Global Ministry Uses Hosted Communication Services to Save $375,000 Annually
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a nonprofit Christian organization based in Kansas City, Missouri. Its field staff requires reliable messaging and collaboration technology to grow the organization's ministries. Yet the latest version of the Lotus Notes e-mail service had been difficult to deploy, and the collaboration and workflow applications that FCA built using IBM Lotus Notes technology were not user-friendly. FCA replaced Lotus Notes with Microsoft Online Services, gaining low-cost, hosted communication and collaboration services that require little maintenance for the small IT department. With Web-based access to e-mail messages, calendars and contacts, and online meeting and instant messaging technologies, employees can work more productively to attain ministry growth goals. Also, FCA expects to save 50 percent in travel costs.