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Nonprofits and the Future of Work

Nonprofit organizations represent the best of us. These groups are so dedicated to a cause that they leave behind modern business goals to further it. During these uncertain times—with a global virus outbreak, worldwide supply chain disruptions, and a struggling stock market—we rely on these organizations, and for good reason.
I’ve always loved collaborating with nonprofits, whether it’s volunteering my time with the Daughters of the American Revolution—which sponsors historical preservation and promotes scholarships for underprivileged children—or working with groups like St. Hope, Relief International and more to implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) software so they can move beyond the spreadsheet.
ERP software puts everything in the cloud and enables amazing new ways to work, and one of those is becoming increasingly popular: remote jobs. Indeed, with the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus spreading around the world, many organizations are choosing to let employees work from home. Thankfully, cloud-based technology is here and ready to enable the shift.

Who’s going work-from-home?

Organizations all over the world are either temporarily closing their doors or allowing their employees to work remotely. Even teachers, in some cases, have been able to continue their important work by leading classes digitally.
In the U.S. state of Washington, where over 100 people have tested positive for novel coronavirus, many tech giants, including Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, have recommended that employees work from home if they can. Remote work is one of the guidelines advised by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and as a result, nearly half of the nation’s organizations are implementing some form of it, which includes nonprofits as well.
In certain fields, the transition has gone so smoothly and been so well-received that some companies are considering adopting the model on a permanent basis—a long-awaited change for many. But is it the right change for your company?

Is this solution right for me?

Working remotely is a more viable option than you might think. But, in a world where office culture has thrived for decades, why is it suddenly so popular? Is it here to stay or just a fad?
It’s no surprise that modern employees want more autonomy, and letting workers go remote has been shown to increase productivity. It can also save businesses money by freeing up office space, not to mention resources like printer ink, electricity and more. It reduces traffic and pollution, helping our planet. The list goes on.
Another reason for the surge in remote work is that it’s no longer difficult to implement. With a multitude of ERP tools like NetSuite at our disposal, we’re more connected than ever, empowering us to perform a wide variety of tasks in the cloud.

How do I do it?

Whether you’re a nonprofit organization or a Fortune 500 company, you have so much to gain from implementing NetSuite. It can improve day-to-day operations but also help you prepare for a crisis like the current outbreak of coronavirus. NetSuite empowers your business with cloud-based software solutions, which includes digital finances and accounting, analytics that let you connect dollars to outcomes, and more.
All that sounds great, I know. But how do you get started? Well, the NetSuite implementation process has four primary stages:

  1. Engage: During this phase, we conduct kick-off meetings, finalize project plans, begin data migration and more.
  2. Drive: This phase is about guiding you through configuration requirements and conducting an initial walkthrough of NetSuite.
  3. Enable: Data migration continues as we conduct final process walkthroughs as well as testing and training.
  4. Convert: Finally, we confirm business readiness and transfer the system over to you.

With your new system in place, you’ll be ready to respond to a crisis without worrying about disruptions in business. Everything will be available in the cloud, meaning your employees can work from anywhere with access to the same tools and metrics for success.
But before you can do any of that, you need a partner who can guide you through the process. One who will stay with you every step of the way and support you even after implementation is complete. Amzur Technologies is one such partner, offering comprehensive NetSuite implementation, custom app development, training and more. 
I get it . . . moving to a new system can be scary. But I’d hate to see a crisis—and your reliance on spreadsheets—derail your organization. Find a good partner first, then find security on the cloud.


Donna King
Director of NetSuite Practices

Awarded to NetSuite’s Suite Success Allstar Delivery for Financial First and Nonprofit, Donna King is the NetSuite Practice Director at Amzur Technologies, Inc. Throughout her 15 years in ERP Consulting and 10 years in Finance, she has successfully led projects in finance and nonprofit industries through financial struggles, compliance issues, and corporate restructuring.

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