You don’t need to buy a 737 in order to travel from Austin to Washington DC; you simply need to purchase a ticket for a seat on the flights you need.
Cloud computing means you don’t have to buy the plane (servers, infrastructure, IT resources, licensing, annual maintenance fees, etc.) in order to make the journey. Cloud computing means you can subscribe to best in class fund accounting and fundraising.
While there are many more benefits to cloud computing in addition to the ones listed here, these are the benefits most frequently mentioned by nonprofits:
Lower Cost of Ownership – in most cases (software vs. software) cloud solutions have a lower price point, however, when you remove the clutter of costs associated with servers, infrastructure, upgrades, etc., it can mean substantial savings to your organization.
Superior accounting– Preferred Provider of Financial Applications for AICPA, Intacct offers Nonprofit organizations cloud-based financial accounting that works the way nonprofits work. When we show nonprofit management teams the power of the user-defined dashboards that deliver real-time information in both report and graphic representation – they’re impressed. You can even add fundraising information for Orange Leap for your development directors. It’s an accounting solution the entire organization will love.
Best in class fundraising – Orange Leap cloud-based fundraising helps you capture the hearts of your donors at every stage of the donor life cycle. Orange Leap’s robust reporting, powerful business rules, and easy to use queries for segmenting data will help you acquire, retain, and cultivate the donors who share enthusiasm for funding your mission.
Anytime/Anywhere access – you can access the system from wherever you are whether across town or half way around the world. Because it is browser based, as long as you have an Internet connection and access to a browser, you have access to Intacct and Orange Leap.
Better security – the server farms used by cloud publishers like Intacct and Orange Leap (Amazon, Google, etc.) are state of the art. The system security measures employed by the server farms are the best money can buy and would be cost prohibitive for all but the largest companies to replicate.
Always the latest version software – Cloud means never having to say “Everybody need to be off the system while the upgrade is being installed.”
Guaranteed up time – the two solutions we recommend have guaranteed up time. That means that you can rest assured that you can always access your data.
Disaster Recovery – Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, can inflict considerable damage to local storage of data. Cloud providers have sophisticated disaster recovery plans in place to protect your organization’s data. For example, Intacct has published that in the unlikely case of a disaster, your applications will be available within 24 hours, and no more that two hours of data will be lost.