Why scalability is important for NFPs
Running an organisation in the not-for-profit (NFP), charity, health or community sector is not easy. Due to funding and different programs you run, you may have volunteers or contractors coming in and out of your business making it hard to stay on top of security, infrastructure and equipment needs.
For these reasons, many NFPs and community organisations are choosing to make a digital transformation to cloud computing for its great scalability benefits. Doing this eases the stress of worrying if your ICT solution can handle scaling up during a campaign or scaling down after a contract has finished.
Scalability through cloud computing is a great fit for NFP, charity, health and community sectors for a lot of different reasons. Here are a few that you may be able to relate with
A lot of businesses will tell you that a digital transformation or cloud computing will save money which is false. In fact, for the first couple years, it might cost you more money. Cloud computing will give you better value for your money and a consistent budget without the nasty surprises.
Software flexibility is a great feature of digital transformation and scalability due to its month-by-month payment options. Having the option to scale up or down with software when you need it is a lot more sustainable than having unused licences sitting around waiting for the next employee to start.
Knowing what you are going to pay to keep your ICT environment up and secure on month-by-month basses is a great fit for any business, particularly those in the NFP sector.
We find with a lot of the businesses that we support need to have the flexibility to work somewhere other than the location of the head office.
Mobility is one of the key features when it comes to cloud computing. Being able to scale up with employees in remote locations and have those employees work in continuity with your head office can be perfect for productivity.
Individuals want to use a device that they are comfortable working with, an example of this is mobile phones. We found that in our office some of our engineers could get more out of their day by using a mobile that they were comfortable operating (cue the iPhone vs Android argument). A device is a personal thing, and cloud computing means that you can utilise BYOD (bring your own device) giving an organisation full flexibility.
security is key
In a lot of cases when a business goes to scale up, security is an afterthought. In the community and not-for-profit sector, we see many employees, contractors and volunteers choose to use their own devices whether that be at home or as their primary device at work.
Using your own device can be cost effective. However, it can also be painful for data security and brand protection. If an organisation in the charity, NFP or community sector does not meet security compliance standards or has a security breach, it can cost them significantly in funding
It is necessary that every device has the right anti-virus and security measures to protect it from data loss and security breaches. With a digital transformation, cloud computing means that even if a contractor or volunteer is using their own device, they would be connecting to a secure environment.
When onboarding new staff, working remotely or hot desking, it is essential to have a consistent environment. We work with lots of brilliant caseworkers and volunteers that help the community on a daily basis. To do that they need a reliable platform to complete their work. Cloud computing caters for many of these organisations as they get the same environment from any device every time they log in
Read this related blog - 5 Ways NFPs And NGOs Are Changing The Way They Raise Money
At Evolve IT, we specialise in all the cloud computing scalability benefits. We will focus on your specific needs, creating customised solutions to suit.
Contact us on 1300 858 899 or visit www.evolveit.com.au to find out more