In the past, we've discussed the inherent benefits of cloud computing offers to the nonprofit sector. However, adopting new technology’s never been a priority for nonprofit organizations, and according to a recent survey, 58% of charities still do not run on the cloud.
In a recent survey of 426 respondents, Charity Digital News reports that 45% of the nonprofits surveyed claimed there was little to no added benefit of using the cloud. While another 56% were concerned about security, and the cost of the cloud.
Despite the amount of literature that’s been written about the inherent benefits of cloud computing to nonprofits, there still exists an apparent misunderstanding of what those benefits are.
Whether worried about the cost, the security, administering the necessary training, or the migration of data, nonprofits are not taking as close a look at cloud computing as they should be.
Here are a few examples of reasons why your nonprofit needs to take a second look at cloud computing.
Consider the amount of time and energy you and your nonprofit has put into ensuring the security of your data and servers. Now compare that to the amount of time, money, and energy, companies like SalesForce has put into ensuring the safety of thousands of organizations’ data.
Putting anything on the Internet is taking a risk. But what nonprofits need to realize is that the biggest security risk at any corporation or organization is their employees. Whether it be giving out their information, physically taking it from your database and using it elsewhere, or not updating their passwords often enough, the easiest portal into any organization’s data is through their employees.
While nonprofits may not like to invest in new technology right away, the rising age of servers, and their propensity for failure with age, makes the cloud a smart option.
The cost of the cloud vs the cost of a typical on site server farm is comparable to the cost of owning a house vs renting a house.
Where the cost of a house can vary wildly month to month due to unforeseen expenses like roof replacements, siding repairs, or plumbing problems, renting a property places the responsibility of those “out-of-the-blue” expenses to the owner you’re paying monthly rent to. The cloud is the monthly rent with no intermittent, shocking line items. It is often a flat fee that that does not waver, or it is on a pay only for what you use, model. Either way, it takes the cost of maintenance, upgrades, and downtime and places it in the hands of service provider.
The importance of training your staff cannot be understated, especially if the product you’re implementing is a CRM. But for nonprofits looking to take the next step in their fundraising efforts, or just to make work a little easier, the training on and implementation of a CRM and other cloud computing software like it is necessary and important to keeping pace.