GMFs IT Challenge
GMF's IT Challenge
GMF is a small business, and despite all the money that it disperses, it doesn't have large administrative or IT budgets. Thus, it cannot afford to implement corporate-grade Internet connections in its offices around the world; several of its offices only employ two people.
With eight offices around the world, including four in Eastern Europe (an area known for poor Internet performance), and GMF's need for collaboration between all of its offices, the search began for an affordable way to bring it centralized management, centralized security and faster network performance.
GMF uses the Web mostly for taking in grant applications from all over the world, which often can become large files, thanks to various supporting documents-including audio and video files. There is also a fair amount of collaborative document and e-mail traffic among the eight offices.
"We have a Web-based CRM in many of our offices, and it just wouldn't work," O'Brien said. "When we launched it, we realized it would only be available in some European offices, and in other European offices it just wouldn't work."
Having some offices up and running and others out of the loop at any given time simply wasn't acceptable.
"We are about to launch a new application for grants management," O'Brien said. "To do that, we knew we were going to have to upgrade our entire Internet section [of the data centers], which could end up costing thousands and thousands of dollars, or else look at WAN [wide-area network] acceleration."