Cloud Computing Resources To Be Donated To Non-Profits
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday 19 January 2016 that his company will donate $1 billion in Microsoft Cloud services to nonprofits over the course of the next three years. The plan is to support a total of about 70,000 nonprofits on Microsoft’s cloud platforms like Azure, Office 365, PowerBI and CRM online through this program.
“Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation,” said Nadella in today’s announcement. “Now more than 70,000 organizations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition and drive new growth equally.”
Now, in unpacking this huge announcement by Microsoft there are a few issues to be noted. Firstly, this donation in cloud technology to Non-Profits, will result in a marked increase in cloud adoption in this global industry worth billions of US Dollars, annually. There has been largely minimal use of cloud technologies, as traditionally data kept by non-profits should remain stored and located in the country where the NPO is operating. So moving such data to the cloud where the data will be pretty much stored in data centers around the world, is quite a game changer!
Secondly, training classes at some point will be have to be delivered to be delivered to these Non-Profits, so that they can acquire the skills that will help them to make full use of the technologies to meet their needs. This program is expected to run over the next 3 years. Therefore, once the program is over, these non-profits will require further technical support going forward so that they can continue using these technologies over the long haul, instead of ditching the software altogether because the program has expired.
In addition, Microsoft plans to expand its grants for free access to Azure storage and computing resources for university researchers. Currently, about 600 research programs are in this program and Microsoft plans to expand its donations program by 50 percent.
So this is an interesting development, worth watching out for especially for Microsoft Partners who have exposure to the Non Profit industry. Opportunities as moves to the cloud, one person at a time!