The Atlantic Philanthropies Case Study


The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of people who are disadvantaged by their economic situation, race, nationality, gender, age, disabilities, immigration status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religion. They make grants through their Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health and Reconciliation & Human Rights programmes. They are active in Australia, Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam.

They are committed to making immediate improvements in the lives of people who need change the most by spending Atlantic’s entire endowment by 2020 in keeping with the “Giving While Living” philosophy of the founder, Charles “Chuck” Feeney.

At Atlantic Philanthropies they use Blackberry extensively throughout the organization, to date it has mainly been the standard functionality of E-mail, calendaring, contacts and web browsing. Fintan Kelly (IT Executive) seen the potential to utilize the underlying BES infrastructure to enable more comprehensive and real time access to business documents for Blackberry enabled users. Within Atlantic Philanthropies there is a comprehensive and well structured document repository accessible normally through network share’s or a more elaborate and efficient deployment of SharePoint.

At B-Connected we discussed the possibilities to allow secure access to these resources within the organisation while the users were out of the office. “Access to document repositories is very important to us” says Fintan Kelly. B-Connected offered a solution based on our award winning office on the go product suite allowing the users to fully access documents whilst out of the office through the SharePoint portal or directly through network shares on the device. The users can access all Office documents, PDF’s, WordPerfect, .RTF, .CSV, OpenOffice files, zip archives, fax and photos.

“Utilizing an already proven and dependable technology this solution allows us to provide access to Sharepoint libraries, network shares and printing from the Blackberry device. All areas where access to a PC or laptop was previously needed. The B-Connected solution truly is a mobile office with real business benefits and applications” according to Fintan Kelly. “I can recommend B-Connected as I have seen what their solutions deliver”

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