At SCVO Digital, we’ve encouraged lots of charities to make more use of ‘flexible technology’. But what on earth is it, and how can it help charities work more effectively?
First of all, it’s not about foldable phones, which are not much use to anyone at the moment.
What we mean by flexible technology is using digital tools to collaborate in real-time with members of your team, wherever they are, on a wide range of devices. For example, two or three team members simultaneously editing a report during a video chat. Or using online forms on a smartphone to capture data directly to a database.
Perhaps that sounds like a distant dream?
Just think about how often older IT systems can make work a headache. They work fine if you are sitting at your desk logged into your main network, and you’re happy to wait your turn to work with a file. Even worse, inflexible systems can lead team members to adopt inefficient and insecure workarounds, like file sharing services or emailing themselves copies of key files.
Although lots of charities we work with are already making use of flexible technology, many organisations are still missing out. Why aren’t all charities already switched on to flexible technology?
If you’d like to learn more about getting to grips with flexible technology, come along to our session at The Gathering on 19 February. This session will look at what can happen when organisations commit to the potential of digital and invest in becoming more flexible, agile and responsive. A panel of experts from charities and technology partners will also explore what investment is needed to reap the benefits of flexible technology.