The National Coalition Against Censorship is a small nonprofit – so small that they don’t have a full-time IT staffer. Their in-house Exchange server required constant maintenance – meaning hourly bills from an IT vendor – so it made sense to move email to the cloud. That’s where I came in. Google Apps for Nonprofit is a great (and free) way of ‘cloud-sourcing’ email, calendars, file sharing, and collaboration solutions. Using Google’s tools, I imported the current Exchange users and migrated their email and other data over. Then I went desk to desk and configured users’ email clients, set up their mobile devices, and perhaps most importantly, talked them through the new system and any changes to their routine.
One of the great things about a small organization is that you don’t have to standardize everything – it’s a more personalized way of working. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have world-class IT solutions. With the right IT provider, you can get the one-on-one support you’ve come to rely on, with the industrial-strength tools and reliability of a large infrastructure. And by working on a project, rather than hourly, basis, you get the type of accountability and commitment to sustainable results offered by full-time staff. It’s all part of a holistic approach to technology.