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The Benefits of Cloud Application in NGOs World

Most non-profit organizations are faced with outdated technology challenges, data center overloading. The information processing systems of these organizations do not fully support the requirements of computing, mobile, the Internet of Things, and big data.
By Jade Nguyen | EnvZone Former Staff
on April 12, 2019 | 5 min read
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Cloud computing has had a significant impact on non-governmental organizations. The application of cloud technology to their organizations has helped to reduce operating costs somewhat, streamline communication flow, modernize the accounting system and facilitate resource management.

Naturally, the cloud has given a significant model change in resource information management. Email, website, e-commerce, webinar, and social media. All are based on cloud computing. And these are also essential elements of NGO activities.

What Can the Cloud Technology Do for Nonprofits?
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According to a study involving worldwide NGOs in 2002, TechSoup Global implemented more than 10,500 respondents in 88 countries, showing that 99% of respondents use cloud technology and NGOs are also turning to encryption technology to secure their CRM data, digital files, and communications.

And today, 45% of Non- government organizations use CRM software to track donations and manage contacts with donors and supporters. Of those, 64% use cloud-based CRM software. So what can clouds do for non-profit organizations that traditional infrastructure deployments cannot?

Management and Deployment of IT Is Surprisingly Simple

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The 21st century has contributed to increasing the importance of Non-governmental organizations (NGOs). According to The Global Journal, there are an estimated 10 million non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide; they are present in 164 countries and 6 continents. They are created with each mission, own mission.

But the common goal is to help citizens through charity events, fundraising, and social awareness. It can be seen as a massive data network, from websites to mobile application development to big data analysis. They need a more optimized tool to maximize performance. In particular, Non-profit organizations need technology. Cloud technology is the best solution; it allows them to access the information system infrastructure flexibly. Storage platforms, computational power, data storage become easier, more detailed and more transparent.

Huge Data Source

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Non-government organization worldwide are in dire need of modernizing how they manage and secure their organization’s data. The old process of managing donor contact information and transactions through Excel and legacy Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) software is hindering Non-government organization and their ability to be efficient, data-driven organizations. But in an age of increased enhanced data management and security is imperative. Non-government organizations are also turning to encryption technology to secure their CRM data, digital files, and communications. Accessing encrypted data, files, emails, texts, or messages requires entering a secret key or password, and according to this year’s data, 41% of Non-government organizations use encryption technology to protect their data and communications.

Organizations like the American Red Cross have used large data to timely rescue survivors in California's wildfire disaster. Data collected from their website. This website allows individuals to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe or need to find relatives. The website is always available, or people can use emergency features so that relatives can know their status.

Access Data from Cloud Technology Anywhere

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Cloud data storage allows data to be accessed from anywhere through secure connections, more natural disaster recovery. When your data is stored, restoring or backing up data is much simpler than traditional storage.

Rapid deployment - deploying cloud services is easy. When you start using cloud-based services, the entire system will work for a few minutes; It will not take too much time

Easily collaborate with other organizations and data can be shared by organizations everywhere. Unlimited storage space for organizations storing data compared to limited space on personal computer systems.

Conclusion

Cloud computing has had a tremendous impact on non-governmental organizations. The application of cloud technology to their organization has helped reduce operating costs somewhat, streamline communication flow, modernize the accounting system and facilitate resource management. Naturally, the cloud has introduced a paradigm shift in resource information management. Email, websites, e-commerce, webinars, and social media - all based on cloud computing - are currently the essential elements of NGOs activity.

Technology plays a significant role in managing organizations more efficiently. A Non-government organization should face many difficulties and challenges in financial issues such as lack of fund,  poor networking, poor communications or poor leadership. However, with the use of cloud technology, all these challenges can be solved. 

Related post: Internet of Things: Why Your Nonprofit Needs It?

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