Through this post, i acknowledge and appreciate NGOs/NPOs endeavors towards improving the socio-economic condition of the marginalised and economically challenged communities worldwide, and their various activities and initiatives.
NGOs and alike institutions can reach to more no. of people in a better economic/low cost way by implementing the right kind of Information Systems / IT innfrastrucures. While very few NGOs are making good use of technologies, the majorities are facing difficulties in getting the right solutions at an affordable price and then manage/administer such infrastructures without having a dedicated IT staff/ department.
Free and Open Source Software provides just the right kind of platform to develop such solutions for people especially those involved with Non-Government or Not-for-Profit organisations. It may well be useful for others but I single out this group because of the collaborative nature and ethics behind Free/Open Source Software and importantly its price and overall TCO/ROI may appeal to such groups. Free Software ensures that you don’t have to fall short of intuitive IT solutions simply because you are a Non-Profit.
The company DeepRoot Linux (http://deeproot.co.in), i worked at, they do just that. We create solutions and endeavour relentlessly towards liberating people and organisations from the Proprietary IT perspective. We ensure that if you want to employ GNU/Linux anywhere, we can offer you affordable, integrated and easy-to-use solutions and services for that. We develop Free Software products that are quick to deploy and easy to use. The strength of our products, the quality of our value added services, the dedication in our supports and our contributions to the FOSS (Free/Open Source Software), GNU Linux communities etc. have created a global playing field for us.
I've hands-on experience of working with lots of NGOs / NPOs as building their IT Infrastructures based on free and open source software like GNU Linux, RT, deepOfix Server etc. My company develops various customised web-based solutions for them.
DeepRoot Linux, With a decade old experience of working with so many NGOs, DeepRoot Linux now have a fair idea of the kind of requirements & constraints such organisation might have. As for your concern regarding the simplicity of user interface (UI), DeepRoot products are a hallmark of liberating simplicity. Basic understanding along with a little training will be enough to manage them. I anticipate that many NGOs/NPOs may be looking for someone who uses Free and open
source standards to build solutions and in this regard I can assure you that you will be working with just the right kind of people here.
You can visit the website [http://deeproot.co.in] for more details. Whenever it is convenient for you guys and discuss out any opportunities to serve your requirements, we can provide you with just the kind of solution you/your network of NGOs are looking for.
*** All the best for choosing a low cost way of building your IT Infrastructures.***