Bagels & Bytes Meeting Notes – March 2018

About the Meetup

We had a great March meetup at Grow Pittsburgh, with so many topics covered. Thank you to Rebekah and the Grow Pittsburgh staff for hosting us!

Following are the notes and resources mentioned during the meetup.

Windows 10

  • About 50% using Windows 10
  • Is 2013/2016 Office working fine on 10?
  • Office 365 runs on it too
  • Can make it look like Windows 7 if desired

Assorted Communications and Collaboration tools

  • Zoom
    • For vitual meetings and webinars
    • Doesn’t act up as much as tools like Skype, particularly when you get more than 10 people in the virtual meeting room
  • Workspace
    • Free for NPOs
    • Like Facebook for the workplace
    • Features:
      • Protected files
      • Video archiving
      • Chat
      • Only email in same domain can be added to network
      • Easier to use than Sharepoint
  • Slack
    • Similar to Workspace (above)
    • Widely used in corporate America

Moving to the Cloud

  • Want to move servers, print drivers, active directory
  • How will access VPN?
  • Krissy DeShetler wrote a post for the NTEN blog on moving to the cloud
  • Can move server to cloud & desktops if desired
  • Heavily reliant on Internet – need good connection
  • Can have multiple servers
  • Streaming video is challenging
  • VPN – looks the same when work at home, office, wherever
  • Can configure to mirror your current environment
  • Costs vary
  • JENLOR is one of a number of companies that provide this service, also NET Xperts
  • Less costly than on-premise most of the time
  • One location goes down, every other location stays up
  • Monthly fees vary, depending on space, # of users, support hours
  • Can still get TechSoup discounted licenses & have installed on VPN

Free Video and Photo Editing software

Resources to learn about the field (or for inexpensive hardware/software)

HRIS Systems

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Bagels & Bytes Meeting Notes – November 2017

Prize winners at Bagels & Bytes

The winners of this month’s prize giveaways!

We met at ACHIEVA for the last time this year. Thank you again to Nicole and the ACHIEVA staff for hosting us!

Our meeting in December will be the annual holiday party at Dave & Buster’s at the Waterfront on Friday, December 8 from 1-4 pm. We will have our regular meeting over lunch (everyone orders off the menu and pays individually this time), then do a “techie white elephant” gift exchange (bring a geeky wrapped gift under $10, feel free to look for odd stuff in your tech closet to wrap) and then we’ll play a few games including our annual skee-ball tourney (Cindy will bring a few prizes for the winners).

The reminder email will go out next week, so keep an eye out and RSVP for the meeting on the Bayer Center’s website or on Meetup.com when you see it.

Here are the notes and resources from this month’s meeting:

On-Premise vs. Cloud Server

Data Analysis Software

Coax to Fiber

  • Coax (for example, like Comcast) – speeds are never consistent, disconnects frequently in high usage
  • Coax providers tell you the minimum speed they provide, fiber providers tell you the maximum speed they provide
  • Coax is generally faster, but there are many things that can affect speed
  • Verizon and DQE also have fiber
  • DQE owns the fiber lines
  • Check packet shaping on routers/prioritize traffic to keep more important going
  • Check into Level 3 Communications (owns the Pittsburgh backbone)

Click Dimensions

  • Click Dimensions – mass email marketing tool that connects to MS Dynamics 365 CRM
  • Ask about 30 day trial
  • Want to be able to connect to database
  • Email templates

NTEN Tech Accelerate

Remote IT Management

Lynda.com

Bagels & Bytes Meeting Notes – April 2015

The new visitor center at the FrickThis month we met at the lovely Frick Art & Historical Center, which now boasts an awesome new visitor center!  Our deepest thanks to Linda and the Frick staff for hosting us!  We will be back at the Frick for our next meeting on May 6.

Here are the notes from this month’s meeting:

  • Upon asking attendees to reflect on their organization’s greatest present tech challenge, received these answers:
    • Doing things the same way all the time – always reactionary
    • Issues with proprietary content management system
    • Running remote meetings with board or staff
    • Social media usage – how to do it more effectively
    • Budgetary issues
    • No seat at the table
    • No tech plan
    • Need more buy in from staff, leadership and board
    • Utilization of volunteers for tech (what’s appropriate to let a volunteer handle vs. a staff member or vendor)
    • Managing tech volunteers
    • File storage, backup and recovery
  • Social media tips
    • Always use a photo when posting
    • Use shorter URLs (convert with Bit.ly or similar tool)
  • Lynda.com
    • Great for training videos on a wide variety of topics
  • Microlending/microfinance orgs online
  • Event registration tools
  • Books on tech planning
  • Managing technology using volunteers
    • Always good to create a job description with specific skills and duties spelled out
    • Know what’s appropriate for a volunteer vs. a staff member vs. a vendor
    • Recognize when you really need to make the jump from tech volunteer to paid tech staffer
    • NTEN Staffing and Investments Report 2014
  • Technology culture
    • Is a big challenge for many organizations
    • Sometimes fresh leadership causes a positive shift in a stale tech culture
    • How do you get people to realize the value of technology and that they really can’t do their jobs without adequate access to computing resources and data?
  • UpPrize content
  • TechNow 2015 Conference
    • Leaked news of the big speakers, not yet announced to public
      • Afternoon keynote will be Cody Switzer, Senior Editor at the Chronicle of Philanthropy
      • Opening plenary will be Kenya Boswell, President at BNY Mellon Foundation and Matt Zieger, Executive in Residence, Innovation, Forbes Funds