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Backup Solutions for Nonprofits

Embracing the New Frontier of Data Backup & Recovery

Backup Solutions for Nonprofit Organizations

No organization is ever truly finished with a Digital Transformation. This is especially true of those in the nonprofit sector. Whether you’re working with sensitive donor data or want to protect your organization from hacking, it’s important to invest in a secure cloud infrastructure, such as Azure. As nonprofits continue to expand and evolve, inevitably so will their need for sufficient, secure backup.

It’s difficult to fully harness the power of new digital technologies to maximize benefits across every aspect of the nonprofit world. IT leaders working for these charitable institutions are continually asking the same questions, no matter how far along the transformation journey their organizations have come:

  1. How do we stay focused on accelerating our mission while managing sensitive data?
  2. How can we become more agile to better serve our Beneficiaries and increase the impact of our program?
  3. How can we show impact to our Donors more efficiently?

Moving to the cloud is often touted as the key to Digital Transformation. Indeed, it provides a way to host and consume services in a way that supports the vision of organizational transformation.

But even after moving operations to the cloud, many nonprofits still are not seeing their dreams of operational agility come true. That’s partly because the key to acceleration lies in moving several gears at once, not just one. Unlocking the full potential of the cloud world means focusing on people and processes in addition to the cloud technology that fuels growth and innovation.

Cloud Computing – A Transformational Journey in the Nonprofit World

Just as moving to a more agile, digital way of life is a constant journey, learning how to get the best out of cloud computing is a journey, too. People-heavy solutions and complex processes don’t fulfill the change agenda – nor do they fulfill expectations of what life will be like after moving to the cloud.

Answers to the initial questions raised above surrounding sensitive data, agility, and efficiency in delivering value can be found by zooming out – beyond cloud technology – and viewing the organization from a systems perspective. For real change to take effect, leaders must understand the need to evolve and drive changes across the systems and solutions the organization uses, and the products they deliver to their clients.

That means reducing the load for technical teams who support their digital solutions, as they that make change possible. To help them enable organization-wide transformation, IT teams need tools that facilitate fast deployments and a more stable infrastructure. But most of all, they need their cloud providers to do more. In short, by moving to the cloud, leaders expect to have fewer digital assets for their internal team to manage, allowing them to receive support for other areas of the Digital Transformation agenda. However, this will not be the case right away. First, organizations will have to determine where their teams and processes must evolve to maximize the value of their new cloud deployments.

Digitally Enabling Your Employees to Do More Good

How an organization manages backups is a good measure of how far they have come during their cloud journey.

Traditional backup processes and people-heavy solutions include tape drives, large network storage devices, and an operational team working 24/7 to monitor and manage the backup process. Some nonprofits may have a full operations team, but most rely on only a few employees to manage these processes and probably do not have shifts to cover every hour of the day. Due to the complexity and time consumption of storing data in on-premise environments, many IT experts intuitively see the merit in leveraging cloud backup tools.

However, there are some significant considerations to make before making this investment. Does your tool support every stage and iteration of your cloud journey? Is the hybrid cloud complicating things by requiring a hybrid patchwork of tools to back things up? Is moving data out of the cloud to local storage and tape even the right approach?

Value is Delivered When Cloud Backup Management is Simplified

If your organization is relying on technical skills, tools, and operational processes to manage your cloud infrastructure isn’t simplifying anything, you’re missing out on time that could be spent bettering the lives of your communities. It is those dependencies that bog down new initiatives and growth.

To deliver day-to-day value, leverage the ideology of the cloud and think in terms of centralization, speed, and efficiency – which is precisely what you get with a managed backup system. It brings everything together under a single dashboard, where innovative technologies and forward-thinking processes like automation can be used to back up live systems as often as required.

That means leaders can continue to drive their initiatives forward with consistently reliable systems - environmental organizations can trust that they are working with real-time analytics and those in healthcare won’t have to stress about GDPR. Cloud-enabled collaboration, data collection, fast and flexible recovery options, and faster time to value – all are ingredients for Digital Transformation in a cloud-based world.

With unified managed backup, critical data and assets are continually protected from security threats, uncertain backup processes, and unsustainable costs. It fits within the mindset of digital change, one where everyone is vested in the narrative of holistic protection across an organization’s digital assets. Here’s an idea of what that might look like:

  • Virtual machines are backed up in near real-time
  • Containers are backed up on demand
  • Activity is captured in near real time for other app delivery mechanisms
  • Data is recovered and used in a reasonable amount of time
  • Recovery metrics look strong
  • Organizations can respond almost instantly to problems and restore business operations in moments instead of days
  • Architecture inefficiencies can be spotted
  • Data protection is simplified by one portal that covers all the niche backup solutions an organization has amassed

Using Unified Management to Reduce Waste and Drive Missions Forward

When it comes to choosing a good cloud backup management plan, your end goal should be to simplify your cloud journey. This will help the larger agile journey of Digital Transformation. Unified management is the new frontier for nonprofits who have committed to the idea of digital change and have at least partly embraced a cloud environment. Commoditizing the cost of delivering agile cloud solutions can bring a world of improvements to the transformational agendas that top most Nonprofit CEO’s list of concerns:

  • Removing risk because high skill sets in unique tools are difficult and costly for a an organization to bear
  • Improving productivity because people typically dedicated to maintenance are freed up to work on the more granular aspects of their mission
  • Polishing the reputation of IT because they will be better equipped to respond to business demands, becoming an enabler of change rather than an obstacle to transformation
  • Keeping administrative costs “lean” because this will help organizations push more money out to programs in order to drive donations and increase beneficiary confidence in your ability to deliver scalable impact, ultimately solidifying you positive reputation

BackupSimple Aligns the Cloud Journey with the Digital Transformation Agenda

A major tenet of successful Digital Transformation is that every component of a process should deliver value. BackupSimple is unified management solution that comes closer than any other when it comes to ensuring operational viability without having to worry about a complex patchwork of backup solutions.

The managed data backup provided by BackupSimple doesn’t require a large investment in infrastructure and other initial expenses. That gives nonprofit organizations a valuable leg up in their transformational journey, as well as a way to enhance their reach. And that, in turn, can have a transformational impact on the world and those who seek the services of these organizations.

In a world where data management is fast becoming an active asset, SoftwareONE’s Managed Backup is the assurance every nonprofit organization needs to protect their critical data and digital assets. More cloud adoption and increasingly complex cloud environments don’t support an agile agenda, but BackupSimple, with a centralized data backup platform, cuts across the complexity.

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Mathew Showers

Global Best Practice Manager - Technology Services

Data Backup, BackupSimple

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