One of the common
characteristics of cloud-based services is the pay-by-month or pay-by-year
model. TechSoup donor partner, Huddle,
which is our cloud-based collaboration and content management donor partner has
just broken that mold. Huddle is offering its online service to charities and
libraries at a one-time admin fee, and a very reasonable one at that.
According to our 2012 NGO
Global Cloud Survey, collaboration is already one of the top ten
current uses for cloud-based software among charities. Geri Stengel’s recent article on Forbes.com describes
why collaboration is a big deal for charities. I think she means it mostly in
the sense of expanding services without increasing costs, but charities
collaborate in all manner of ways. We work together in grant-funded projects,
with teams of volunteers, with public agencies, with other nonprofits. It's our
Huddle is very useful for collaboration
and also for project management.
To get down to specifics, Huddle
provides cloud-based file sharing, file storage (10 GB), content management,
task management, collaborative calendaring, reminders, meeting organizing,
discussion boards, plus a bunch of other things. It is usable with PCs, Macs,
and mobile devices, and is available in 15 languages.
It is now in use by more
than 100,000 organizations worldwide, including big companies like Disney,
public entities like the government of the UK, and thanks to TechSoup
Huddle donations – lots of charities. One of the things I like about it is
that is one of the more intuitive online project management services out there.
I used it to project manage our recent global
NGO cloud survey.
Last year Huddle
became a TechSoup donor partner, and provided a way for nonprofits to very
cost-effectively try out such a project management/collaboration tool. Huddle
Foundation, just this week, made the donation more accessible to charities
by switching from a $99 per year admin fee to a $125 "perpetual
license" admin fee. In other words, qualified charities and libraries can
get the service for up to 25 users year after year with only a one-time admin
fee. This really is quite extraordinary in the cloud world.
To quote Jon Landau, VP of
the Huddle Foundation: "The Huddle Foundation program has been created to
help all global nonprofit organizations, regardless of size and income to more
easily fund, access and utilize Huddle's cloud collaboration software. Huddle’s
technology has proven itself to be of significant benefit to all types
organizations both small and large across the world in helping them connect
internal & external teams, manage projects and share information securely
and effectively. With the new perpetual Huddle donation offer via TechSoup, we
hope to enable more nonprofit organizations to realize these benefits and
assist them in achieving their own charitable aims."
If you already have a Huddle
donation from TechSoup, you're now automatically included in the perpetual
license. There'll be no more Huddle admin fees for you and no expiration date
on your account. If your Huddle account recently reached its year-end before
this change, your account is still active with the same log-in credentials. You
also now have a perpetual license agreement.
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