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Benefits of Non-Profits & Associations Using Managed IT Services [Video]

Scot Lienke

Posted by Scot Lienke
Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Outsourcing IT services is a smart move for many organizations. But for associations and non-profits, it can be especially beneficial. 

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Big Data Can Be a Useful Tool for Small Associations and Non-Profits

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Jan 26, 2016

DATA.jpgIn the Oscar-nominated 2011 film Moneyball, Jonah Hill plays a young economics graduate who introduces an old school baseball general manager, played by Brad Pitt, to a new way of assessing player talent called sabermetrics.

Ostensibly, Moneyball was a movie about the business of baseball. But to me, both the film and the book it was based on, written by Michael Lewis, were really about statistical analysis and how data can be a key tool for any organization — big or small.

The world we now live in is awash in data. Never before has so much information been available to so many people. Big businesses have been using Big Data for years to gather information about their clients and customers, analyze it, and plan business strategies based on that data. Now, because of digitalization, small organizations and associations have access to data that can greatly help them pursue their core missions, enlarge their membership base, and increase funding.

Read on to learn how your association or non-profit organization can start to leverage big data today!

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Associations and Non-Profits Can Achieve Growth Through Managed Services

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Oct 27, 2015

Technology is evolving rapidly, and organizations large and small — nonprofit and for-profit — face many of the same challenges when it comes to information technology. Document sharing across multiple platforms; digitizing files and records; facilitating team communications; remote access solutions; managed print systems; and security vulnerabilities are issues common to most modern organizations.

However, many nonprofit organizations and trade associations do not have dedicated IT departments. Outsourcing some or all of their IT functions can free up staff, time and money to allow non profits and associations to focus on their respective missions, better serve their members, and thrive.

According the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the US. And in varying degrees, they all have IT issues—who doesn't? In fact, it's for this reason that the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) hosts its annual Technology Conference and Expo in the Washington, DC area to give perspective and insight into the most pressing technology issues facing associations and nonprofits.

Whether they contract with a managed services provider or establish their own IT departments, associations and nonprofits face these three basic challenges:

  1. Productivity and collaboration
  2. Mobility
  3. Security

Read on to learn more.

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Why Your Association Must Build a Technology Roadmap

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

It’s critical that associations, non-profit organizations and businesses, alike, proactively document and maintain a comprehensive, technology strategy, or as we like to call it, a technology roadmap.

With new desktop, mobilevirtual and BYOD integrations, technology has the potential to be one of the most important allies an organization could have. But, if you don't have a clear plan or strategy for the future, technology could actually become a barrier to your organization's growth.

Your technology roadmap must incorporate your:

  1. People
  2. Devices
  3. Applications
  4. Data

Read on to learn more about why it's so critical for your association to have a technology roadmap, how often you should update it, and why it must include each of the four components listed above.

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How to Build Your Association's Technology Road Map

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

In my last blog post, Why Your Association Should Build A Technology Road Map, I discussed four key aspects to consider before developing a technology plan for your association: people, devices, applications, and data

This article will go into greater detail on the actual process of building an ideal technology strategy that suits all of your association’s needs. When building a technology strategy, the best place to start is always with a comprehensive IT assessment — ideally one performed by an objective third party, such as a Managed Services Provider (MSP)

Read on for more info about:

  • Why this is so critical for your association
  • How and where to get started assessing your existing IT landscape
  • Necessary steps to take during the strategic planning process
  • Simple ideas for goals 
  • How to align assessment results with goals 
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Managed IT Services Provide Needed Support for Maryland Non-Profit

Juliana Lee

Posted by Juliana Lee
Fri, Nov 28, 2014

Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) is a 625 person non-profit organization based in Montgomery Village, Maryland, with a satellite office in Brookeville, Maryland. With two offices and about 51 residence homes to keep up with, maintaining a secure and efficient IT infrastructure is vital to CSAAC’s operations and clients.

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How Non-Profits Can Lower Costs Through a Cooperative Purchasing Program

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Let’s face it, we all like to save money. Some of my friends think I’m cheap. I like to think of myself as frugal. Whether it’s a discount on a dozen rib eyes at the big box shopping club, or a deal on a fleet of multifunction printers through cooperative purchasing, a dollar saved is a dollar earned. One way that nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and even some small businesses can save money on their capital expenses is through cooperative purchasing.

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What Association CIOs Need to Remember About IT

Shannon Goff

Posted by Shannon Goff
Tue, Dec 03, 2013

For some associations, IT is an aspect of business that can be overwhelming and underutilized. There are many elements to worry about: employees and members to keep happy, and the need for constant innovation and reassessment that comes with emerging technology. It is up to a CIO to marry all of these together to help the association keep moving and keep members actively engaged. To do this, there are a few things that CIOs must understand and remember about the use of technology in the association they work for.

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