Microsoft to offer cloud services to NGOs in UAE
Microsoft is committed to helping non-profits and NGOs through its Public Cloud for Good initiative
Microsoft has unveiled it plans to make Microsoft Azure available to eligible non-profit and non-governmental organisations, as part of its Philanthropies division and its ‘Modern Non-profit' campaign.
Microsoft Azure's cloud services help organisations accelerate innovation with integrated intelligence that powers insights and decision-making, supports a broad selection of operating systems, and provides industry-leading security. The cloud suite available to non-profits already includes Office 365, Power BI, Dynamics CRM, and Enterprise Mobility. These solutions improve NGOs' agility and flexibility while helping them to optimise operations and increase impact.
Through this campaign, NGOs can access Microsoft data centres around the world, as well as its computing and storage power, to develop and run their applications and to manage relationships with donors, volunteers and beneficiaries. They can also manage all of their devices, applications and data on a cross-platform basis.
Dr. Mona Al Bahar, CEO of Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, said: "Receiving Microsoft cloud services for free allows us to understand the secrets contained in the data in such a way as to create new opportunities and improve the services that we offer. The cloud also improves the quality of communication and problem solving, while helping us to work more productively and efficiently."
This forms part of Microsoft's ‘Public Cloud for Good' initiative. In January 2016 Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, announced that the company will donate $1bn in cloud computing resources over the next three years to 70,000 non-profits and NGOs worldwide.