Like many nonprofits, the employees of California’s Path Point find themselves working across a wide area, often far away from one of the organization’s 23 offices.
Path Point helps people with disabilities or other disadvantages lead fulfilling lives by providing work training programs and other resources that allow them to become valuable resources in their communities.
While the number of offices and employees offers the organization flexibility, it also presents some serious challenges. How do you keep 400 staff members connected while they work on the go across four southern California counties?
To meet these challenges, Path Point partnered with Tech Impact in an effort to implement Office 365 for each of the organization’s employees. Curt Dennett, Path Point’s director of information technology, said keeping employees connected is a top priority.
Dennett, who has worked with Path Point for over 19 years, said that the organization’s admin/IT budget typically accounts for less than 10 percent of overall spending, so he’s always looking for affordable ways to improve Path Point’s technical resources.
“Recently we started thinking that we need to utilize our resources better. As a service organization we try to put most of our resources into staff,” Dennett said. “I’m always thinking for ways that we can stretch a penny as far as possible.”
Path Point paired up with Tech Impact through a mutual relationship with Techsoup. The goal was to virtualize the organization’s servers and software so employees didn’t have to come to an office to access Path Point’s network. Not unlike many organizations both in the nonprofit and for-profit worlds, Path Point is also learning that operating a high number of offices can result in costly and sometimes unnecessary overhead.
Tech Impact’s services help by allowing organizations to utilize the latest in cloud technologies by staying connected on the go. With Office 365 Path Point’s employees are able to work as they would in the office, but on the go.
“Tech is so big for every organization, including ours,” Dennett said. “We have to be able to communicate and relay information as efficiently as possible. Communication is key.”
Dennett said he could not be happier with the way the project is turning out. He’s currently in the exchange phase, and is looking forward to implementing Sharepoint to move more of the organization’s files to the cloud to give employees even more mobility and flexibility.
“It’s been great, I can’t say enough about them (Tech Impact),” Dennett said. “I wish I discovered them years ago, actually. It’s nice to have someone to call. They’ve been a great resource.”
Path Point understands that technology never stops changing, and Dennett said the organization’s relationship with Tech Impact allows them to keep up with those changes and stay out front, without going broke in the process.
“They (Tech Impact) understand that we don’t have the same resources that for-profit organizations do, but we still have the same tech needs,” Dennett said.
With Tech Impact’s help, Path Point continues to move forward, allowing its employees to focus on the people they serve instead of being hampered by cumbersome and outdated tech resources.