The “Cloud” or cloud computing seems to be the buzzword of the year! No, we are not talking about what is in the sky. You probably know by now that we are referring to hosting software solutions and data “off site.” But, why should you consider the cloud when you already have software in house?
The principle benefit of the cloud is simple yet profound. In essence, the cloud allows you to no longer have to worry about technology problems because your nonprofit accounting software data is safe and secure without needing maintenance and fixes from someone on site. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between on premise and cloud hosting and what this means for your nonprofit.
How are Cloud Services Different from Traditional Hosting?
Cloud services have three distinct characteristics that set them apart from traditional hosting services. Cloud services are sold on demand (you pay as you go); it is elastic (you can use as much or as little of the service as you want at any given time); and the service is fully managed by the provider (you don’t need anything but a computer and Internet access). Say your nonprofit organization is looking to store your data off site. Rather than storing your files in a separate facility that is still susceptible to the elements and natural disasters, you could store your data in the Cloud. Cloud-based data hosting services are generally low-cost, require no physical hardware or documents, and can be canceled or added to at any time. In addition, your organization has instant access to the data you store in the Cloud, making it easy to view the information you need when you need it.
What Does this Mean for My Nonprofit?
While some organizations are still concerned about the security of storing information and accessing software in the Cloud, many are moving to Cloud-based software and services. The Cloud is making it easier to regularly back up important data, transfer files, share contact information, and access business information while away from the office. Many nonprofits are even using the Cloud to access their software via their phones so they can always stay up-to-date with the most current information.
If you’d like to learn more about reasons your nonprofit should consider moving to the cloud, check out this Abila webinar to learn more. We can help you utilize your software solutions in the cloud so you can achieve true success. Contact us to learn more.