The idea of managed services is no longer a foreign one to most nonprofit organizations. Despite the fact managed service providers have been around for a long time, adoption and overall use and adoption has remained relatively low.
According to recent research from IT industry trade association CompTIA, that trend is starting to change as more organizations look to managed services providers for certain services.
According to a report that was published earlier late last year, only three out of 10 organizations have any of their IT services in the hands of a managed service provider. However, in CompTIA’s Fourth Annual Trends in Managed Services Study that was released in May 2015, 2/3 of all respondents reported using have at least some of their services of an outside IT firm.
These results could be a sign of a shifting paradigm, where organizations are becoming more familiar and comfortable with the idea of putting their IT in the hands of an IT firm.
As our organizations grow everything get s a little bit more complicated as new processes are implemented, people are hired and technology changes, layers are added to the onion. The same can be said for most large organizations’ IT staff and infrastructure, which subsequently leads to greater level of complexity and increase chances for an IT staff to miss something.
Nonprofits use databases to handle volunteers, donors, staff, and more.
For smaller nonprofits, a database may be nothing more than an Excel file. Medium to large nonprofits might have an IT staff and a simple database, designed by the in-house development team. However, nonprofit technology is booming and your organization might be looking for a more sustainable, automated management solution.
For online fundraisers, using good data to plan, manage, and execute fundraising efforts can be critical. Databases are used to track supporters and their fundraising activity, but if those databases are not managed correctly, it can damage your organization’s overall efforts.
According to a recent post from IPM Advancement, database management can make or break fundraising efforts. If your database is managed well, your organization will be able to reach the right people and hopefully increase donations. If the database is managed poorly, well, your efforts will likely suffer.
But there are ways to make sure your organizations data is well managed and efficiently used. There should be a formal process for reviewing data, and it should be well organized. Check out IMP Advancement’s post to learn more about the importance of managing your data.