Find out how Easthall Resident’s Association were able to work more efficiently after transitioning from the traditional desktop-based Microsoft Office to a cloud-based subscription service
Easthall Residents Association are a small charity who work to improve the lives of residents in their local Glasgow community. They support the Glenburn Community Centre - a community hub for the people of Easthall, which features a cafe and IT suite - and offer a wide range of social activities and employment training for all age groups. Like many small charities, they found that their needs did not necessitate the traditional desktop-based version of Microsoft Office. By transitioning to cloud-based technology, the Easthall Residents Association was able to enjoy the increased flexibility of Microsoft Office 365.
After purchasing discounted charity subscriptions through the Charity Digital Exchange, the Easthall Residents Association found that the product met all of their requirements: and that the transition from desktop licenses to a cloud-based subscription was easily made.
Office 365’s paid subscription allows license-holders to download apps onto five different devices per user.
With this cloud-based subscription service, you pay per user per month: rather than buying licenses for a device, you buy it for the users. This has obvious advantages for smaller charities, as it provides in-built flexibility for organisations whose staffing levels fluctuate throughout the year; or charities who rely heavily on volunteers. Users can pay for what they need to use at the time and no more, and aren’t tied down to specific devices. This means that people can access documents and complete work on their own devices remotely - which helps increase efficiency.
The resident’s association purchased the subscriptions through the Charity Digital Exchange and contacted our customer service team for instructions on how to obtain the software.
An Office 365 subscription buys you access to a lot more than just Microsoft and word. The subscription also includes a number of apps for organisation, planning, and collaboration that are particularly worthwhile for smaller charities to get to know.
Easthall Resident’s Association found Outlook useful for communications, both internally between team members, and externally with partners and service users. They also found OneDrive very useful for saving and sharing documents. Part of the appeal of Office 365 for small charities is the increased capacity for remote work and collaboration that comes from pooling cloud-based resources.
They were able to obtain information on the various levels of subscription available through the Charity Digital Exchange, and our customer service team was able to help them choose the correct subscription for their needs.
However, they found that the product did not include as many design-based features as they would like. Like many small charities, they create poster campaigns, and other visual media, and Office 365 would need to be complemented with additional software to meet their needs.
The Charity Digital Exchange team offer a Cloud Manager Service to help with implementing your charity’s new Office 365 plan, helping you take the hassle out of set up and configuration.
You can view discounted charity subscriptions to Microsoft Office 365 here.