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A Case for Non‑Profit Organisations to engage in the use of Shared Computing Services  pp15-22

Barbara Crump, Raja Peter

© Jul 2014 Volume 17 Issue 1, Special issue from ECIME 2013, Editor: Prof Przemyslaw Lech, pp1 - 121

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Abstract: The current economic climate of funding stringency has intensified the need for non‑profit organisations (NPOs) to find new delivery models of their services as a way of creating greater efficiencies and reducing costs. Consideration of improv ement to their back‑office operations is one way of addressing overheads associated with delivery functions of NPOs so that they can continue to focus on their core business activities. The overheads for back‑office functions are much larger for smaller N POs (by about 10‑15 percent) than the larger ones and interest in sharing services could appeal to that sector. One approach to reduce overhead costs is for two or more NPOs to collaborate in sharing office space and office equipment and, in some instan ces, outsourcing some functions, for example, human resources and information technology. Currently, in New Zealand, there is very little engagement by NPOs in sharing services, particularly back office computing services. It was against this background t hat meetings with representatives of eight NPOs in Wellington, New Zealand, identified the challenges they were facing. These included funding, client management, compliance with reporting (financial and non‑financial), financial management and control , governance, marketing and promotion and retention and management of staff and volunteers. Wellington City Council, as a significant funding agent of some local NPOs, commissioned a national online survey with the aim of understanding the interest and re adiness of NPOs in adopting shared computing services. The survey was developed collaboratively with the council, a computing charitable trust and a local university. The objectives of the survey were: to provide a snapshot of computing usage within the o rganisations, identify significant issues challenging the sector and understand their perceptions of shared computing services. The perceptions of the NPO representatives from across New Zealand (431 valid surveys) regarding shared services are reported in this paper. Results reveal the factors that driv


Keywords: Keywords: shared services, non-profit, computing, New Zealand


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