When the Women’s Law Project decided to upgrade their computing capabilities earlier this year, IT Director and Programs Manager Barbara DiTullio knew she wanted a system that would provide flexibility, efficiency, and security.
The organization, a legal advocacy group for women’s issues based in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, decided to migrate its network over to Office 365, and to do it they looked to a local friend, Tech Impact. The project started in February, but really didn’t get going until May, DiTullio said. By mid-June, the implementation was complete.
“Everything migrated overnight, and now we’re just trying to get people used to using it,” DiTullio said, adding that the more tech-savvy members of the Women’s Law Project are already off and running, and excited, about the new system. “I absolutely love it. I’ve been excited about this transition and other people in our office have been as well.”
Like many organizations, prior to the switch the Women’s Law Project was hosting an internal email system with on-site servers. DiTullio said she always dreaded the day that the organization’s servers would go down, and said they took a lot of time and attention to keep running.
By switching to Office 365 and moving the organization’s file servers to the cloud, DiTullio said the implementation made her life a lot less stressful.
“This has been such a burden off of my shoulders,” she said. “We haven’t had any problems, so we’re thrilled.”
The organization is smaller than most with nine full-time staff members, six in Philadelphia and three in Pittsburgh. But with multiple locations and a need for constant communication between staff members and about nine other volunteers and interns, the features offered with Office 365 was a no brainer.
DiTullio said she believes Microsoft is “right on” for allowing nonprofits to have free or affordable access to the technology. The organization used to rely on donations from law firms and other sources to supplement its IT and technology budgets, but partnerships like the one with Tech Impact has changed the way they embrace technology.
The organization also upgraded to Office 2013 when they switched to 365, DiTullio said, and she is already encouraging her staff members to get their hands dirty with exciting new collaborative features like Sharepoint and Lync.
DiTullio said efficiency gained by the upgrade in technology felt like the equivalent of adding new staff members.
“If you’re able to take advantage of the technology, it’s like adding another person for every person that’s here,” DiTullio said. “It’s efficiency and productivity, I’m really pleased with it, and it’s really brought our office closer together.”
Just another happy partner, and we at Tech Impact were thrilled to work with such an impressive organization so close to home. Check out the Women’s Law Project’s website to learn more about their work.