The benefits of Hosted Desktop for Charities and Not for Profit organisations
All organisations want to keep costs down, but if you are a charitiy this is even more important. Every penny you spend on admin is a penny not spent on charitable work. Your charity deserves the latest in technology but you also need to focus time and budget on core activities. Many businesses are already realising the cost savings that cloud computing can bring but if you are a charity the savings are even greater.
How Hosted Desktops for Charities work and how they will save you money
Similar to a typical PC a Hosted Desktop has all your applications, Office, Accounting, Email, HR etc. and all your data in one place, but that place is “In the Cloud” or in reality, if you host with Your Office Anywhere, in one of our data centres in Manchester. This means you can access your desktop anywhere there is an Internet Connection, this is great for charities with members working overseas as they can get the same desktop applications as if they were in the office. Your applications might be Windows based but you can access from any device: PCs, MACs, iPads, Android tablets etc. Brilliant if you have volunteers working for your charity as they can bring their own devices, whatever they are. With hosted desktop you have no local server to buy and maintain, no IT support costs and no upfront licence costs. In fact most software vendors offer significantly lower prices for registered Charites often less than a third the cost of a corporate licence.
Many charities and not for profits tender for short term government contracts 1 or 2 years. If you have to make a one off purchase of IT infrastructure and Software licences this is a big chunk out of your funds, and is potentially wasted when the contract ends. When you host with Your Office Anywhere there are no long term contracts, you just pay monthly for what you need, and you can flex up or down as circumstances dictate.
So how much will it really cost?
Here’s some examples of typical prices for registered charities, these are based on per user per month:
- Basic Hosted Desktop Price to run your own software – £16.60
- Hosted Desktop with Microsoft Office Standard – £19.60
- Hosted Desktop with Microsoft Office Standard and Exchange Email £27.10
Why Host with Your Office Anywhere
Rather than blow our own trumpet please read this feedback about Your Office Anywhere (Cardium Outsourcing Ltd.) from Robert Stanford, IS Manager of Age UK Essex. “Cardium was the only organisation I approached that immediately understood Age UK Essex’s zero desktop support strategy. They fully understood the concept of using Chromebooks and other devices (including Windows) to deliver a managed Windows 7 desktop environment to support legacy dependencies that fully integrated with our Google Apps deployment. Cardium then went on to work with me to produce a detailed technology specification to a tight budget. I was impressed with Cardium’s “can do” attitude, extensive knowledge and willingness to prototype solutions at low risk to Age UK Essex. Cardium have continued to deliver excellent customer service which is cost effective and responsive.”