As part of our ongoing series on cloud deployment – software, platform, or infrastructure solutions accessible as a service on demand at any level by end users – today we talk about how you can use digital transformation to prepare your organization to evolve along with emerging technology, so you never fall behind. Have questions about the cloud? Check out our Cloud FAQs and catch up with the other blogs in this series to get up to speed.
According to the World Economic Forum, digital transformation is going to create $100 trillion of value and opportunity in the private sector by 2025. But the nonprofit sector isn’t keeping up. Nonprofits that do move to the cloud are seeing results – two-thirds report cost savings of more than 20%.
So how can you reverse that trend, and take advantage of opportunities to grow and evolve your organization? By committing to futureproofing your organization.
Futureproofing is a catch-all for building predictable development roadmaps; for optimizing adaptive technology like the intelligent cloud (any cloud application built with AI or interactive functionality in mind) and intelligent edge (how the internet of things analyzes and aggregates data across distributed networks in proximity to where that data is gleaned) so you don’t fall behind in the face of rapidly advancing tech. It’s about knowing the potential for new and emerging technology, and setting your organization up for success today and in the future.
With adaptive cloud solutions at your disposal, you can use AI and big data to predict future program impact, and know exactly where you need to put your time, energy, and funding to secure the best ROI. Because futureproofing isn’t just a catchphrase, it’s:
Immediate operational improvements
Cloud solutions are simpler and usually faster to implement than on-premise solutions, offering “quick wins” such as improved processes, access to the latest versions of products, breaking down siloes between department data and better data security. Even the process of going through the implementation will help you identify your organization’s main bottlenecks and challenges, so you can focus on those area to track outcomes and improvements.
Technology that adapts as you do
Scalable, evolving AI helps you better understand your needs as an organization by learning what those are and showing you where you can improve. Adaptive tech built around a flexible core, the intelligent cloud allows you to grow, add, or remove applications as needed. While the intelligent edge gets you multi-device functionality that feeds into your longterm planning. As learning engines capable of being distributed across multiple devices and platform types, AI-driven cloud solutions are a more agile system than localized, non-interactive networks, so you’re never left behind the curve.
Better data access so you can make more informed decisions
To be able to make clearer, informed decisions from your data, you need to escape siloing it. Whether siloed data is the result of organizational mentality or existing application architecture, you need systems that can get you and communicate real-time data across your network. Especially where financial and resource data is concerned. But also in on-the-ground terms like distributed monitoring in healthcare environments, so aggregate, multi-sourced data in patient care can be instantaneously delivered and acted on.
Ways to reduce risk and improve compliance
Cloud solutions help reduce your risk by doing the basic work of providing backups and preventing data loss in ways you can’t on your own. But the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge also do so by helping you measure program impact to gain greater insights into how you can better manage your fiscal cycles and operating capital to maximize ROI. And in immediate, practical terms, the level of interconnectivity and real-time data sourcing the intelligent edge allows means you can provide end to end procurement tracking for better visibility and accountability, and prevent fraud. And the intelligent cloud provides you with access to the easy reporting tools you need so you’re always up to date and have peace of mind if you’re audited.
Retaining staff and clients through the tech they expect
Relying on technology that’s outmoded or has poor user interface tools is a problem for the communities your organization serves, but it also makes it harder for your organization to retain staff. Especially members of Gen Y/Z, who have well-developed expectations of how seamless their tech should be to use, via apps and programs they’re using outside of work. Well-integrated cloud deployment offers them that smooth, highly-interactive user-driven experience they work best with.
And there are going to be times when they staff need hassle-free, interactive remote access. The intelligent cloud in combination with the intelligent edge provides the distributed, multi-device acces s they need. As Janice Gerbrandt, Director of Corporate Services at Reheboth Christian Ministries , already benefitting from Sparkrock’s cloud deployment services, can attest:
“Cloud has enabled us to put computers into our group homes, not just in the office, so we’re giving our employees more capabilities and accessibility.”
Top-down, your personnel and the communities you aid need evolving technology that keeps up with the services you provide. Cloud solutions with the benefits of a native cloud application and integration to Microsoft’s intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are the best way to futureproof your organization so you can keep up with evolving tech as you work on building a better future.
Sparkrock 365 is an all-in-one ERP solution that is native to the cloud and accessible from all devices. Watch the video below and watch our Cloud Digital Transformation with Sparkrock 365 webinar.