Mobile devices and applications that allow us to go about our everyday tasks on the move create enormous amounts of value. Mobile technology has taken the workplace by storm, with an estimated 40% of employees using personal mobile devices for work (Gartner.com).
This all-hours access through mobile and tablet devices is facilitated by the cloud.
The benefits of efficient mobile working align particularly closely with how charitable organisations operate, with the workforce comprising of a mix of office-based and on-the-street employees.
By creating a mobile IT infrastructure underpinned by a hosted environment, street donation collectors can keep in touch and collaborate with dispersed team members or those back in the head office, updating Word and Excel reports through Office 365 and communicating securely through IM (instant messaging) and Outlook email.
A hosted desktop solution allows your street fundraisers to access key data and applications practically anywhere and from any device. Access secure computing, reduce IT support issues and add and remove users with ease – perfect for charities with the variable staff numbers.
Your data and applications are hosted in secure local data centres – saving money on on-premise hardware.
Similarly, Hosted Voice – a VoIP system – guarantees a complete, reliable, high-quality phone system, hosted in the cloud. Staff on the move will never miss a call – use the central portal to set up sophisticated call forwarding. Integrate your employees into your phone system from any location that has internet access.
Utilising mobile applications, hosted desktop or hosted voice through the cloud, on-the-move charity fundraisers are able to go out and get the job done, whilst remaining seamlessly connected with the rest of their organisation. And with the various enterprise mobility suite management solutions available from vendors such as Microsoft, charities can ensure that accessing hosted software through smartphone and tablet devices remains secure, keeping the donors’ and charities’ data safe.
The ability to access the applications used daily, such as Microsoft Office or your email client, allows the Fundraisers and Trustees of charities to become better connected and ultimately raise more money.