Your nonprofit might be using cloud computing without even knowing it.
Many widely used and adopted programs like Googledocs, email software, CRM tools, donor and volunteer management systems run mainly from clouds servers. With that in mind, the cloud might be closer to your nonprofit than you initially realized.
In fact, more nonprofits are planning to switch to the cloud in the upcoming years. Despite the increased adoption rate, many nonprofits are still hesitant to use the technology to its full potential for an array of reasons. One of the most often reported reasons for this apprehension is the misunderstanding of how much the cloud costs.
What you may not know is how cloud computing can directly benefit your bottom line, and potentially even save you money.
Reduce capital expenditures
Large up-front capital expenditures for on-site server solutions can become a thing of the past because of a switch to cloud computing.
Nonprofits choosing a cloud computing will pay via annual subscriptions which is often equal to or in some cases even less than annual maintenance fees being dolled out for on-site solutions.
Lower IT support costs
By switching to a cloud computing system you have the opportunity to incur vastly lower IT support costs. Updating a cloud is far more efficient when making system wide changes because you can change your server and affect all users at once, rather than going from machine to machine while making system wide changes.
Additionally, cloud computing allows you the option of turning on, or off, whatever update you would like allowing you to trouble-shoot and keep your system updated with little effort.