The cloud has long been thought of as a service that can help all manner of different businesses. There is a growing interest in cloud services every day and that has meant that uses for the service are striving to meet those interests. One area which is just starting to explore the different ways that the cloud can help is the charity sector. A new report put out by Exponential says that charity organizations are starting to take a look at what the cloud can do for them.
The report, titled “Third Sector Reaches for the Cloud,” does point out that while charity organizations (the third sector) are starting to use the cloud, there is a lot of work to do. Businesses and government organizations seem to have a lot more experience than charities do at this point in time. In the report, 42 percent of charities said that they had turned to Software as a Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) over the last year. Of that group, 39 percent also admitted that they had never thought of using the cloud.
Among charity organizations that haven’t turned to the cloud just yet, money seemed to be the factor holding them back. Some of these concerns about money show just how little the sector understands cloud services. Other worries are simply about trying to figure out how to cut IT staff while maintaining the information they hold most valuable. Sooner or later, charity organizations are going to recognize exactly why cloud services are becoming so popular. Among the chief benefits of the cloud is that these organizations can become far more agile than they are right now. There is also the added benefit of reducing the total cost of ownership.
The one factor that is keeping some charity organizations from turning to the cloud is the same one that still keeps some businesses from doing the same; 29 percent of those cited in the report still say they do not trust the cloud enough to make the move.