3 Ways Cloud Technology Helps Non-Profit

February 4, 2011

Non-profit organizations need to be efficient and effective managing donors, employees, and other stakeholders to succeed in bringing their vision to life.

One of the realities of being a non-profit organization (especially in a tough economy) is facing some competition for funds with other non-profits to sustain critical programs. While there are no easy answers, cloud services can help your team in three ways: (1) expands IT role to take on more strategic tasks, (2) lowers the total cost of technology, and (3) brings a hardworking, mission-focused team together.

(1) Expansion of IT Role

If you’re working for a non-profit organization, your IT department is likely swamped with end user issues on a daily basis.  While the cloud doesn’t take away the end users, it does promise a 99.9% uptime guarantee.  This means your organization’s email will be up and running anytime of day and the IT department can now focus its energies on more strategic goals for the organization.

(2) Lowers Costs

Lowering the cost of hardware can make a big difference to the bottom line, which means more resources to spend on those critical programs. Cloud services provide the benefit of little to no upfront costs and since the costs are scalable, you can predict monthly budgets depending on the number of users and which services are active.

(3) Brings a mission-focused team together

Non-profit organizations work hard every day to provide essential services to their community. One way to streamline processes and reward employee dedication is to provide resources that allow for more flexibility and timely access to information. A cloud-based email and file sharing service gives employees anywhere, anytime access to the information they need and promotes collaboration with fast visibility into calendars, shared files, and online presence of other coworkers. From the office – to board meetings – to a donor’s door, the cloud can keep your employees in sync.

How People for Puget Sound Benefited from Cloud Services

Cole Coleman from People for Puget Sound speaks about his experience with the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) with an emphasis on the ease of migration and compatibility across multiple operating systems.

Friendly Advice: Be sure to discuss any changes with your IT staff or an outside consultant, as not all cloud services are needed for every organization.   If you’d like an assessment, please call Aaron Nettles at (206) 781-1797 and see if your organization is ready for the cloud!

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Vorsite Delivers New Cloud Service: vorApps for SharePoint Online

September 30, 2010

Commercially available cloud service from Vorsite leverages the power of Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite and provides users with email enabled information management.

Today’s ever-changing marketplace requires organizations to increase efficiencies and react swiftly to opportunities and challenges. Many companies are held back by their reliance on manual processes to store and share information, resulting in lost productivity and delayed results. A trusted application that allows information flow and real-time collaboration with co-workers and decision-makers is the most sought after solution in business today.

The Evolution of Information Storage

vorApps for SharePoint Online delivers an email enabled information management solution leveraging the power of Microsoft SharePoint Online. Through simple automation, knowledge can be captured, searched, and accessed through SharePoint. Instantly your workers create an alternate secure location to shared inboxes. Whether team members are in the next room or on the next continent, the powerful combination of automation and storage drives business efficiencies and builds a more agile organization.

Information Interaction at your Fingertips

vorApps makes everyday tasks easy and efficient. Public folders have been around a long time and employees are used to interacting with them. Imagine storing your communications in a public folder experience directly from your e-mail solution. Imagine sending a fax directly to SharePoint instead of information going directly to your desktop or lost in a shared inbox. Give your team members the freedom to focus on strategy and core tactics to keep your business evolving in a hard economy.

vorApps for SharePoint Online features the ability to store incoming and outgoing emails from familiar SharePoint lists and document libraries. This means when a team member receives or sends an email it is instantly stored within SharePoint and securely accessed by anyone on the team. The experience will provide your team members with streamlined processes, which ensures document security and promotes collaboration.

Benefits

  • E-mail enabled information storage
  • E-mail automation
  • Fax automation
  • Public folder experience
  • Archiving

Key features include:

  • Email Services
    • Incoming/outgoing emails are stored and accessed from familiar SharePoint lists and libraries
    • Incoming/outgoing emails are stored in Windows Azure and accessible from SharePoint Online lists and libraries
  • Administration
  • Reporting

Download more information about vorApps for SharePoint Online [ PDF ]


4/22 Webinar: Key Reasons for Small Businesses Moving to the Cloud

April 8, 2010

Why should small businesses consider moving to cloud computing or Microsoft Online Services critical to a long-term success? Want to gain your competitive advantage in 2010?
As a Microsoft gold certified partner, Vorsite is hosting a special edition webinar to help you navigate through the cloud.  Register Now!

Key Reasons for Small Businesses Moving to the Cloud:
SharePoint Online Solution Showcase 
    Date:  Thursday April 22, 2010
    10:00 am – 11:00 am PST
    Presenter:Diane Gallagher, Vorsite CTO.
    Agenda:

  • Less IT spend, more investment in your business operation and customer acquisition
  • Stay nimble as your business grows
  • SharePoint Online Solutions Showcase

 

Microsoft Exchange Online mailbox is now 25GB per license: bigger mailbox, better productivity!

Learn More… Try 30-day BPOS free trial software http://www.TryMSOnline.com, or contact the Vorsite Online Services team(800) 218-7260 x101, TryMSOnline@vorsite.com


Move to the Cloud and Get $250 Cash Back!

February 25, 2010

Special Promotion Ends Soon:  Move to the Cloud and Get $250 Cash Back!

Vorsite Announcing $250 Cash Back with Subscription of Microsoft Online Services- Business Productivity Online Suite, Offer Expires March 31st 2010.

 Call (800) 218-7260 x101 to find out more!

Get started now:

  • Applicable Online Services:  Business Productivity Online Suite or stand-alone services (excluding Live Meeting)
  • Customers:  Customers with subscription of 25 seats or above
  • Call Now: Call (800) 218-7260 x101 or email trymsonline@vorsite.com ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Painless Migration: 

Vorsite’s BPOS Migration QuickStart services moves our customers business onto the Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Services Suite (BPOS). One of our experienced BPOS consultants will work with your company to ensure a painless transition while providing the knowledge to maintain your new services moving forward.

Call (800) 218-7260 x101 or email trymsonline@vorsite.com.

For more information, go to http://www.trymsonline.com


Feb Webinar Series: SharePoint Online Quick Start

February 4, 2010

Check out Vorsite’s Feb webinars that may benefit you to have more insights about Cloud Computing with Microsoft’ Online Services. 

1. Sharepoint Online Quick Start 

Wednesday February 10, 2010
11:00 am – 1200 pm PST

Time to recharge/update your Sharepoint knowedge!

Come join us to learn Product features, increased productivity, case study, and what to expect in migration.   Hear the real world example how Sharepoint Online can benefit your business, save cost up to 30%.

2. On-Premise vs. In the Cloud with Microsoft Online Services

Wednesday February 24, 2010
10:00 am – 11:00 am PST

  • On Premise vs. In the Clouds
       What Services Can You Move to The Cloud?
       What  is Your Business Priority Moving to The Cloud? 
  • Microsoft Online Services
       BPOS is The Right Choice for You.
  • Migration Process and What to Expect
       How Do You Start With Migration Process?
       Microsoft Has Tools for You to Migrate.
       Partner with Vorsite to Jump Start Your Migration.
  • What is Your Next Step?

Vorsite Presents: On Premise or In the Clouds with Microsoft Online Services

January 11, 2010
 
Vorsite is one of Microsoft’s leading Online Services Partners that has helped over 80 organizations move to the cloud in 2009.
In this event, we will discuss the right combination of on-premise and cloud-based solutions, and showcase Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Services.

When/Where
Date: Wednesday January 27, 2010
Welcome Reception: 11:30 AM PST (lunch will be provided)
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Microsoft Corporation, 205 108th Ave. NE, Suite 400, Bellevue, WA 98004
Cost: Free

Registration: Click Now!

*We will be giving away a free BlackJack smartphone at the end of the session for an early bird registrant!

What is this event for?
It will be a discussion about cloud services, the business value to your organization, and how Microsoft’s Online Services offering for SharePoint and Exchange can reduce your IT cost by 30%.

Why Attend
1. Moving to the cloud? Find the right combination of on-premise and cloud-based solutions for your organizations.
2. Understand how to reduce your IT cost by 30% with Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite. 
3. Explore the latest Microsoft Online Services, including Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Microsoft Office Communications Online.
4. Learn the migration process and deployment timeline.

Learn More… http://www.TryMSOnline.com, or contact the Vorsite Online Services team,(800) 218-7260 x101, mailto:TryMSOnline@vorsite.com


Collaboration and Communication In the Cloud or On-Premise?

June 8, 2009

If you are in the process of understanding the Microsoft Online Services offering BPOS(email, shared calendars, online meetings, messaging, document management etc…), this is a good starting point. Microsoft has recently published a whitepaper that discusses the business value of online services and a cost analysis for hosting your services on-premise or “in the clouds”.
Below is an excerpt from that recent Microsoft Whitepaper.

“When you add Microsoft Online Services to your IT investment mix, you gain potential added value for your business in four main areas:

• Finance: Reduced capital and operating expenses.
• Process: Enterprise-class availability and highly secure operations.
• Technology: Faster deployment of new services with access anywhere for your staff.
• People: Simplified and more secure user and administrator access to services so that your staff can focus on the core business.”

To read the full article go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9061e5e6-ea23-45c0-8389-0dfd63674356#tm


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