Teach for America is a non-profit organization with a mission to eliminate educational inequity by developing committed leaders in our classrooms today who will continue to fight for our students tomorrow. The organization, founded 25 years ago, recruits committed recent college graduates and professionals of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. It also trains and develops these corps members so that they have an immediate positive impact on their students.
With content scattered across 50 regional offices and no simple way to access and share organizational data located within local Network File Systems, Teach for America employees began using Cloud storage services on their own with no oversight or security from IT.
To give users ownership of their content and enable secure sharing inside and outside of the organization, TFA’s IT department made the decision to migrate its more than 2,500 users from on-premises NFS to Box. However, moving that content manually and organizing it into individual Box accounts became a time-consuming process.
“Initially we let users pick and choose what they wanted to move to Box on their own, but some users had more than 10GB of data each. It was decided that IT should handle such a complex process. We needed something that could easily sync our local servers to Box, while maintaining our permissions and file structures as well,” said Amish Chudasama, Senior Director of Enterprise Services and Integrations at Teach for America.