Church of England Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Clubs (CESSAC)

The Church of England Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Clubs (CESSAC) operates amenity centres in military stations and other places at home and abroad and manages rented housing for elderly ex-HM Forces personnel and their families. It can trace it roots back to 1857 when it started providing a non-proselytising, alcohol-free ‘home-from-home’ for service personnel, and has done so continuously since 1880.

After hearing about CITA’s Tech Surgery, CESSAC’s CEO, Patrick Keefe was keen to discuss how IT could be used more effectively to support the charity. Like many other charities, CESSAC has no full time IT staff or volunteers. Patrick was also aware of the need to review and potentially upgrade the organisation’s server to better ensure business continuity.

Patrick was offered a Tech Surgery in February 2015 and jumped at the chance to review the charity’s IT set up with an independent expert. An IT professional carried out the review over the phone and provided advice and recommendations.

Patrick commented “The Tech Surgery volunteer quickly assimilated our situation and provided clear, easy to understand advice and options. We are most grateful.”

After the Tech Surgery, CESSAC received a summary report which provided an overview of the charity’s IT set-up and some recommendations. Patrick found the Tech Surgery a very useful process which has helped to support the case for moving from using a server to cloud based services. This move could reduce running costs, avoid the capital expense of buying a new server, improve business continuity and help to automate software and hardware upgrades. As a result of the Tech Surgery, the charity intends to move to cloud based services when the time is right.