff time, as well as enable greater collaboration.