Presbyterian Support Central (PSC), one of New Zealand\u2019s largest not-for-profit organisations, says moving to the cloud has improved its productivity, reduced costs and driven innovation.\n"End users benefit from anywhere, anytime access and greater speeds than the previous Wellington-based datacentre," says Alan Lyford, IT manager, PSC.\n\u201cWe previously considered cloud services as a bold move, but our experience to date has exceeded expectations."\nThe migration \u201copened up our thinking to the possibility of a complete cloud service for our organisation, as a way to free-up crucial funds, harness innovation and deliver more front line services\u201d.\nPSC provides residential care and in-home support services for older people and social services for children and families. It has more than 1,400 staff across 26 locations, including 500 in the field.\nPSC worked with Fronde to migrate to the Amazon Web Services\u2019 (AWS) cloud. The project included creating a virtual datacentre and improved disaster recovery capability with 24x7 managed services support. The migration included PSC\u2019s virtual desktop infrastructure which is delivered via Citrix running on the Sydney AWS servers\nRelated: 'Not using cloud is just like fighting gravity'\n It has opened up our thinking to the possibility of a complete cloud service for our organisation, as a way to free-up crucial funds, harness innovation and deliver more front line services. Alan Lyford, Presbyterian Support Central\nHe estimates the project will help the organisation save $120,000 over three years, and hasten innovation in the business.\nThe AWS cloud allows PSC to scale up or down as required, only paying for the capacity used.\nNew ideas can be trialled faster and at a lower cost than previously, with small concepts able to be \u201cspun up\u201d and piloted in a few days. \u201cIt is a cost effective and efficient way to test ideas, to make sure the big projects are worth funding,\u201d says Lyford.\nLyford says that AWS is an important stepping stone for the group, as they consider replacing legacy systems with software as a service (SaaS) in the future.\n\u201cPSC now has IT infrastructure that can keep pace with their growth, and a support and disaster recovery system that promises local presence and knowledge, preservation of data and faster system restoration,\u201d says James Valentine, chief technology officer at Fronde.\n\u201cThat leaves PSC free to do what it does best; making a real and positive difference in people\u2019s lives.\u201d\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.