It takes a lot to run a successful nonprofit. Being dedicated to the cause, willingness to work long hours, available to talk to anyone and everyone about your objectives on an endless quest for networking opportunities; and having a creative approach to fundraising and resource management are just a few of the fundamental skills necessary to keeping a non-profit running efficiently.
Voice over Internet Protocol is a hot-topic amongst small businesses and nonprofit organizations, because it provides greater utility compared to traditional phones at almost half the cost. However, not all organizations take advantage of the feature-rich phones of the future. Of course there is nothing wrong with using a VoIP phone, well, as a phone, but many organizations are unaware of the benefits that come along with using the advanced features.
The cloud alleviates safety concerns that have historically haunted nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. The physical loss of data, documents and information through fires, burglary, or incidental destruction of hard drives is completely eliminated with the use of the cloud.
You know you need to invest in technology. Everyone knows an organization of any size runs more efficiently when their computers are up to date with current software, and hardware.
Despite this, many in the nonprofit sector are hesitant to heavily invest in their technology. Many nonprofits allow the paralyzing fear of not effectively utilizing the technology permanently delay the investment. Often citing their ROI is difficult to understand to deliver upon.
Here is the only 4 step guide to a successful nonprofit tech implementation you’ll ever need. How did your nonprofit handle its last tech implementation? Let us know in the comment section below.
The total cost of ownership (TCO), is a financial estimate used in business to identify the direct and indirect costs of a product, system, or service. It’s a way for nonprofits to assess risk, understand the cost of something beyond the ‘sticker price’, and how it compares to an alternative solution or product.
In the case of technology, and more specifically, on-premise hosting and computing options, the typical lifespan of a system is 3-5 years. Here, the total cost of ownership includes hardware, software, and migration costs. You might be wondering where all the ancillary costs are. You shouldn’t include external costs like power, physical security, cooling, and Internet connections, because these can vary wildly month to month. Although, when these factors are considered, the TCO increases by an even greater amount.
What you might now be wondering is, why if external costs like physical security and cooling are not included in the TCO, why is the TCO for a cloud based computing solution less than an on-premise solution?
Here’s a quick break down and comparison of the two options based on an assumed organization sporting 1 terabyte of data storage, 81 mailboxes, and 4 virtual machines consisting of 22GB of ram and 5 CPUs developed by eXos Cloud: