“Better Living” Through Information Technology (IT)

         In order for an organization and this includes the nonprofit--to run smoothly and to be effective, it must satisfy certain crucial Information Technology (IT) goals and objectives.  One is to eliminate its IT pains, thereby maximizing results.    This gives staff peace of mind, which is invaluable.  And just as importantly, the organization must ensure that its IT needs are properly aligned with those particular goals and objectives. 


       To help accomplish all this, executives must make some prudent IT decisions.  Www.nonprofit-it-support.comsuggests some major ones:

1.    Select an “integrated” future.  “No one can predict the future of technology; so when choosing an IT plan for your business, keep this in mind.  You’ll want a plan that covers the always-changing nature of technology and not one that binds you to certain programs, solutions and hardware.”

2.   Have enthusiastic employees.  “Your employees have a huge impact on your business.  When it comes to your IT department, they need to be enthusiastic and informed about current technologies.  Also, it’s important to make sure each team member is contributing their fair share in projects.”

3.   Be careful about investing in overpriced/overrated science projects.  “Once in a while, it’s worth investing in experimental technologies and engaging in the future of IT.  However, make sure you do your research.  Investing heavily in untried technologies and flaky vendors can be detrimental and cost you more than you gain.”

4.   Making the choice between in-house and outsourced IT.  “Nowadays, outsourcing your company’s entire IT infrastructure isn’t unheard of. 

There are many benefits of having an outside team that you should consider.  For example, you never have to worry about your IT manager calling in sick, because with an outsourced team they’ll always have it covered.  Additionally, instead of paying for individual salaries, you only have to worry about the services you receive.”

     Let’s expound on #4 because there are more than a few executives who believe that if they choose to outsource their IT, they’ll lose control over their infrastructure. 

     Not true.

     According to Rockford IT, an international, highly-experienced IT service firm whose clients range from multinationals with over 500 IT users to smaller companies with fewer than 10 employees, “Everyone used to worry that the minute they handed their IT over to an external provider they were selling their soul to the devil.   ‘We’ll be trapped,’ they thought.  ‘They’ll leave us high and dry if the relationship goes sour’.  If you choose your managed service provider carefully, this kind of thing will never happen.  Any reputable contract will never attempt to trap you or stifle the level of innovation you need to keep your business ahead of the game.  A good provider will be very open to change and invite your input.”

     As well, you have more than a few executives who feel that outsourced IT is more expensive than in-house.  Rockford IT states, “Again historically, this may have been true.  But now with the high costs of IT hardware, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of a service provider’s offerings their high scales of infrastructure allows them to offer a much more cost-effective solution for you.  Not only that but when you think how quickly IT is evolving, what is the latest and greatest hardware on the market today may be out of date tomorrow.  The continual upgrade requirements can prove extremely costly for businesses.” 

     So, there you have it!  If executives implement the aforementioned, they can maximize their IT results which, in turn, can greatly assist in ensuring the effectiveness and success of their organizations.



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