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!


Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Reduce IT Cost?

January 11, 2010

Learn to Reduce IT Cost by 30% with Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite – Register Free Webinars Now!

  • Jan 13th, Wed – Business Productivity Online Suite 101. Learn more!
  • Jan 14th, Thu – SharePoint Online 101.  Learn more!

Or, go to TryMSonline.com for 30-day free trial of Business Productivity Online Standard Suite!

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.

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

Two webinar offerings: Learn how to increase your business productivity with Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).

December 10, 2009

Here is your last chance in 2009 to learn how to increase your business productivity with Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) – Register Now!

How do you realize new efficiency?  Cost cutting is not a long-term winning strategy.  To build a sustainable competitive advantage, companies must ultimately do two things- increase productivity and find ways to deliver new value to customers.

Vorsite Corp. offers two webinar series for you to learn about Microsoft Online Services.  In the webinar series you’ll be shown simply and clearly:

Streamlined communications. Your users can work with the same rich clients they already know and use—all within an integrated experience, from virtually any device, in almost any location.
Simplified management. Provide the tools your organization needs without requiring ongoing upgrades or installations. Microsoft Online Services put our IT resources to work for you.
Business-class security and reliability. Work with confidence knowing that these Online Services from Microsoft run on a network of world-class data centers protected by multiple layers of security, operational best practices – all while providing 99.9% uptime.

Webinar Series : Business Online Productivity Suite 101

When:  Wednesday, Dec 16

10:00-11:00 AM PST 

Webinar Series: SharePoint Online 101

When:  Thursday, Dec 17

 10:00-11:00 AM PST

Prices slashed for Email and Collaboration Online Services

November 3, 2009

Microsoft made effective November 3, 2009, some of the Microsoft Online hosted services available at a new low price. The effective changes include Exchange Online Standard at $5 per user/per month, SharePoint Online Standard at $5.25 per user/per month, and Business Productivity Online Suite at $10 per user/per month.

A 30-Day trial of the services is available at no charge, for more information about the trial you can learn more here. 

To learn more about the Busines Online Productivity Suite go to www.TryMSOnline.com

October Release Annoucements for BPOS

October 19, 2009

Below is an excerpt from the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog

Upgrades and Enhancements    
The following features and capabilities are included in this Service Update:

 Bulk Activation of Users
Commandlets added in this Service Update are:

  • Enable-MSOnlineUser
  • Get-MSOnlineSubscription
  • Set-MSOnlineUserPassword

POP Mail Clients
Supported e-mail clients for Exchange Online are being expanded to include POP-based clients. Previously, Exchange Online supported only Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 and 2007.

Support for 30,000 Users

The Microsoft Online Services Administration Center will support as many as 30,000 users, improving management and administration for larger organizations. Previously, Microsoft Online Services supported up to 10,000 users.

Enhanced Support for Mac OS
The Service Update includes several enhancements that will provide a more efficient communication and collaboration experience for organizations with Mac users.

 For the full October Update go to the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog http://blogs.technet.com/msonline/archive/2009/10/14/service-update-october-2009-release-availability-features-announced.aspx

“Send on behalf” and forwarding is available with BPOS

September 21, 2009

Did you know… 

These two features are server side and can be enabled within Exchange Online.  How? Open a support case with Microsoft and specify the accounts you would like set up for either feature. 

Not subscribed to Microsoft Online Services yet?  Take it for a test drive today!  Learn More at www.trymsonline.com or contact us at trymsonline@vorsite.com .

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