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New Study and Case Studies: Nonprofit Organizational Culture in the Cloud

Submitted by Annaliese on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 1:39pm

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Technology aside, it’s clear that the advent of Cloud-based solutions has had an impact on the culture of our work as nonprofits. It’s changed the jobs we do, both within the IT department and in more mission-related positions, and how we’re able to do them. From collaboration to telecommuting and distributed workforces to sharing back office services, it’s changed the way we think about mobility and how we define “the office.”

The idea of Cloud culture is somewhat nebulous. Where do you draw the line between the technology or the benefits it can bring, and cultural changes as a result of that technology?

Working with the great folks at Idealware to conduct this research, we asked a number of people—everyone from end users at nonprofits that have implemented Cloud-based solutions to IT people to shared back office service providers to consultants—and got a number of answers.

Nonprofit Culture in the Cloud: Key Findings and 9 Case Studies From a Study

Report published September 6, 2012 in NPTech Community, Software, Technology’s Impact

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Technology aside, it’s clear that the advent of Cloud-based solutions has had an impact on the culture of our work as nonprofits. It’s changed the jobs we do, both within the IT department and in more mission-related positions, and how we’re able to do them. From collaboration to telecommuting and distributed workforces to sharing back office services, it’s changed the way we think about mobility and how we define “the office.”

The idea of Cloud culture is somewhat nebulous. Where do you draw the line between the technology or the benefits it can bring, and cultural changes as a result of that technology?

We asked a number of people—everyone from end users at nonprofits that have implemented Cloud-based solutions to IT people to shared back office service providers to consultants—and got a number of answers.

New Research: 4 Case Studies of Nonprofit Shared Back-Offices in the Cloud

Submitted by Annaliese on Tue, 08/21/2012 - 7:58am

Most nonprofits have at least one thing in common: regardless of their missions, they need a secure, reliable technology infrastructure that allows staff to carry out the day-to-day work.

But budget and staff constraints often make it a challenge for organizations to find and provide optimal solutions to technology needs—especially smaller ones.

We talked to a few organizations using the cloud to consolidate parts of their basic technology needs to see just what functions they’re sharing and how it works. We identified three possible models for sharing back-office functions.

> Read the Research Article on Nonprofit Shared Back-Offices

Shared Back-Offices in the Cloud: Three Models for Organizations to Pool Resources (Findings and Case Studies)

Report published August 21, 2012 in IT Staffing, NPTech Community, Software

Most nonprofits have at least one thing in common, regardless of their missions: they need to provide a secure, reliable technology infrastructure that allows staff to carry out the day-to-day work. But budget and staff constraints often make it a challenge for organizations to find and provide optimal solutions to technology needs—especially smaller ones. 

Regardless of mission, nonprofits often have basic technology needs that overlap, including office productivity software, email platforms, accounting and payroll, data backup, and donor or fundraising databases. If parts of that infrastructure could be consolidated, could they streamline their efficiency and shore up infrastructure while freeing up resources for mission-related activities and staff?

We talked to a few organizations doing just that to see just what functions they’re sharing, and how it works. We identified three possible models for sharing back-office functions, explained in further detail below. You can read the case studies for four of the organizations we talked with in the case studies section of our site.

Product Spotlight: Polaris Project Guides Victims to Freedom with Salesforce CRM and Mobile Devices

Join us for an in-depth look at how Polaris Project, an organization dedicated to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery, has enhanced the way they process and share data to provide a quicker and more effective response to victims of human trafficking. Learn more »

Cloud 101

Cloud computing enables on-demand, convenient access to shared technology infrastructure and services that have traditionally been out of reach for many nonprofits. Join us for this session to understand the fundamentals of using the cloud and to determine if it is right for your nonprofit. Learn more »

New Research: 10 Case Studies on Nonprofit Transition to the Cloud

Submitted by Annaliese on Fri, 08/10/2012 - 8:54am

 PodrunzyThere's a lot of buzz about the Cloud being the future of data storage and processing, and more and more Cloud-based options are available to users every day. We wondered to what extent organizations were effectively replacing traditional IT functions and servers with Cloud solutions. Is nonprofit technology moving out of the data closet and into the Cloud?

We're excited to make available the 10 case studies to help you explore how others have made the Cloud transition, along with the in-depth article summarizing our findings.

> Read the in-depth article on our findings & check out the case studies!

Nonprofits and Cloud Computing: Infrastructure in the Stratosphere (A Free Webinar Series in 3 Parts)

Submitted by Brett on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 8:16am

Our latest webinar series, "Nonprofits & Cloud Computing: Infrastructure in the Stratosphere", brought to you for free with the generous support of Google, starts on July 31st. If you're thinking about joining NTEN in the cloud, you should:

> Learn more and register today.

In the 3-part series, we'll cover:

  • July 31: Overview of Server Management and Cloud Computing
  • August 6: Dissecting Risks of Infrastructure in the Cloud
  • August 14: Transitioning Infrastructure to the Cloud

Nonprofits and Cloud Computing Series: Infrastructure in the Stratosphere

Replacing mail servers, file servers, database servers and other types of IT infrastructure with cloud-based services provide some significant advantages, but also come with risk. This series will answer your questions about what is possible, how to understand the benefits and risks and what to consider in transitioning to the cloud. Learn more »

501 Tech Club Fort Lauderdale-Miami

The 501 Tech Club is a monthly gathering of people working for nonprofits and people working in the tech world. Meetings include a regional or national guest speaker addressing a tech topic of interest to nonprofits. The event also serves to facilitate networking for nonprofits with undergraduate and graduate students from local colleges and universities looking to do volunteer tech work, in exchange for real world IT experience. Learn more »