When you’re busy trying to change the world, it can be difficult to keep pace with how fast technology changes around you. But if there’s one buzzworthy term that deserves your nonprofit’s attention, it’s this one; Cloud computing, or Software as a Service (SaaS). Simply put, Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services over the internet (i.e., “The Cloud”)—and it can revolutionize how your nonprofit does its important work.
Cloud computing solutions are so pervasive that you’re likely using some without even realizing it! Many popular services already use this technology, from Gmail to Dropbox and even Netflix. Properly harnessed, Cloud computing can also help make your day-to-day operations more cost-effective, reliable, and flexible.
Here are three great reasons to adopt Cloud computing for your nonprofit today.
- Accessible from anywhere
One of the biggest advantages of Cloud-based solutions is that your software is now with you wherever you go. Traditionally, software was installed on your server—meaning that when you wanted to access it, you would have to use that specific workstation. With the advancement of Cloud computing, your software and all of its saved settings, files, and functions are now accessible anywhere there’s a wifi signal.
Rather than carrying around easily damaged or lost USB memory sticks and external hard drives full of important files and folders, all you need is the internet and a device capable of accessing it—so you can work from anywhere.
- Added protection
Having your software solutions stored remotely in the Cloud adds an added layer of security to your business. The Cloud might sound light and permeable, but it can actually offer robust protection against potential threats to your most sensitive data.
Natural disasters, workplace accidents, fires, or burglary can wipe away years of hard work in a heartbeat. Global brands that implement Cloud-based software solutions, however, are usually able to house their servers in more secure locations that have been chosen specifically to protect against these dangers. These buildings are designed to withstand physical hazards and fortified against cyber attacks by state-of-the-art security features that detect and prevent against the latest digital threats, keeping the data stored within safe and sound.
- Always up to date
We all know the headache of updating software: clicking through agreements, downloading new versions of existing programs, and learning a whole host of new features. It’s very tempting to let updates pile up when we’re too busy to restart our computer or wait for something to install.
With a Cloud-based solution, those days are behind you. Since your software now resides with its publisher, they can make necessary updates on their end. That means that when you log back in, you’re automatically using the most up-to-date version—no hassle required. And since the updates are made in small increments, you’re able you adjust to them on the fly rather than all at once.
Taking your nonprofit’s productivity sky-high with the Cloud
To save the world, you need the right tools. With Cloud services, nonprofits can embrace the same level of technological sophistication as public or private companies—without breaking the bank.
At eMazzanti, we’re passionate about helping nonprofits upgrade their technology to carry out their mission more effectively. If you need help navigating this new wave of technology, get in touch today.