When two companies as synergistic as Box and SkySync get together to help non-profit organizations help make the world a better place, only good things can happen. Box recently established Box.org, a program designed to provide its cloud services to nonprofit organizations across the country at a highly discounted cost. Likewise, the SkySync Platform is mirroring those discounts. Both companies are dedicated to helping these groups gain a higher level of data access and collaborative ability.
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity in United States. Headquartered in Oakland, California with offices in Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York, PolicyLink’s tagline is “Lifting Up What Works” through increasing economic opportunity, health and wellness, affordable housing, and quality education for communities of color.
While administered from its key offices, the vast majority of PolicyLink’s work is done locally; in cities, communities and neighborhoods across the nation. Its many partnerships with foundations and action-oriented non-profit organizations help fuel PolicyLink’s ability to achieve their many missions and objectives. Their key driver is having the ability to successfully orchestrate the many elements it takes to bring these efforts to fruition.
PolicyLink’s challenge is being able to provide its employees traveling in the field, as well as its collaborating partners, continual access to data. Montana Rane, Senior Network Engineer at PolicyLink explained that the organization utilizes a Network File-Share environment at its offices. The organization wanted to find a way to extend access to the field so that all collaborators would have easy access to ongoing project files. This includes the full range of Office files, large data sets, GIS data and the like. “We have about 70 people that need remote access to all of our files,” said Montana. “Access and sharing is extremely important to us.”