National FFA’s core business is education and career building for agriculture students. A non-profit organization relying on charitable contributions, it must watch every line item in the budget to ensure that funds go to helping students. Maintenance costs for the PeopleSoft system were the second-largest line item in the IT budget. During the last economic slowdown, management believed it was more important for IT staff to focus on developing educational applications and tools than to pay for expensive vendor maintenance that did not include support for custom code.
Charitable organizations benefit from switching to independent support from Rimini Street, instantly saving 50 percent on vendor maintenance costs. Because National FFA had extensively customized its PeopleSoft system -with these customizations not supported by the vendor – IT staff was pleased that Rimini Street was ready to consult when customizations were at the root of an operational problem.
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