The Humanitarian Cloud Model
The traditional model of non-profits obtaining donations of computers and software from different firms and operating it themselves, is rapidly being displaced by newer technical trends. With The Humanitarian Cloud™, donations from different technology firms are deployed at a cloud-based service provider, from which it can be shared amongst multiple non-profits in different locations. This reduces costs and the need for in-house technical skills, allowing non-profits to focus on their core mission. Combining these on-demand computing resources with cloud based software, (SAAS) services and databases of volunteers and consultants, further enhance the solution.
The value of cloud computing:
- Provides between 30%-50% cost-savings for technology capital expenditures, hardware, software and IT support while expanding data integration services and infrastructure services to all Organizations
- Provides increased access to services and tools without the need to invest in additional infrastructure
- Provides the ability to access cloud applications from a variety of devices—desktops, laptops, mobile devices
- Provides solutions that can help organizations fill existing gaps in their technology, yet flexible enough to use existing local resources to expand learning opportunities
Key Benefits of Humanitarian Cloud Cloud Based Approach
- On Demand - Tap into computing resources, software and volunteers, when needed at minimal expense Regardless of where located globally
- Organizations and Social Service Groups - Allows non-profits to focus on their mission without the need to invest resources on buying and managing computers and technology related equipment
- Better efficiency – More cost effective use of technology. Ability to help multiple non-profits with one server / storage unit.
- More effective – Faster delivery of new services. Easier for volunteers to help remote non-profits. Offer wide range of software solutions without needing non-profit to install locally.
CDW and its Service Provider(s)
- Improves cost structure – Use technology donations , grants to get better efficiencies of scale and improve service delivery.
- Software Developers – Distribute their software packages designed for non-profits through the cloud. Non profits can share software they’ve developed through the cloud in a SAAS model.
Migrating Software to the Cloud