Not-for-profit child welfare services provider, Barnardos Australia, has moved to Microsoft’s Cloud, utilising Windows Azure to improve its ability to track a child’s journey as they interact with multiple agencies, while also ensuring relevant state policies and practices are followed.
Barnardos previously used a selection of disparate solutions which were unable to recognise and share information among them. That caused complications in tracking and forced the company to replicate data across systems.
“Barnardos Australia prides itself on being available 24/7, 365 days a year,” Barnardos Australia senior IT manager, Sue Cribb, said. “Our network is extensive and it’s imperative that all of our systems talk to each other and are able to update information based on inputs from all the people we work with, ranging from child care workers, to government legislative officials.”
Microsoft Gold Partner and application development specialist, Readify, assisted Barnardos with developing its ‘MyStory’ application designed to simplify the user experience, improve collaboration, and promote more accurate reporting.
The app was built to ensure correct practices are followed in line with varying state requirements, and is appropriated with agencies across Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ).
“By working with Readify and Microsoft, we knew we were going to be using a solution which was ultimately easy to use, secure and able to meet the demands of our systems” Cribb said. “With Windows Azure, we are enabling all of our agencies, on a global scale, to input and access the system when they require.”
‘MyStory’ will be offered to all Barnardo agencies via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model hosted on Windows Azure. Microsoft said this allows the company to scale up the infrastructure as additional agencies join and access the application without extensive lead times, provisioning work, or upfront capital expenditure.
Last month, Microsoft announced it is bringing Windows Azure down under by making Australia a new major region, with sub-regions in New South Wales and Victoria.