As a leader in research and analysis of the IT sector, Gartner produces many reports around trends and influencers in the market. One area of particular interest to ourselves and our customers was around their top five trends and how they will affect non-profit organizations this year. In addition to mobile, these next five trends have the ability to radically alter the non-profit technology landscape in the coming years with a heavy emphasis on data and analytics that is so crucial to non-profit organizations.
1. Cloud Computing
According to Gartner, as IT staff have been asked to do more with less, IT departments must play multiple roles in co-ordinating IT-related activities, and cloud computing is now pushing that change to another level. Our thoughts: Cloud computing is a good way for non-profits to take advantage of sophisticated technology tools in a very cost-effective way without having to invest heavily in capital expenditure such as servers etc. As a result we think for some organizations, Cloud computing will transform their operations will relatively cheap access to a wide variety of solutions and tools.
2. Big Data
According to Gartner, Big Data is shifting from analysis of individual projects to an influence on operational wide strategic information architecture. Our thoughts: Data is really the nerve-centre of non-profit organizations. Knowing all you can about your financial performance, operations, clients and constituents to engage them in the most effective way possible is crucial to ongoing success. Big Data is the key to information architecture that will help promote integration and collaboration across a non-profit organization.
As Gartner points out, analytics is increasingly delivered to users with the intent to action. With better insight into performance and costs, IT leaders can afford to perform analytics and forecasting. Our thoughts: We agree that now is the time to see how you can leverage your ERP or CRM solution to provide better analytics. We feel that analytics will be a disruptive game changer for many Canadian organizations.
4. Faster Computing
As Moore’s Law observes, computing power roughly doubles every 18 months resulting in the elimination, for the most part of long batch processes as they can now be minimized into minutes or seconds. Our thoughts: Today, you’ll gain speed and knowledge more than ever from in-memory computing.
5. Integrated Ecosystems
Gartner has shared that the market is transforming to more integrated systems and ecosystems and away from loosely coupled heterogeneous approaches. Our thoughts: We see this as a plus for non-profits because it will lower the number of disparate systems and challenges in IT that an organization has to deal with all while providing access to technology that had previously been considered too expensive or complex to even think about.
We've recently published our own eBook on the 5 ways technology will shape non-profits in 2014. If you would like a copy, you can get it here.