Evaluating the cost (both time and money) of any technology project will always be important, but what is often forgotten is evaluating the cost of doing nothing. How long can you afford to continuing making decisions on month old financial data rather than real-time and forecasted financials? How much staff and space costs will you continue to waste storing and sifting through decades of paper records? How will you ever be able to spend focused time addressing key tribal member concerns when you spend two hours a day manually approving paper purchase requests, budget amendments, and employee time cards?
Cloud based technologies like Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure are making huge strides in reducing the time and cost for technology implementations. By eliminating the need for capital outlays of server hardware, traditional software licensing, increased staffing, and all the time required to set that up, cloud based technologies become operational subscriptions that can be implemented in much less time. This allows you to get more done with those time and budget constraints that we can never escape.
Too often the time and budget we don’t have to spend on technology goals can only be freed up by putting in the technology we don’t think we can afford. The question becomes, can you continue to afford to do nothing?