We held our August meetup in the sunny conference room at Jewish Residential Services. Thank you to Paula, Harold and the rest of the JRS staff for hosting us! We will return to JRS for our September 7 meetup, then it’s off to ACHIEVA for October and November.
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Here are the notes from this month’s meetup:
Adding Search to Website
Technology Challenges Faced by New Nonprofits (and Some Suggested Solutions)
NP Tech Skill Set
Custom Software vs. Off-The-Shelf Software
- Hybrid is best- off the shelf that can be customized
- Example: want to process volunteer applications via the web
- Upload PDFs/scans, etc.
- Portal on website
- WordPress Visual Form Builder plugin
- If WordPress site, turn off Google indexing of PDFs in media library by editing robots.txt file
- Spiceworks – network monitoring, management, help desk ticketing and inventory – has concierge service and is free
Finding Nonprofit Tech Jobs
Additional Resources (Shared by Attendees Post-meeting)
This month, we are grateful to Steve and Nicole from ACHIEVA for hosting us in their comfortable board room! We will be back at ACHIEVA next month, when Steve will be giving us a Google Apps demonstration.
(Oh, and I know you’re all tired of hearing me say this – but don’t forget to register for TechNow if you haven’t done so already! 🙂
Here are the notes from this month’s meeting.
iOS 8 Upgrade
- iOS 8 on older devices
- Battery issue
- 5s already has issues with battery on some models
- Takes ~ 5GB of memory
- Keeping some app updates from installing (want iOS update 1st)
- Pay if more than 5 GB
- Choose what to backup via iTunes
Cell Phone, Providers and BYOD
- Most orgs that provide phones to staff standardize & give out one kind of phone
- Some do BYOD & put on network
- BYOD policies (could also put in regular acceptable use)
- Lookout security app – backs up device & takes photo of person if tries to unlock more than 3 times (phone and iPad)
- Need to put in policy if require that type of app for employees
- Verizon – recently came down in pricing but have to ask
The Future of Technology
- Talked about pace of change in tech, last 15 years
- Minority Report movie has cool tech that we might see in real life someday (also check out the 2012 version of Total Recall)
Learning Management Systems
- Websites & internet access generally required for learning (K-12 and higher ed)
- Electronic textbooks as a standard would be great
- Blackboard is still in use
- Google has an app called Google Classroom
- Aquos Board (Sharp product – Wilson Group may have info at TechNow)
- Possible SMARTboard uses
- Skyping (if camera)
Place to Get Tech Deals
We had perfect weather for our summer outing, Bagels & Bytes on a Boat! A big thank you to RiverQuest and to the riverboat staff who made this meeting possible!
As usual, the Bayer Center gave away prizes during the meeting, including a one-year individual NTEN membership, a NetSquared mug and a bunch of NetSquared stickers! (Thanks, Eli!!)
Note that B&B-Allegheny goes on hiatus for July and will return the first Wednesday of August at the usual time. We’ll be meeting at Rodef Shalom in Shadyside.
Here are the notes from the meeting:
Generational Differences and Tech
- The younger generation knows tech, the older generation knows business need.
- Both generations can learn from each other.
- Doesn’t work well with Windows XP.
- QuickBooks support, however, is really good. They will help you with workarounds if needed.
Local Tech Vendors
Other Tech Vendors / Websites
- If your org is mostly or wholly cloud-based, you need excellent Internet speed.
- The cloud isn’t for everyone. You have to be okay with being heavily reliant on your Internet connection and on the third party software or hardware providers.
- Important to find reliable cloud-provider companies.
Funding the Cloud
- Capital vs. operating expense
- Tech-wise, nonprofits aren’t much difference from small businesses. Where they differ the most is that businesses tend to be better about having a tech plan and about budgeting for tech.
- More difficult to get grant funding for operating expenses like cloud hardware or software. Foundations tend to look at those expenditures as the cost of doing business.
Other Topics and Ideas
- BoardBookit – board collaboration and management software (cloud-based)
- Tech Committees are a good practice for all orgs. It’s important to put together a diverse group of people across organizational functions and with varied skill sets.
- Office 365 – the migration is reported to be pretty smooth. Cost is ~$4.50 per user per month and can be purchased at TechSoup. Rollouts go best when staff is prepped in advance and provided with training post-migration.
- Lantek – provides informational sessions on Office 365 periodically.
- Re-Use Technology Collaborative
- Office 2013 – slight difference in menus (saving files, etc.)
- There is an MS SharePoint group that meets monthly in the Microsoft building on the North Shore.
We were small but mighty again today. 🙂 Here were our topics of discussion.
- October 24, 2013
- Breakouts and speakers have been posted to the website.
Deep Freeze software
- For computer labs or visitor computers
- Vendor is Faronics
Speaking of TechSoup, B&B is now a NetSquared affiliate group!
Dependence on cloud technology
- Pros and Cons, definitely
- Great when working
- Crippling when goes down (or lose network connectivity or electricity)
Discussion of social networking
- Some people’s constant need to post updates and photos (self-validation? self-esteem?) – collectively, we don’t really “get” this.
- Can a person truly multi-task? Or do we just think we can do it?
This month we met for the last time this year at UCP/CLASS on Centre Avenue in Oakland. Thank you once again to Michelle Hines and her crew for having us!
Here are notes and resources from the meeting:
On Wednesday, June 8 (8:30-10 am), we’ll have our annual “Bagels & Bytes on a Boat” meeting on RiverQuest’s docked boat Explorer! Keep an eye on your email in the next few weeks for more information.
Get 2011 B&B meeting info and location/directions here.