Intro to Cloud Computing
Nonprofit organizations have many of the same needs as for-profit businesses, from data storage to digital security. However, because so many nonprofits are strapped for resources, such basic needs are often viewed as unaffordable luxury items. For example, for many nonprofits, the cost of paying an IT consultant to host their email servers and to manage their data encryption can be prohibitive.
You’ve probably noticed the influx of SaaS (Software as a Service) cloud technology for nonprofit organizations - programs like Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect, Salesforce, and even Keela. These programs often use a cloud-based system to centrally store your data, allowing teams to access information wherever they are, as long as they have access to the internet. Put simply, cloud computing is a network of servers working to deliver a specific function, like storing your contact data or managing your projects.
Considering the cloud? What organizations should know before making the plunge
November 2, 2010
Yesterday at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities’ annual conference I had the opportunity to share some thoughts on the trend towards cloud computing and what it means for Canadian nonprofits and churches. I’ll share some of the key ideas here.
Earlier this month, I did a webinar with Artez Interactive on cloud computing for nonprofits. In the webinar I covered: