Article Excerpt: Charities could save money and time by switching their IT operations to cloud computing, says Lasa’s ICT Champion. Like the Big Society, many charities will have heard of ‘the cloud’ or ‘cloud computing’ but may not realise it’s a money-saving and time-saving opportunity.
Flexibility: Using services such as Amazon’s EC2 or The Charity Cloud means you can buy computing power as you need it. Comic Relief moved its IT systems to the cloud after recognising that for 95% of the year it uses only 5% of its capacity.
The cloud can offer a whole suite of tools such as event management, accounting software, file storage and graphics, and many are free or inexpensive.