Within the last year, my former organization, MCS had eliminated all of its technology infrastructure by moving our applications to “the cloud”. For those of you not familiar with cloud computing, its essentially hosted software applications and associated data on the Internet in a models.
Moving to the cloud can significantly reduce IT expenses. Below we approximate the savings between the typical IT infrastructure and a cloud model based on 8 person organization.
Some funders and IT consultants claim that there is still a significant organizational gap when it comes to basic IT infrastructure. Such a story was true in the late nineties and into this decade, but it is a declining issue as a result of the amount of cheap or freely available software for nonprofits.