4 Ways Nonprofits Can Stretch Their IT Dollars
Nonprofits are challenged by all of the same IT concerns as their counterparts at for-profit companies – but often, they also have to contend with tighter budgets and a level of scrutiny that comes from responsibilities to their donors and their mission. We’ve identified four ways to help those hard-won IT budgets go a bit farther.
- Be Proactive – All too often, smaller organizations and those with limited resources wait until the last minute to deal with headaches, especially when it comes to IT. Waiting for a server to fail, breach to happen or software support to be discontinued will inevitably lead to greater costs in dealing with the crisis. Make sure IT budgets are designed to be proactive, especially when it comes to mission-critical systems and security.
- Go Multifunction – There was a time not too long ago when every IT challenge required a separate hardware and software solution, leading to administrative headaches and big server racks in the data center. No more. Modern IT solutions like next-generation firewalls and unified threat management systems have taken the place of point solutions like firewalls, packet filters, traffic shapers, VPN devices, spam filters and gateway antivirus. By choosing multifunction solutions, you’ll save time and money with a single purchase on a single appliance – which can be administered through a single user interface. Less to buy, less to manage.
- Think TCO – With all of the competing solutions in the marketplace, IT buyers have to be very savvy to understand exactly what is included (or not included) when putting together a new budget. IT buyers can feel like they’re being nickel-and-dimed when they are confronted with some of the tricks that solution providers use to hike up their prices, like separate (often hidden) costs for specific features, software updates, firmware updates, technical support and installation assistance. Be sure that your dollars go farther by looking at the TCO (total cost of ownership) for a given solution.
- Ask for a Discount – When it comes to savings, there’s no harm in asking. If your solution provider doesn’t have a specific price schedule for nonprofits, it doesn’t hurt to ask if there is an “off-list” discount available. You may be surprised. Of course, the easiest way to save money is to work with providers who have special programs in place for nonprofits. You’ll usually find that they’re more aware of the needs of nonprofit organizations and their budget constraints.
Untangle’s NG Firewall is an all-in-one solution for IT departments with tight budgets, and is offered at a generous discount for nonprofit institutions. Contact us to learn more.