Not-for-profit technology trends in 2015

Gordon Tan | May 11, 2015

In 1965, the founder of Intel, Gordon Moore, suggested that the number of transistors in a circuit board would double every two years. Moore’s Law, as it became known, has held true to this day, with the pace of technological progression accelerating rapidly every year. 

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It’s amazing to consider that only four years ago there was no talk of cloud computing. And only 20 years ago there was no Google.

As technology evolves, not-for-profit organisations need to evolve with it. Let’s look at six technology trends impacting the NFP sector in 2015. 

More organisations are moving to the cloud

Cost savings and increased efficiencies are the big drivers for organisations moving to the cloud. Data sovereignty and data security still remain roadblocks for some, but they are becoming less of a concern as cloud service providers open local datacentres and improve security.

SaaS products are a popular first move for organisations. Microsoft’s Office 365 is a great product that is enabling organisations to work more productively. Considering it is offered free or at heavily discounted rates for not-for-profits, it’s a very popular option.

Read more: Office 365 for not-for-profit organisations

Data is fast becoming an organisation’s most valuable asset

Organisations need to know how to understand and use their data. As competition for funding and clients increases, organisations that have systems in place to analyse data will give themselves the best chance to make better-informed decisions.

Business intelligence tools like Power BI are enabling organisations to quickly bring all their data together into a single dashboard view.

Technology is ushering a mobile workplace revolution

We are now all working in a mobile workplace where we are expected to work from the office, at home, onsite and on the road.

Empower your staff, volunteers and other stakeholders to work on the go. This will not only boost productivity levels but it will also improve the happiness of all stakeholders.

IT is getting less technical and more functional

Gone are the days of IT being all about coding. Point and click technology is enabling non-technical people to build workflows that streamline and automate business processes.

By putting the technology in the hands of your experienced people, you can build smarter applications that work more efficiently for your organisation.

Organisations are connecting clients with data

With recent changes to funding models, e.g., NDIS, families are now wanting more transparency around what they are spending their money on. For example, they want access to their information and invoices via an account portal.

Organisations that use technology to deliver a better experience will create stronger client loyalty that can help their organisation grow as government funding models change.

Technology is increasing efficiency

Organisations are going paperless. They are using software to automate old paper-based systems and remove manual data entry.

I am seeing some organisations save a full-time wage by using custom-built software applications that automate what was once an employee’s full-time job.

As funding models change, you will need to run your organisation more efficiently or risk going out of operation. Technology is an enabler that can help you streamline operations so you can remain in business and continue your mission.

Want to learn more? I expand on these ideas in my presentation at the Connecting Up Conference.

See a copy of the slides below:

Take advantage of new technology by partnering with a proactive IT firm

Are you going to adapt or are you going to resist the change? At R & G Technologies, we provide organisations with strategic IT advice so they can better plan for the future.

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