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An Invitation to OnDemand

Jason Dailey May 13, 2014

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Preparing Your Invitation to OnDemand

In my Introduction to OnDemand, I touched on some of the major benefits that the cloud technology trend, utilizing the concept of SaaS, offers your organization. Then I presented OnDemand as the SaaS product to host your ACS Technologies desktop software.

In this Invitation to OnDemand, among other things, you’ll read a couple of testimonies from people who actually work with OnDemand. They’re “in the trenches” just like you every day, and they’re experiencing the best of what cloud technology has to offer their organizations. In the end, we’ll tie it all in and invite you to embrace OnDemand.

Is Your Organization Prepared for the Unexpected? 

In other words, what kind of positive impact does the software that your organization uses make within the context of hectic weekly administrative tasks? Let’s face it, there’s no glory in tasks such as creating funds, running reports, organizing class schedules, or enrolling class attendees. However, a lack of so-called glory doesn’t mean a lack of importance. No. We know better than that. Actually, such tasks are among the most vital to your organization – administratively speaking. And such tasks aren’t immune from the unexpected.

For example, if your organization is a church, it might organize and host an annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the summer. What if enrollment greatly exceeds expectations? That’s the story of one pastor I spoke to whose church has used OnDemand for a number of years now. Recently, on the first day of VBS, attendance was much higher than anticipated. The pastor was able to quickly round up a few extra laptops, establish internet connections, and log in to the church’s OnDemand account on each laptop.

Thanks to SaaS technology in the form of OnDemand, the pastor and his staff were able to immediately convert each of those laptops into a check-in station for students. The church avoided what could have been significant delays to the VBS schedule on opening day. Is this the kind of flexibility your organization wants helping it overcome unexpected challenges?

Does Your Organization Have the Mobility It Needs? 

The same pastor told me that OnDemand has also increased the administrative productivity of his church due to the mobility of the product. Several years ago, he sustained significant physical injuries in an accident. The injuries required him to spend many weeks convalescing at home.

But in some ways, it was like he didn’t miss a day of work. Once again, thanks to OnDemand, the pastor was able to operate his ACS software with the same functionality as if he were sitting in his office at church.

He further testified that his church staff members have gained similar benefits when they’ve been home with personal or family member illnesses. With OnDemand, they can access their work wherever they have a reliable internet connection. So, whether they’re at home with a sick child or anywhere else for that matter, important work can get done.

He finished our conversation with the words “ACS OnDemand takes care of us.” That’s a remarkable statement considering the volume of administrative tasks that pastor and his staff handle every day.

Even When Times are Hard, There are Solutions

Not all stories from OnDemand users relate ideal circumstances. Just surviving can be an everyday challenge for some organizations. I spoke with a church office administrator who told such a story. Since the departure of the founding pastor, the church has experienced a decline in membership and attendance over the past year or so. Sadly, that resulted in a decrease in revenue as well as administrative and ministerial staff.

Undaunted amidst those circumstances and determined to survive, the remaining church leadership and staff embraced a much leaner approach to the daily administration of the church. A major part of that plan involved transitioning to OnDemand. Immediately, precious time and money were saved with the automation that OnDemand brought. There were no more server maintenance requirements and manual ACS software updates.

Furthermore, the mobility of OnDemand access has enabled the creative thinking of the staff to flow regarding how their church can maximize the effectiveness of its mission amidst its current challenges. With OnDemand, staff can work remotely and rotate being onsite at the church building. As a result, they’ve emptied some of the office space to be used for critical forms of ministerial outreach such as counseling – all because their administrative work can be accomplished in the cloud. This church’s very survival is bound up in its embracing of cloud technology.

Consider This… 

Multiple stories are told by organizations with diverse circumstances, missions, and needs. I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on your organization’s story and how the success of its story depends on the wisdom of looking ahead. The internet has an amazing future, and the cloud will continue to expand. Now’s the time to take notice of what cloud technology offers your organization. Your organization’s existence may depend on it. That’s no exaggeration. Regarding the cloud, don’t be like some organizations twenty years ago with the attitude “We don’t really need the internet.”

You’re Cordially Invited

With OnDemand, there’s no wasted technology potential for your organization – it’s all action with excellent results delivered to you.

 

Jason Dailey is a technical writer for ACS Technologies.

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