Well we’re clarifying the cloud concept and diagnosing how it can specifically help you as a NFP.
What about the cloud? Where is it!?
Just imagine, all of your significant files and data are being packed up from your office into a tiny, easy to access little box that you can pick up and take with you anywhere you go. You are able to access the box anywhere and at any time. Yes, it gets better! It’s absolutely weightless. Sounds like a no brainer? The cloud is pretty neat!
While a box like this doesn’t exist in this capacity, this scenario essentially explains what the cloud is. It is a virtual vault of sorts that can be accessed only by you and simply makes doing your job easier. Your critical business systems can be run via the internet, allowing you full time access to your chief files and projects. In addition, should there be a problem with your hardware or physical devices, the cloud makes it so that you can still work while in recovery. So think of it as a means to bring your office with you, minus the walls.
How does the cloud value a NFP?
First off, aside from the obvious storage/recovery capability, the cloud offers a means for many NFPs to capitalize on their IT resources without breaking their budget in the process. Many nonprofits have restricted IT resources for financial reasons or otherwise and with the cloud at their beck and removal, they gain an authoritative technology resource for a fraction of the cost of hardware. With the cloud, security and operations costs are spread out across thousands of organizations making it so that the main user only pays for the amount that they use. In addition, you can get a real time view of your organization and how it is running. Just what else can your NFP gain from the cloud? See below!
- Anytime, anywhere access
- Helps improve transparency, efficiency and effectiveness
- Protect IT resources for business development projects
- Integrate technologies more effortlessly and without error