IRDG has launched its virtual office system with Microsoft Office 365.
Tamilini Narendran BSc, (an international volunteer) Senior Business Analyst from Australia spent 6 weeks in IRDG Kilinochchi office, evaluating options of applications. Microsoft Office 365 was selected as IRDGs Virtual Office platform.
Tamilini set-up the core application, IRDG files and conducted a live demonstration of the virtual office application.
Tamilini said "Office 365 gives access to several Microsoft Applications, IRDG needs to be careful which ones to use, as the main challenges for businesses are not access to productivity tools, its the ability to fully adopt, use by all and the need of the business".
Office 365 includes several productivity applications that are designed to cover collaboration needs at the organizational, departmental and team levels. Currently, the list of collaboration tools includes OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, Skype for Business, Outlook Online and Delve boards.
The nature of IRDG business requires efficient collaboration tool for cross location collaboration. As the professional resource stakeholders are based in many parts of the world and need to be brought together through this virtual office.
IRDG Virtual Office will also serve as its document repository, creating one source of truth and enables flexibility.
The significant feature is its Mobile Application, that enables 24 x 7 access to anyone. Office 365 forms (Microsoft Forms), project cost monitoring (Dynamics 365) and other applications, once brought in for use will offer enormous opportunity to remotely monitor, collaborate and act on projects from any location.
Naga Narendra said "IRDG is currently in its project execution phase and virtual office gives us an edge in monitoring and control and to distribute the work to professionals from many parts of the world. IRDG had several overseas consultants and young professionals working on-location in Kilinochchi for a few weeks at a time in the past. They all could now continue their contribution online remotely.
We could now have all our implementation plans, progress updates and project costs online in our virtual office that will give access to anyone from any part of the world for monitoring and control. When we combine these with remote access to CCTV, we have powerful capacity to execute projects.
What we need is skilled human resources to put these capabilities to use for IRDGs initiatives."
IRDG thanks Tammy Tamilini Narendran for this significant contribution to enhance its capacity to take on challenges for village development.
Excellent work Tamilini and hope you come back and help us more. Enjoy your career break and travel.