Human Services Federation and Cost Effective Technologies Form Strategic Alliance in the Cloud

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Embarking on a Capacity-Building Mission to Bring the Benefits of Cloud Computing to the Nonprofit Sector

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This alliance offers nonprofit organizations a valuable tool that allows them to better provide efficient, effective, and accountable solutions and service to our community

Human Services Federation (HSF) and Cost Effective Technologies (CET), a subsidiary of Nelnet, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance to launch a unified information technology (IT) platform for nonprofit organizations. The alliance will offer a comprehensive package of IT services—including CET's innovative cloud computing platform—that is designed to put better tools in the hands of nonprofit organizations, allowing them to save significantly on IT-related costs.

“This alliance offers nonprofit organizations a valuable tool that allows them to better provide efficient, effective, and accountable solutions and service to our community,” said Rick Carter, Executive Director of HSF. “CET's solution is built for the future, not the past. It not only provides enterprise-level support for existing computer networks, but—unlike any other organization—it also provides a forward-looking cloud computing platform that finally places an astonishing array of technology tools within reach of nonprofit organizations. It is simply a better IT solution than traditional IT service providers are able to offer.”

CET is the nation's premier provider of private, secure, and affordable web-based computing platforms for small and mid-sized organizations. Its affordable and easy-to-use platform is stocked with a comprehensive suite of business applications that are accessed over the Internet. This flexible and efficient solution not only houses a wide array of computing tools, but it also reduces the need for expensive hardware, software, installation, and support.

Nonprofit organizations that typically have limited capital, space, and technical staff can benefit financially and environmentally by using cloud computing. It saves energy, reduces the amount of hardware needed, and is easier to deploy and maintain than in-house applications. Most importantly, it puts better tools in the hands of organizations so they can ultimately be more effective in the pursuit of their missions.

“Like any other type of business, nonprofits need to have access to technology tools that can further their strategic objectives. As a nonprofit member organization, HSF has shown outstanding leadership in providing this and other valued services to the nonprofit community,” said Hannah Smitterberg, co-founder of CET. “There is no doubt in my mind that this alliance will lead to better collaboration in the nonprofit community and will help nonprofit organizations operate more efficiently and achieve more effective results.”

The alliance will immediately focus on introducing the platform in the greater Lincoln and Omaha areas, with regional and national outreach efforts to begin shortly thereafter.

About HSF
The Human Services Federation is a nonprofit association of more than 120 local members dedicated to providing quality health and human services in Lincoln and Lancaster County. We work to continually inform, involve, strengthen and increase the capacity, awareness and effectiveness of nonprofits and the nonprofit sector in our community. For more information, visit http://www.hsfed.org.

About CET
Cost Effective Technologies sets the new standard in IT services. A subsidiary of Nebraska-based Nelnet, which has been providing technology-driven business process outsourcing solutions for more than 30 years, CET is a leading provider of private, secure, and affordable web-based computing platforms for small and mid-sized organizations. CET not only provides enterprise-level support for existing computer networks, but—unlike any other organization—it also provides a flexible, efficient, and secure cloud computing platform that is stocked with a comprehensive suite of business applications that are accessed over the Internet. CET's cloud computing solution is easy to use and reduces the need for expensive hardware, software, installation, and support. For more information, visit http://www.gocetech.com.

Media contact: Hannah Smitterberg (877-770-8178 ext. 202)
CET sales contact: Tom Nielsen (877-770-8178 ext. 201)
HSF contact: Rick Carter (402-441-4399)

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