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How to Test a Disaster Recovery Plan for Associations (Trade/Professional)

  According to the ESG Research Review Data Protection Survey from Enterprise Strategy Group, 53% of organizations can tolerate less than an hour of downtime before experiencing significant revenue loss or other adverse business impact. Of those that...
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The Key to Saving Money on IT Upgrades for Associations (Trade/Professional)

No matter how advanced technology gets, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that it won’t last forever. Your staff’s machines will begin to show signs of slowness after about 3 years. After 5, you’ll be lucky if they’re running anywhere close to full...
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How Much Should Associations Spend on IT Security (Trade/Professional)?

Here’s an unsettling statistic for you: according to The Ponemon Institute’s 2014 Global Report on the Cost of Cybercrime, 2014 cybercrime incidences increased by 10.4% over 2013 numbers.   Another from IBM: after a breach, an organization loses, on...
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What are the Top Cybersecurity Threats to Nonprofits?

Reputation is everything to a nonprofit organization—and a data breach can destroy a reputation in one fell swoop. That’s why, time and again, our lengthy list of nonprofit clients asks us what they should be doing to better protect themselves—and what,...
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How Much Does Hiring a CIO Cost for Associations? (Trade/Professional)

Where C-level executives are concerned, “CIO” is one of the newcomers in the game; not many associations were concerned about aligning their overall strategy with their technology resources back in the seventies.   But as organizations become more and...
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How Much Does Data Backup Cost for Associations (Trade/Professional)?

Your server goes down. It doesn’t matter why—all that matters is that your network is down, and you and your 40 staff members need to get back up and running.   With your current backup solution, it takes three days to get that server rebuilt and...
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How Much Should Associations (Trade/Professional) Spend on IT Annually?

For many trade and professional associations, IT is inextricable from the success of your mission; from member management to event planning to effective communication, operations tend to have their roots firmly embedded in dedicated technology solutions....
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How Much Does Outsourced IT Cost for Associations (Trade/Professional)?

Outsourced IT, or managed IT services, means placing some or all of your information systems in the hands of an outside technology consulting firm (or Managed Service Provider). In many cases, associations will outsource when they simply don’t want to...
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How Much Does Strategic IT Planning Cost for Associations (Trade/Professional)?

For trade and professional associations in particular, technology can have an incredibly large impact on the efficiency of your operations and the overall success of your mission.   Unfortunately, this kind of harmony between IT and business does not...
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