Moving to the cloud can significantly reduce IT expenses. Below we approximate the savings between the typical IT infrastructure and a cloud model based on 8 person organization.
|Email and Calendaring||Exchange - $1235 + $1199 for server software||Google Enterprise - $0|
|Intranet/Project Management Site||Sharepoint - $4360||Google Sites - $0|
|Server Hardware||~$2,500||None: 0|
|Setup||~$2,500||MCS - $1,000|
|Maintenance and Support||~$3,000 annually||~$1,000 annually|
|Word Processing and Spreadsheets||MS Office - $2792||Google Apps - $0|
Approximate savings for 8 person organization $15,500. Even if you were able to buy all your licenses through techsoup (not always possible), cost savings would still be approximately $6,000.