Of course, church-run enterprises also need IT services to support their internal workflows, as well as to maintain communications with customers (such as with parents at nursery schools and other schools). Emails, file sharing, video conferencing, and chats provide a variety of possibilities. These units are increasingly replacing their conventional on premise Office installations with the modern Microsoft Office 365 solution from the cloud, with its many collaboration options.
Education and care are “people businesses”. They focus on people as customers and service providers. Personal data also has to be exchanged securely in other business areas, which raises privacy issues with the deployment of Office 365. Microsoft saves chat sessions and email on its servers, for instance – a practice regarded critically by many privacy advocates. How can Office 365 be used by churches securely and in compliance with German privacy laws – and without disturbing familiar workflows?
Thanks to the Cloud Privacy Service by T-Systems, church organisations can enter the modern world of collaboration, based on Office 365, with a clear conscience.
Georg Faßbender, Head of IT Business Area, Business Community of Churches in Germany (WGKD mbH)