Phoenix computers is a nonprofit organization based in Rockville
Maryland that takes donated computer equipment and then tests, runs diagnostics
and upgrades on those computers. The computers are then redistributed at low
cost to low- income
and disabled individuals and families as well as non- profit,
educational, religion-based, and charitable organizations
that work with low and moderate income families.
Phoenix is an all-volunteer organization, and one of those
volunteers, Jim Smith, is a now retired
client of ours who worked at Toll Brothers.
Jim called us up and asked if we could help him make their process more
efficient. We of course said yes.
Phoenix does not distribute directly to the public due to
their licensing arrangements with Microsoft.
Instead potential clients are vetted by other non-profit organizations or
government agencies which refer their clients to us to obtain a computer.
Jim wanted to set up an online registration for those
organizations so they could log in and fill out the appropriate paperwork for
the client. When done the system would
generate a PDF that that “buyer” then takes to Phoenix who can quickly scan the
barcode on the PDF pull up the requested order and complete the transaction.
“Before we were doing everything by hand and the process was
prone to errors including not correctly inputting the MS software license keys.
Now we simply scan the PDF add any check the boxes for any additionals and the
system generates a total and saves everything to the DB including the license
information.” says Jim Smith. “This saves us a lot of time”.
It is estimated that every week more than 16 tons of
equipment is thrown into local landfills. By
equipment to Phoenix Computers for reuse instead
throwing it in the trash, you or your business supports
initiatives and at the same time help others in the
Phoenix Computerssm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
your donations may be tax-deductible.
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