Cloud technology can address these areas for a nonprofit organization and much more. Let’s break down the 4 main reasons why a nonprofit should consider implementing cloud and AWS in specific.
1. Track your spend and lower costs
It is hard to justify investments in technology, especially when there’s a lack of understanding or knowledge to manage the spend once it’s started. By eliminating on-premises equipment, it can become simple and predictable to run the organization on the cloud. Experts like our team at SoftwareONE can guide your organization through an assessment of what your ideal cloud journey could look like.
What may at first seem complex and cumbersome, can become simple and doable – by understanding your immediate business needs and how to best prepare for them. Where some people might have a huge pain in spending too much money on outdated hard- and software with ending support contracts for older versions, others have a stronger interest in making their complete business operations more agile, leaner and flexible. You might want to ensure you have control of your spend, with visibility and a team on your side searching for trends and opportunities for optimization. Moving the business to the cloud can be an option in all cases but need a different approach. Depending on where you are on your transformation journey, an experienced partner can help you defining the right strategy and making the first move.
This also includes finding the right public cloud platform for your needs. Cloud providers such as AWS offer transparency and predictability in cloud costs.
2. Start scaling, stay flexible and agile
How can your organization address more communities, people, animals, or the environment without adding more staff or infrastructure? Cloud of course. AWS for instance gives you the ability to have broader reach without necessarily adding to the bottom line. By hosting your infrastructure on AWS, you don’t need to pay for equipment or large data centers anymore. You can use virtual machines and enjoy flexibility and scalability. Machine learning and AI will help you with data insights and analytics, so you can shift some of the manual tasks out of the way. You can also reap the added benefits that come with having a services provider such as additional support resources and managed services to keep your organization secure and always on 24x7 when you need it.
3. Show impact on mission
With cloud, you can bring data together seamlessly. AWS data lake and analytics services can enable your organization to easily setup a bank of information that can be leveraged to gain faster and deeper insights. Draw meaningful conclusions and share your successes from information already coming into the organization daily. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence services in AWS can be used to speed up and scale up innovation by analyzing relevant information and business processes that are important to your cause. This might seem complex, but even with limited knowledge in-house, you can team up with a partner like SoftwareONE to make the ideas a reality!
4. Stay relevant to the people who want to give
You know that: The most giving generations today want to donate and interact with your organization through social media, on the internet using mobile devices wherever possible with ease and speed. Cloud technology gives a nonprofit like yours the ability to build modern applications faster or transform legacy applications which have been around for years. Once your organization is on AWS, it becomes easier to build and deploy new services whether you want to start from scratch to build modern applications (Application Development) or transform legacy applications, AWS cloud services can provide greater compatibility and enable you to share and collaborate with others more freely. Many of the newer products are born in the cloud and might not interact with older systems you have implemented on-premises. Enable innovation and creativity with the cloud. If you are seeking volunteers, you might attract more interest by having modern systems. Demographics such as a students and young professionals are used to working a certain way in their daily life. If you can make working for and with your organization easy for them, they will join the cause faster!