Nonprofits stand to gain the most from implementing managed IT services. Organizations in Austin have an advantage due to the robust tech community. Entities classified as 501(c)(3) may have an unrealized edge while operating out the capital of Texas. Experts call Austin a “Boomtown”. The area continues to prosper acting as an engine for innovation and design. Being located in Austin can provide nonprofit leaders with many options. This often leads to more questions than answers. Questions on technology infrastructure, support, security, and disaster recovery. Most organizations do not need a CIO or a permanent IT department. Charitable organizations are budget conscious. But did you know that these types of organizations stand to gain the most from managed IT services?
5 Ways a managed service provider can add value to nonprofits
If you’ve never had managed services in the past, you’re asking yourself why you need them. I get it, budget is tight and every dollar counts. That’s even more of a reason why you need a dedicated IT partner! Before you write off getting nonprofit IT services, consider these five advantages.
1. A real disaster recovery plan.
What would happen tomorrow if your data locked up from crypto-malware? Could your organization recover? Could you rely on your current IT strategy to keep the organization operational? Industry research suggests up to 50% of organizations can not recover from a disaster. With managed IT services, you stand to gain a real disaster recovery plan. A plan that manages, monitors, and maintains your data backups.
2. Increased IT security.
Your business may have diverse technology needs. Often times, we see that nonprofits put IT security on the back burner. We call this security through obscurity and it’s becoming a great concern. Nonprofit organizations are often targeted by hackers. They know that nonprofits have budget constraints, and IT security is an afterthought. Exposing that risk to the organization can be detrimental to the cause, staff, and donors.
3. Virtual CIO.
Who wouldn’t want a technology expert on staff to offer advice and counseling? Nonprofits gain so much value from outsourced virtual CIO services! Why? They’re able to focus more on the organization and not so much on technology. Having a dedicated virtual CIO will help the organization meet its goals and objectives.
Having a dedicated technology expert on your side has many benefits. One being when evaluating other software and service providers for the organization. An outsourced virtual CIO is on your side. Use this service when reviewing IT contracts, bills, and other agreements. This service can help you save on future technology costs.
4. Reliable support when you need it.
What do you do if you have a technology question? Can you wait for your PC to fixed by a squad of nerds who might have several dozen PCs to work on ahead of yours? Or, can you rely on that one person you call only when something breaks to respond fast enough? Will they be fair with their billing?
Technology is the back bone of nonprofit organizations. If your mission is important, you’ll want a managed services provider you can rely on. Managed IT services are a proactive approach. We don’t wait until something breaks. One of our goals is to avoid technology distractions altogether.
5. Cloud managed services.
It’s hard to read anything about technology nowadays without the cloud mentioned. Infinity can help you decipher terms such as SaaS, PaaS and IaaS and determine which, if any, is right for you. We take a consultative approach. We can help improve efficiency in business processes by implementing technology. As an IT partner to nonprofits, we look at things from both a technical and business perspective.
The benefits of managed IT services
Nonprofits can definitely benefit by implementing a managed IT services company. Managed services fit into most budgets, and offer more value over other options. With Infinity Technology Consultants, we’ll help you overcome any IT challenge. Our approach is people, processes, and technology. Our nonprofit IT services help organizations all over Texas and we can help you too!
See if you qualify for our free IT analysis. This is a complete 27-point inspection of your security, support, and backup services. Our team will identify gaps and provide best practice recommendations.