Does Your Non-Profit Organization Need a Technology Purchasing Advocate?
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Nonprofits struggle with many challenges that traditional enterprise-based corporations do not, given that they often operate on the bare minimum of resources, staff, and volunteers.
While you’re likely grateful for every last person who gives of their time and talent to assist in the organization’s efforts, they don’t always have all of the skill sets you need to successfully run the operation. This often means that you have to pick up the slack – but everyone has their limitations.
Especially when it comes to IT.
Properly implemented technology isn’t easy to achieve when you are dependent on volunteer labor and have a small budget.
More than that, you have a lot of places you need your money — and personnel — to go. Unfortunately, technology and IT employees are sometimes the last things to be considered in the budget.
All of this goes to show why the right management and planning are so important with IT for nonprofits. Have you considered how managed IT services will help?
By definition, Managed Services are a set of best practices, processes, and tools that, when combined with technical knowledge and proper facilitation, delivers an ideal IT-based result for businesses.
In English? Managed IT Services take care of everything IT-related for your organization, proactively preventing problems instead of fixing them after the fact. Simple as that.
For many businesses, the cost of hiring even a single internal IT person is too expensive. They need a salary, training, benefits, vacation… it’s a lot to budget for. That’s why outsourced IT services have largely become the norm, with service levels varying depending on the Managed IT Services company in question.
Managed IT services for nonprofits will help you:
Plus, it saves on hiring (and firing) in-house staff, paying benefits such as sick leave, health insurance, and social security. In addition, your IT company will be available 24/7, whereas in-house staff may take off due to personal issues or illness.
But to make sure your offsite server is secure, it must be continuously monitored and assessed. Your IT company can provide security services, advise you on the credentials of vendors, and conduct ongoing risk assessments to identify network vulnerabilities.
Furthermore, with an IT company, these solutions are less expensive than if you purchased them yourself. Most IT companies have partnerships with vendors and can provide new technologies at a reduced cost.
The bottom line is that you can’t afford to try to handle IT all on your own. Trust the experts to manage it for you.
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