I have had the joy of guiding the church in the area of information technology for the last 14 years. One important truth I learned during this time is that unawareness and fear of failure are major reasons why churches and other non-profits delay or altogether deny adopting new and awesome technologies like “Cloud Computing”.
If the title “Cloud Computing” sounds complicated, then the book “2011: The year churches move to the cloud?” by Ben Sinclair is for you. It’s a free E-book that explains the concept of Cloud Computing and how churches and non-profits can enjoy its vast array of benefits free of charge or at very affordable rates. Given below is a short excerpt from the book.
The most common company out there at the moment doing this well is Google Apps (http://www.google.com/apps/). For those who don’t know what Google Apps does, it basically sets you up with a Gmail account (while using your churches domain name) and gives you access to all the online features such as email, a calendar and documents. It’s free, and you can have up to 50 accounts (I’ve heard of churches with more than 50 without paying) and around 7GB of storage for each account. That’s a lot of emails!
I love this book for the following reasons,
- Written in simple Layman’s language
- Explains how to migrate to cloud from common, already existing systems.
- Possible disadvantages are revealed too – this makes it easy to plan ahead while watching out for technical pitfalls and dead ends.
- Limited to 10 pages
- It’s Free!