Allegheny B&B – April 2011 Meeting

This month we met at UCP/CLASS on Centre Avenue in Oakland.  Thank you to Michelle Hines and her crew for having us!

Here are notes and resources from the meeting:

Software for human resources-related tasks

We noted that there are many commercial packages out there, but many are not suitable for nonprofits.  Johna Lingelbach from the Allegheny Conference shared a report that she obtained from

Other Discussion Items & Resources

  • Application Xtender (for archiving):
  • Cloud Computing:
    • Capital vs. operational budgeting/funding?
    • Cost factors – # of servers, bandwidth, space needed
  • End of life cycle for Access (has anyone heard?)
    • What would replace it?
      • SQL Management Studio Express (comes in SQL Server 2008)
        • Can take a class on SQL at CCAC for $100, in their Ed-to-go courses
        • SQL reporting
          • Use the built-in Microsoft report writer
          • Use Crystal Reports

We will meet next month at UCP/CLASS, 4638 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh,
on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.  Please join us!

Get 2011 B&B meeting info and location/directions here.


Allegheny B&B – December 2009 Meeting Notes

This was our last month meeting at ACHIEVA on the South Side.  There are no Bagels & Bytes meetings in January (except for the Westmoreland group).  For the 2010 schedule, visit The Bagels & Bytes Calendar (including directions).

Here are the various resources and topics discussed during this month’s meeting:

  • Google Wave beta – several of us are playing around with this new social media/communications tool
  • Keeping equipment inventory
    • Built-in software if available
    • Need to get accounting involved at some point
    • Simple Access database and assign tracking tags/numbers to pieces of equipment
    • Some attempting in SharePoint
    • Might use interns
    • Have to stay on top of it
    • – has inventory & help desk functionality – free version or pay if don’t like advertisements
  • DonorPro fundraising software by TowerCare Technologies
    • Several B&B people moving to it soon
    • Reasonable cost (about half the monthly cost of Razor’s Edge)
    • DonorPro does data conversion too
  • Talked about NPOs’ reluctance to do cloud computing
  • Email archiving
  • Google software/products
    • Can now set up Gmail with organization’s own domain name
    • Lots of other Google collaboration tools besides email and calendar
    • Google now has shared folders – can set permissions user-by-user
  • How to track time when employees start working from home
    • Some allow exempt employees to work remotely but not non-exempt
    • Time tracking is a mgmt. and HR issue, not a tech issue
  • Have to prioritize tech projects and focus on the most important first – so don’t do all of them half-ways

Our next meeting will be held at Amani International Coffee House on the North Side, on February 3, 2010.  Please note that we are now holding our meeting from 8:30 – 10 am each month.