In this modern age of consumerism, it’s been left to popular culture to try and explain complex and controversial ideas. However, this has perhaps never failed us more than in the recent film starring Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz.
While it’s the protagonist’s ignorance to what the cloud actually is that causes the calamity, and ultimately lends the film its charm, but its portrayal of what the cloud actually is couldn’t be more wrong and detrimental to the service. It’s this portrayal of the cloud as an abstract, impossible to fathom entity that causes people to be weary of the cloud.
What nonprofits should understand is that the cloud is not only helpful, it can be organization altering. It has the power to connect departments of an organization and empower employees to work from anywhere.
Here are more specifics on exactly why you should stop paying attention to pop culture, and start warming up to the cloud.
Security is comparable to on-site hosting
You’ve read this blog talking about the safety of cloud computing, and you’ve no doubt seen others claiming this too. But, don’t just take our word for it, here’s what the former CIO of the United States has to say about it:
“Cloud computing is often far more secure than traditional computing, because companies like Google and Amazon can attract and retain cyber-security personnel of a higher quality than many governmental agencies.” - Vivek Kundra, former federal CIO of the United States
The bottom line is, your data is just as secure on the cloud as it is on an on-site solution. Furthermore, you certainly don’t have to worry about randomly losing it data or being incapable of pulling your content down from the cloud.
Accuracy and automation
How many times have you, or someone at your nonprofit, had to ask if a spreadsheet is the most up to date version? When you’re working in a cloud like Office 365, spreadsheets update in real time, and the most current version is always there for whoever needs it.
This ensures your nonprofit is always running on accurate, up to date documents, and is never doubling back on itself.
Implementation, and customization
Working with your cloud vendor, integrating your cloud, and importing your data from your preexisting on-site servers is a breeze. Once your data, and programs have all been imported over, the cloud enables you to get software updates as they happen.
Centralization of information
No matter what time of the day, and no matter what’s going on, when you’re workingo n documents in the cloud, everyone is losing at the same thing. The cloud makes it less likely to have communication breakdowns between departments, or waste time entering data in multiple places. Because everyone has access to the same information at all times.