When the Child Study Center decided it needed to update its computing infrastructure, security and flexibility immediately came to mind.
The center specializes in ensuring children with developmental disorders reach their full potential by providing medical and psychological services and full service educational programs. Recently the Center began a full migration to Office 365, and systems administrator Garrett Taylor says the organization is excited about the future as it looks forward to increased efficiency, flexibility, and security.
The Center has about 100 staff members and 60 students at its single facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and Taylor said about 25 of the staff members could be classified as “all day long” email users. The site’s onsite servers were not only getting complex to manage, but they also posed a risk by having everything stored at the organization’s sole facility.
The organization has to handle the sensitive health records of children, so security is critical. Taylor said the ability to have the Center’s file servers, email systems, and software programs available to employees from just about anywhere, while still maintaining security, was a major factor in moving to Office 365.
Taylor said the Center’s staff was really excited to start using Sharepoint. The collaborative software will allow the organization’s employees to work together, even if they’re working from home.
By migrating, the Center not only improved in efficiency, but the disaster recovery abilities offered by running the organization’s operations from the cloud took some pressure off Taylor and the rest of the staff.
“The disaster recovery is what started the conversation,” Taylor said. “It takes a lot of stress on me and the rest of the staff in case our system ever goes down.”
Taylor said the best part of course, was that it was free. The Center was expecting to pay a per-user fee when implementing the system, but when the organization began to look into nonprofit pricing they realized Tech Impact was there to help.
“Because it was free, we were able to have it all migrated and handled for less than the cost of a server, which is pretty great,” Taylor said.
The Child Study Center just started their migration a few weeks ago, and they’re hoping to have it complete by early August. They do amazing work, and we at Tech Impact are thrilled that we were able to work with such a worthy organization.
Check out the Child Study Center’s website to learn more about this great organization.