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!


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


3 Key Reasons for Small Business to Move to the Cloud in 2010

March 17, 2010

After reading Global CIO: The Top 10 CIO Issues For 2010” by Bob Evans published in Information Week, I started to think about the how his top 10 applies or translates to small business. Why should small business consider moving the cloud critical in 2010 to long-term success . As a small business owner, below is my take, I have condensed down to 3 key areas of opportunity.

Gain a Competitive Advantage in 2010

 As a small business, you have the advantage of agility and time to market. Focus on your customers’ needs and offer services before your larger competition. As a small business, typically the owner/CEO is the CIO. You do not have budget for trial and error or sourcing ongoing IT projects that have nothing to do with adding to your bottom line. If you’re looking for areas to cut cost and gain a competitive edge against your competition, moving core IT operations to the cloud should be a priority this year. The move will enable you to achieve the following:

1. Less IT spend, more investment in your business. Spend your budget on process improvement, customer acquisition, and retention; and let someone else worry about IT infrastructure. Implement communication and collaboration solutions that provide rich interaction and improve productivity and process automation to your sales team and customers. For example, improve your website to make purchasing your products or services simpler, provide an easy mechanism for your customers to interact with you and get answers quick.

2. Stay nimble as your business grows. Small businesses should learn from the IT issues of big business, and don’t get caught in the weeds. Understand critical business functions that can be moved to the cloud; select a trusted vendor that is stable, secure, and has a solid roadmap. Your customers will appreciate your capability to respond to their needs quickly, accurately, and with flexibility. Besides, it should be easier to integrate strategic process now than when you have tripled in size.

3. Reduce areas of overhead. This is not a fun topic, however as a small business overhead can tip the scales between success or extinction. Cloud technologies offer services agreements and system stability that require less investment IT management.

Vorsite is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner. We provide business solutions supported by Microsoft Cloud Services to small and mid-sized business. Vorsite was founded in 2000; we have successfully on-boarded over 85 businesses to the cloud since 2009.

You can find more information about Business Solutions in the Cloud on http://www.msonlineforbusiness.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?

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!


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


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