• Offers free Azure credits worth US $5000 to empower Non-Profits
• Microsoft India partners with NASSCOM Foundation to host #Azure4Good Workshop for Non-Profits
Hyderabad, 19 May 2017: As part of Microsoft’s ‘Public Cloud for Good’ initiative, Microsoft India is making Microsoft Azure broadly available to eligible non-profit organizations, bringing the power of technology to them. Qualifying non-profits can avail free Azure credits worth US $5000 for a year to unlock benefits such as insight, agility and operational efficiency. Globally, Microsoft is donating US $1 billion in cloud computing resources between 2016 and 2018 to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide, including in India.
To drive greater inclusion, Microsoft India partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to organize an Azure for Good workshop in Hyderabad today. Attended by 22 representatives from 12 local non-profits, the workshop highlighted how other organizations in the sector are using the cloud platform to drive greater impact among communities in the face of constant challenges of limited manpower and resources. Some of the participating non-profits included Share India, Rural Development Foundation, Parents Association for the Mentally Handicapped Persons, LEPRA Society, Hyderabad Eye Institute, CHORD, CAP Foundation, Bhagavatula Charitable Trust, Ashray Akruti, Jaldhaara Foundation, Dr. Reddy’s Foundation and Aide et Action.
Madhu Khatri, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft India, said, “Microsoft has a long-standing commitment to contribute in new and more impactful ways to a societal ecosystem that connects the benefits of technology to those who need it most and work harder to drive inclusion. We are pleased to partner with NASSCOM Foundation who share our vision to empower non-profits with cloud computing resources to improve human challenges.”
Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said, “NGOs across India are challenged by the lack of funds to setup the required ICT infrastructure for their portals, apps and other online solutions. This makes it difficult for them to scale up the good work and limits their own reach. We are glad to partner with Microsoft in offering the Azure services worth $5000 for a year free of cost to the eligible NGOs and are confident that this grant will more than suffice their cloud platform needs.”
New Delhi-based Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Information & Communication Technology, shared at the workshop, its story of migrating to the cloud to fulfill its mission of empowering people digitally especially those from the unreached and underserved communities of India. By adopting Microsoft Azure the organization has been able to save time and trouble with technology tools, accomplish more, streamline tedious tasks, and save money on tech support.
Similarly, Don Bosco YaR Forum, collaborated with App Point Software Solutions to create Child MISS (Management Information System and Services). It is a comprehensive Child Tracking System for effective data management, monitoring and reporting. Hosting the solution on the Azure public cloud platform enabled agility which helped scaling up infrastructure and improve the NGO’s responsiveness. It enables Child MISS to maintain a holistic database of all children and contributes to the speed, structure, knowledge and services for the care, protection, knowledge and development of at-risk youth. Microsoft Azure has helped Child MISS increase its impact by 200%.
Digital Empowerment Foundation and Don Bosco YaR Forum are compelling examples of how the Microsoft Cloud can empower nonprofits to achieve their missions with greater insights, capabilities and efficiency. The company’s approach reflects the unmet need it sees in communities around the world and the confidence it has in the ability of non-profits to drive digital inclusion and empowerment programs around the world.
About Azure for Good
As part of its commitment to building a global cloud for good, Microsoft is offering a comprehensive set of cloud services to non-profit organizations worldwide. Azure offers an integrated suite of cloud services – analytics, computing, web and mobile apps, networking, storage, and more to empower non-profit organization to achieve more through more insight, more efficiency and more impact. It also integrates seamlessly with the existing IT infrastructure and scales as the non-profit grows, giving them the ability to harness the power of Microsoft’s data centers for a wide range of capabilities and scenarios. Non-profits can use the Azure credits to purchase all Azure workloads created by Microsoft. After the credits run out, the subscription will convert into the commercially available “pay as you go” offer.
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 8,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research and development and customer services and support, across nine Indian cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.
About NASSCOM Foundation
NASSCOM Foundation is a leading non-profit organization driving technology for good. The Foundation’s work is just as expansive and evolutionary as the potential that technology and corporate India entail. Drawing strength from its parent body NASSCOM, the Foundation works closely with four major stakeholders: NASSCOM member companies, NGOs, emerging social enterprises and Government to foster a strategic relationship between technology and development. NASSCOM Foundation’s core initiatives include working for Persons with Disabilities, fostering innovative solutions for social good, creating unique skilling models for underserved communities, and digital literacy where it is the industry partner to the Govt. of India’s National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM / DiSHA)