FREE Cloud computing workshop for Charities
Hot air or real potential to save money? The future for the IT savvy or for all?!
A free workshop for charities, not for profit and voluntary organisations at the NCVO HQ in London* to help you clarify the pros and cons of this rapidly emerging area of computing.
This is NOT a technical workshop! It is applicable to Chief Executives, Finance, Office and IT Managers - whoever is responsible for how new technology can help the operation of an organisation and provide avenues to save money and manpower.
Organised by Microsoft, AIMS Online Services and Entec Novare this workshop will cover the basics of “what is cloud computing?”, what software is available, the remarkably low costs and whether it is suitable for everyone and everything (it’s not – come and find out why!). The workshop takes place 9:30 to 12:00 on Thursday 21 July 2011.
Many charities have been already using some cloud computing for a number of years. Certain versions of anti-virus and internet security software, from the companies such as McAfee, sit in “the cloud” and are utilised, “behind the scenes”.
Microsoft’s Email, Calendars and Contacts, SharePoint (a server providing a storage area for your files) and Live Meeting (inexpensive conference and video calls and meetings) have been available for some while in the cloud.
The significant change will be the introduction by Microsoft in June 2011 of their most commonly used products. Office and Windows - already in use by multiple millions of users throughout the world - will be available via the Microsoft Cloud as components of Office 365.
Instead of purchasing Microsoft licenses or using the Microsoft Donations Programme (if available to you) you can choose to pay a small monthly subscription (charities get a special rate) for as many or as few people as you need and the number can be varied to suit the changing demands of your organisation.
You may no longer have to purchase server hardware and licenses (and potentially replace them every 3 to 5 years) for those applications usually requiring a server, such as Exchange (for Email). You can start with just one user!
Within the voluntary sector the ideal time to implement the cloud may be at start-up, for a new project, when existing servers need replacing, when you need access from anywhere or, in the current economic climate, when you need to find a way to reduce costs without reducing functionality.
The workshop will cover these aspects and more. When you respond, if you submit specific questions, we will do our very best to answer these on the day. In addition there will be live demonstrations of cloud computing, explanations the costs and security for your data.
Booking your place is easy: simply email email@example.com with:
- Your name (and those of any colleagues who would like to attend)
- Your organisation’s name and a best telephone number
- and any specific queries
- phone 01462 499599.
We look forward to meeting you and your colleagues.
*The National Council for Voluntary Organisations is at Regents Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL, 10 minutes walk from Kings Cross Station. Full directions will be sent 7 days before. Refreshments will be provided.
Eligibility and Proof of Status:
Education Institutions: Official Purchase Order
Charities and Not for Profit organisations: Official Purchase Order
Staff and Students: Please phone or email with School/College/University and payment details
All prices shown exclude VAT.