Our client for this semester is Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is a non-profit organization that has helped over 5 million people improves their housing situations. The local Habitat for Humanity branch does not use technology very much in their day-to-day business processes, and we viewed this an opportunity to improve them. Many of these processes are very paper heavy, and do not leverage technology to their potential. We hope to improve their usage of technologies already in place or adding new ones into their workflow to allow them to help their customers more effectively
The value of our project is to make habitat more efficient in their business operations. Due to the fact that they are a non-profit organization they often have limited resources. By helping them run more efficiently we can ensure that they utilize their resources in the most effective way.
The main challenges that we have had are that our client is very reluctant to change his ways and also has a minimal knowledge base over commonly used software. He provides us with very technical requests but he wants the end product to not be very technical at all.
Due to the short timeline of the project, we opted to use an existing suite of technology to best address their needs. Namely Google Apps and Excel. After setting up a demonstration multi-user calendar; we put together a customized document detailing the setup and management of such. We are currently assisting our client with getting accommodated to the suite as well as making modifications as needed. In addition to this, we are working to consolidate numerous redundant documents into a central repository.