Non-profits often don’t have much of an IT budget to work with. Many organizations turn to the break/fix approach, not investing in any kind of support except quick fixes every time something breaks.
Sure, simply not paying for ongoing support will save you some money… in the short-term, at least. But it’ll really cost you in the long run, as refusing to realize the consequences of neglect will result in hardware failures, security breaches, and other disasters that will bleed your budget dry.
But we know, or course, that the break/fix method is used out of necessity more than choice. Low-level IT workers average $50,000/year and the average CIO makes $150,000/year. Most non-profits can’t afford to add those salaries to their payroll.
You don’t have to rely on an in-house solution, though.
Sysoft provides the all the same services (network security, equipment maintenance and optimization, business continuity and disaster recover, cloud migration, expert consulting and big picture strategy) you’d get with a handful of in-house low-level IT workers and a CIO, all at a flat rate that’s more affordable than the wages and benefits you’d pay a single worker.
Here are 3 reasons why every non-profit needs to take a proactive rather than break/fix approach to IT support:
No one wants to suffer an online security breach and lose sensitive information.
Data loss is expensive (it’ll cost you an average of $150 per compromised file to recover, and with thousands of files compromised in the average attack, that’s quite the cost), but it’s also a matter of reputation.
If you suffer a breach and lose private data belonging to donors, your reputation is going to take a big hit. Not only will you likely lose that donor, but future donors will likely seek an organization other than yours to fund, as they don’t want to risk their data being compromising by trusting your known-to-be-vulnerable network.
We’ll regularly assess your network so that we can identify and take care of vulnerabilities before they’re found and exploited by cybercriminals.
Sysoft does more than just cut IT costs and prevent disaster.
Yes, cutting IT costs is a valuable service, but it’s not like your IT budget was the biggest slice of your overall budget in the first place. No, what is most likely the biggest slice are the wages and benefits you’ve investing in your employees.
Preventative maintenance will allow you to get more value out of that investment.
Sysoft will keep track of your equipment to make sure outdated hardware gets replaced before it fails and burdens your business with downtime. Also, even when hardware isn’t in danger it gets our attention, as we keep tweaking everything until it’s all running at optimal performance levels.
Less downtime and more efficient equipment allows your workforce to get more work done and therefore produce more revenue.
Maintaining and optimizing your hardware is important, and doing the same to your software is important as well.
You probably rely on software like QuickBooks or Peachtree for accounting and Raiser’s Edge or something similar for tracking donations and managing your fundraising relationships. We’re familiar with these programs and more, and we’ll make sure that everything is kept up to date and patched and that your employees always have the tools they need.
Give us a call at (416) or send a message over to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our IT services for non-profit organizations in Toronto.
IT projects that Sysoft plans for our business are thoughtful, well planned and executed. They always send us seasoned and professional technicians that work quickly and effectively on our systems.