Global Washington uses Cloud to Enable Non-Profit Organizations

October 7, 2011 by Jon Corwin

Global Washinton uses Cloud to Enable Non-Profit Organizations

Global Washington’s mission is to help Washington State’s non-profits work together to alleviate world poverty, however they lacked the budget and IT expertise to build an effective technology solution. Bluelock, with Esri ArcGIS (Geographic Information Systems) and VMware, developed and launched a sophisticated database-driven GIS application delivered as SaaS from the cloud.

A membership association that promotes and supports the global development sector in Washington State, Global Washington’s vision was to create a cohesive, viable online community where non-profits can learn and collaborate with other members working in the same space. Technology implementation is especially difficult for international development organizations. Global Washington addressed this technology gap with Bluelock Virtual Datacenters, powered by VMware vCloud Director.

On-demand access to computing resources through Virtual Datacenters allowed Esri to package the GIS applications as a virtual appliance (or vApp) within 48 hours and complete the first phase of the project within two months. Future customers seeking this type of GIS cloud-based solution can now publish that vApp from the vCloud App Catalog on-demand.

The pilot was a resounding success and the GIS application dramatically improved service delivery. “With the help of Esri, VMware, and Bluelock, we’re using cloud technology from our Virtual Datacenter to help our non-profit members increase the visibility of their activities, improve communication and collaboration, and advocate more effectively for the causes they support.” stated Bookda Gheisar, Executive Director at Global Washington.

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