5 Signs It’s Time To Upgrade To The Cloud

5 Signs It’s Time To Upgrade To The Cloud

Spring is here and this is the time to start cleaning out our personal lives and organizational lives. To properly clean your organization, you need to properly evaluate your organization. What is working? what isn’t working? and what can you do about it? These are the questions you need to think about, and the questions your organization needs answered.
Your organizations challenges can be very different from other non-profit challenges, but there are specific tools that you will need in your organization to help solve your unique issues. Does your organization have the most effective collaboration, productivity, and mobility tools?
Jim McKinnon vice president and chief information office of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company stated “When I started as CIO five years ago, we needed more tools for mobility, productivity, and collaboration. Our legacy tools—Lotus Notes, WebEx, and Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007—no longer met our needs. We were frustrated with the old capital model where you purchase a toolset, then upgrade and make another big purchase two or three years later. Office 365 gave us the ability to track our licenses along the way—it’s more transparent and much easier to control.”
With legacy tools, you may be slowing down the productivity of your organization. It is important to honestly weigh out the pros and cons of your current tools to see how effective upgrading to the cloud can be for your non-profit.
 
 This article excerpt, by Ivan Harris, originally appeared here: 5 signs
How many years has your nonprofit run on its in-house computing system?
Chances are a pretty long time.
With cloud computing becoming more viable every day, it is important to take a step back and evaluate from time to time whether making the upgrade to a cloud system is right for your nonprofit.
Here are the 5 signs that prove your nonprofit has outgrown its in-house computing system, and is ready for an upgrade to the Cloud.
1. Physical evidence
Whether you have run out of space in your IT infrastructure to grow or you are no longer able to meet your power and cooling needs, not having the physical tools to run an in-house infrastructure is a tell tale sign that a switch is necessary. If your only way to grow is a major change in office and location, then a switch to the cloud is likely right for you.
2. Soaring per person IT costs 
If your nonprofit, like many nonprofits, has a staff that fluctuates depending on the amount of projects and funding available, and your IT costs per person grow with the number of employees you have working for you, instead of staying reasonably stagnant, a change to the cloud could be a major money saver for you.
3. Organizational change
Whether through a merger or centralization of offices, making a switch at the organizational level is the perfect time to assess and make changes to your IT infrastructure. Because many things are in a state of flux, this time can be considered a blank canvas for you to mold your infrastructure to your exact specifications.
4. No data flexibility
With the cloud you often pay by data used. The cloud is ideal for nonprofits who do massive business during specific times of the year while doing less business other times of the year. The cloud can pick up and deal with these extreme shifts in computing power needs without a hitch, without charging you for a whole year’s worth of computing power.
5. Increasing complexities
As your in-house It infrastructure grows older, the processes for maintaining and updating it can often grow increasingly more complex. Because of this, your IT team can easily become bogged down, wasting time and resources in areas that should not require such attention. Ultimately, this can hinder progress and keep you from accomplishing your mission.
Whether you’re a nonprofit operating in multiple countries, or help get small community parks constructed in less fortunate areas, the cloud can give your nonprofit the power to do more, now.
Shawn Lyles
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