In order to be successful these days, even nonprofits have to always be looking ahead, and aiming to stay competitive. In order to achieve their real goals, nonprofits need to be able to be at the cutting edge of technology and IT services, which means having access to an IT department to rival corporate entities and much larger, for-profit businesses.
Understandably, most nonprofits don’t have the in-house capacity or resources to outfit a massive IT department. But this doesn’t mean that they have to make do with inadequate IT support.
Equally, in-house time and resources in a nonprofit are almost always better spent working towards the core outcomes of the organization than they are dealing with time consuming admin and repetitive day to day management.
This is where a managed IT service comes in.
What is a managed IT service?
Managed IT services are the management of continually evolving IT technology, administering industry-specific critical systems and leveraging best practices and shared resources to positively impact user experience with IT.
Managed services essentially run your IT infrastructure remotely, providing the right systems to improve productivity, protecting your business with cyber security, and looking for ways to accelerate your business processes and help things run more smoothly.
Managed IT services are able to be proactive about dealing with potential issues before they arrive, and tend to be far more cost-effective than in-house IT staff, providing the equivalent of a full IT department for a fraction of the price.
How can a managed IT service help your business?
Managed IT services give you access to a full department’s worth of IT experts, at a fraction of the cost of actually having in-house staff. Most importantly, managed services allow nonprofits to control their costs, which can be hugely beneficial when budgets are tight and spare money is going towards core work. Managed IT services work allow you to get a grip on your costs up front, with changes clearly signposted in advance, rather than being at the mercy of shifting hardware, software and data management costs.
Security and disaster recovery
Nonprofits hold more than their fair share of sensitive information and confidential data. Staying on top of the latest cyber security best practices can be hard at the best of times, and with bad actors and hackers employing ever more sophisticated and subtle methods, strong defenses and proactive protection is a must-have. Managed IT services can provide up-to-the-minute AI cyber security, and be proactive in preventing attacks from ever happening, rather than just responding to threats as they arrive. Just as importantly, they can provide comprehensive disaster recovery plans and mitigation strategies in case the worst does happen.
For nonprofits with cyclical work patterns or seasonal campaigns, genuine scalability is vital. The ability to scale up and down depending on genuine need, and to respond to changes quickly can make a huge difference for NPOs. Managed IT services are able to shift data and storage needs immediately to meet demand, and provide new tech and services to provide whatever the organization needs at that time.
Expertise and planning
Managed IT services are filled with experts. While plenty of nonprofits see IT as something just to be ‘dealt with’, a necessary part of the organization’s infrastructure but nothing more, in reality today’s complex data systems and fast-moving technological world mean that expertise, forward planning and strategy are just as important in IT as in every other aspect of an organization. Managed IT services can provide the expertise in areas that NPOs lack, and deliver important strategic planning support and advice.
Nonprofits often have immensely complex compliance needs, particularly when it comes to managing, handling and storing data. Managed IT services with specific experience working with nonprofits are able to offer advice and support when it comes to adhering to regulations, as well as ensuring that your data is stored safely and appropriately.
Whatever your business needs, a managed IT service will always be on the lookout for new software and technology to accelerate your business.
At CompuVision, we are driven by our relentless pursuit for the success of others. If you feel that a managed IT service might be the right choice for your company, or you’d like to know more about how we can manage, protect and accelerate your business, get in touch.