AI For Small To Midsize Businesses Isn’t Going Away

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made great inroads into certain sectors of the U.S. economy. However, it hasn’t reached many small to midsize businesses (SMBs) in a major way … yet. In 2021, AI analysis firm Unsupervised published a survey of 520 SMB owners that found 48% of them still found AI too cost prohibitive. Forty […]

Nonprofit Observer Spring Newsletter

Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in the Spring issue… 4 tips for rebuilding your operating reserves The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home many lessons for nonprofits, perhaps none so much as the importance of operating reserves. This article provides some steps nonprofits with dramatically depleted — or nonexistent — reserves can take […]

News for Nonprofits

Support for female causes growing slowly While women’s and girls’ organizations have seen some gains in recent years, a new report from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University finds they still account for a small percentage of giving. According to “The Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women’s And Girls’ Causes,” […]

Should You Invest In Custom Software?

Contractors are regularly urged to buy the latest and greatest high-tech solutions, but no software tool is perfect. Off-the-shelf products don’t always provide the specific functionality needed or “play well” with other systems, forcing employees to engage in redundant and potentially error-ridden practices. All this hassle might lead some contractors to consider engaging an outside […]

Prudent Technology Upgrades Call For Some Soul Searching

By now, most business owners view technology upgrades as inevitable. Whether hardware or software, the tech your company relies on to operate will need to change slightly or even drastically for you to stay competitive. Strange as it may sound, technology upgrades demand a bit of soul searching. That is, before spending the money, you […]

3 Specialized IT Leadership Positions For Growing Businesses

For many businesses, technology has changed from something they use to something they do. When a company reaches a point where IT plays a central role in operations and productivity, ownership might want to create one or more leadership positions to specifically oversee tech-related matters and strategy. Often, this means a Chief Information Officer will […]

Protect Your Business With A Cybersecurity Assessment

Years ago, it may have seemed like only government agencies with top-secret intel or wealthy international banks had to worry about hackers. Nowadays, even the smallest small business could see its reputation ruined by a data breach, while larger companies could have their sensitive data taken hostage in a ransomware attack that costs millions to […]

Cryptocurrency Donations: Will Your Nonprofit Accept Them?

Cryptocurrency has gone mainstream, and if you’ve been sitting on the fence about accepting donations in virtual currency, it’s time to make a decision. But before your not-for-profit says “yes” to a Bitcoin (or other cryptocurrency) gift, make sure you understand the issues involved — including the risks. Virtual currency = risk Cryptocurrency refers to […]

Providing Optimal IT Support For Remote Employees

If you were to ask your IT staff about how tech support for remote employees is going, they might say something along the lines of, “Fantastic! Never better!” However, if you asked remote workers the same question, their response could be far less enthusiastic. This was among the findings of a report by IT solutions […]

How Auditors Assess Cyber Risks

Data security is a critical part of the audit risk assessment. If your financial statements are audited, your audit team will tailor their procedures to answer critical questions about cyber risks and the effectiveness of your internal controls. While conducting fieldwork, they’ll assess how your practices measure up and whether your company has weaknesses that […]