At Varsity, we understand our clients use many applications and processes to run their organizations. During a time of hiring shortages, overworked team members, and increased operating costs, technology can help solve these challenges. More specifically, business IT automation is one of the best ways to not only ease your team’s workload, but also increase productivity, security, scalability, and more. Continue reading to learn the top 5 benefits to Non-profit IT automation to help benefit your organization.
What is Business IT Automation?
At its core, business IT automation uses software platforms, applications, frameworks, and other machines to complete tasks without any human assistance. Examples can include anything from automated file transfers to application integrations. According to Tech Funnel, some of the most prominent uses of IT automation are application deployment, security and compliance, and incident management. For the nonprofit sector, software can automate everything from accounting and reporting to events and fundraising. For education industries, automation can include a variety of systems for learning, student information, and classroom management. Regardless of your organization’s industry, IT automation processes can be greatly beneficial.
Here are a few key benefits:
- Save Time
Without a doubt, automation is a major time-saver for many organizations. A recent study revealed that employees can spend an average of 2.12 hours per day on administrative tasks. Automating tasks such as sorting paperwork and searching for information will allow your team members to focus on more mission-drive projects.
- Reduce Costs
Automation can significantly reduce labor costs, especially for organizations who don’t have flexible budgets. Unnecessary costs are lost every year due to inefficient processes. Making the switch from manual to automated processes will reduce profit loss while also decreasing the chance for errors.
- Increase Efficiency
Automating processes is an excellent way to achieve predictable, consistent outcomes with minimal effort. It also allows for improved communication and task management among team members. Plus, technology can work 24/7, but humans can’t – and they shouldn’t!
- Improve Security
Utilizing automation can help reduce errors and improve compliance, which are two ways to increase security online. Human error is one of the major risk factors of cybersecurity hacks, as team members are often the first line of defense against them. Automation removes human error out of the equation. Additionally, automation may include compliance measures such as setting up security measures and confidentiality protection. This also improves security.
- Scale Up
As organizations grow, so does the scope of work. Manual processes can hinder this growth dramatically. With the help of automation, your organization’s core operations won’t break as your organization grows.
These are only a handful of the benefits automation can bring to your organization. In addition, there are even several long-term benefits such as innovation, risk reduction, and improved decision making, as outlined in this article from SmartSheet. Of course, whenever implementing any new technology, we recommend having a clear strategy in place. This ensures the technology meets your organization’s goals and objectives.
If your organization needs assistance in strategic planning or help implementing automation services, look no further than Varsity. Our trusted team of IT experts has over 22 years of experience in the nonprofit and education technology sectors. We believe that technology should help drive your organizational success— not hinder it. Reach out to us today to see how we can better serve you and the communities you serve. We look forward to working with you!