As we move from traditional offices to home offices to a hybrid office, an ongoing challenge for foundations is making sure data and information is accessible to the organization and its employees; so today we address five reasons foundations switch to the cloud.
Applications like CRM and other line of business applications need to be accessible easily and efficiently, improving your communication and grantee experience. Here are five things to keep in mind when thinking about your foundation when switching to the cloud.
This one is a no-brainer benefit when it comes to the current pandemic situation in the world. With some or most of your staff working from home, moving all your organization’s line of business applications to the cloud will eliminate cross-network barriers and accessibility issues when it comes to working together, even when you’re physically apart. Your employees can easily collaborate with you and each other from multiple locations securely and accurately, no need for too-long email strings or lost edits.
We know that when it comes to grant information, security is a top priority both for them and your organization. Almost half of all cyberattacks happen to small to mid-size organizations and in 2017, only 35% of small companies said they could remain open past three months after being hacked. That’s the bad news. But the good news is most cloud solutions are set up with their own firewalls, data encryption tools, and intrusion detection and prevention systems, which means you don’t have to rely on multiple different security sources, all of them are in one place, directly protecting the data you store there. You can rest easy knowing your organization’s and your grantee’s information is all stored and protected efficiently and securely.
With your line of business application data saved automatically on the cloud, you can cut time when it comes to accessing, saving, and/or transferring important data because it’s all in one place. And when it comes to saving your data, most cloud applications are set up to automatically save everything within seconds of you recording it, giving you ease of mind and eliminating that “did I save that?” panic.
Flash-drives, hard-drives, tape drives (hope not)…all of this hardware to backup one piece of software can add up and cost your hundreds. With having all your data on the cloud, you can scale back on the amount of local hardware infrastructure you need in order to keep your data and information backed up. Switch out the cost of hardware cluttering up your on-site or home office that may or may not break down for the cloud, that only requires a monthly rental fee, that will not only keep all your data safe and backed up but won’t take up any valuable space or time and money for installation.
The cloud serves as a solitary point of deployment with a unified monitoring system giving it an ease of access to the people who you want to have access to it while protecting against the people you don’t. With this single-point of deployment, it’s much easier for a support provider to get in, fix your IT problem, and get out quickly, getting you back to using the line of business applications you need most for the success of your business.
Questions about our article on five reasons foundations switch to the cloud? We have done many cloud migrations and are always here to help.