Sure, you’ve been just able to support your in-house IT department. But it can be expensive, aggravating, frustrating. Sometimes, it can even seem impossible to maintain your nonprofit’s IT infrastructure while keeping up with the latest tech trends and ever-evolving tech needs of their nonprofit.
Succinctly with all that juggling, nonprofits are seeing their IT expenses grow monthly with no end in sight.
By outsourcing the day-to-day management responsibilities and functions of your nonprofit’s IT department, you can spend less time worrying about your technology, and spend more time accomplishing your mission. This can include the outsourcing of HR activities, production support, on-premise server and PC support, system monitoring, and even security upgrades.
So why else should your nonprofit consider outsourcing their IT? Ask yourself these three questions when you’re making your decision as to whether you should .
Are we lacking essential knowledge and skills?
It’s important to look at the people and skills you have within your non-profit before choosing to outsource. Are your employees skilled enough to manage IT? Do they have the knowledge to be relied upon in this area? Will managing IT services take time away from their other, more critical duties? If your employees are not capable or simply do not have the time to take over your non-profit’s IT managed services, it may be time to look for an agency that can do it for you.
Can we save money or time by outsourcing?
One of the primary reasons non-profits hesitate to outsource is budgeting concerns. Outside IT managing services can be pricey depending on the provider and it might not be possible to spend a significant portion of your budget on outside resources. Hiring someone internally, however, can cost even more in both salary and the time it would take to train them. Fortunately, some non-profit IT service organizations, such as Tech Impact, can cost less than a full-time employee and can provide non-profits a dedicated team specializing in managed IT services, saving you both time and money.
Do you know what tech you need to accomplish your mission?
So you know you need to outsource in order to maximize your non-profit’s potential. Before you outsource these services, make sure you know exactly what you want to get out of your newfound partnership. What goals do you want to achieve? What services need to be handled? What is the most important thing that needs to be handled in order to properly utilize your outsourced agency’s services and skills? List out exactly what you want to get from your outside managed IT service and make sure to share your goals and expectations with them. By working in tandem with your managed IT services partner, you can successfully place your IT services in the trusted hands of experts, enabling you to focus on what you do best—furthering your non-profit’s core mission and cause.
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