The Love Foundation organization moved away from Google’s ecosystem and now is using ONLYOFFICE Docs in combination with Nextcloud. Mirko Nitschke, Member of the Board – Technology, talks about his team’s experience.
About Love Foundation
Love Foundation is a community of activists and artists spreading love, connecting people and raising money for water development projects through cultural events. It was founded in 2013 by two students from Maastricht University and a designer in the Netherlands.
The Love Foundation projects range from music events, arts exhibitions and sports tournaments to selling fair trade clothing and fashion shows. The community activists organized events in the Netherlands, US, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Spain, Germany, UK, Italy, Portugal, South Africa and France.
In the past they supported projects in Bihar (India) as well as in Kenya, and currently in South Africa. The Love Foundation members collaborate with other partner organizations like Viva con Agua e.V. and local NGOs. Moreover, they collaborate with many artists and musicians across the globe to create various events.
A way to Nextcloud & ONLYOFFICE combo
As Mirko Nitschke recalls, the community wanted to move away from Google’s ecosystem for their internal file hosting and collaboration tools because of data privacy concerns and high costs. While looking for potential alternatives, they discovered Nextcloud and were happy to see it already provided several collaborative office solutions which they could make use of. One of those options was ONLYOFFICE.
The decision to use ONLYOFFICE Docs was taken mostly due to performance reasons. According to Mirko, the alternatives in the open-source space are not plentiful and most of them do not scale well on limited hardware. They found that ONLYOFFICE fulfilled their requirements the best.
Love Foundation loves ONLYOFFICE
The process of integrating ONLYOFFICE Docs with the Nextcloud instance of Love Foundation was very straightforward. They deployed it as Docker containers communicating easily with each other. It was a breeze!
The Love Foundation members mention the following ONLYOFFICE features which are the most useful for them:
- Document collaboration is a key feature used for note taking during meetings and creating materials for using within and outside the organization.
- Spreadsheet collaboration has become a vital ingredient for the accounting team to keep track of the finances and budgets.
- Reviewing of documents and collaborating on drafts makes it swift to come to results and avoid unnecessary steps on sending files around.
Mirko Nitschke, Member of the Board – Technology:
So far we are quite happy with how it works for us. We successfully fully left Google’s tools behind! We would recommend ONLYOFFICE Docs to organizations with similar problem cases such as ours.