About the Meetup
We had our first of two meetups at the Frick Pittsburgh on April 4. We will be back at the Frick one more time on May 2. Thank you to Lynn, Linda and the Frick team for hosting us!
Following are the notes and resources discussed during the meetup.
Security Surveillance Cameras (vendors don’t say “security” but surveillance these days)
- NEST – backs up to cloud, can see who’s at door instead of just having a buzzer
- Also has smoke detectors and the like
- Lorex – phone app so you can see all cameras
- Axis Companion – integraIVMStes with phone system
- Vector – company that does comprehensive security
- Ccure – security company
- What to do with technology is the last thing to receive attention (sometimes caused by older board members who don’t get it)
- Sometimes scaring board and leadership by pointing out risk can work
- Need to get people on the board who are technology advocates
- Donated software and hardware isn’t usually “free”
- NTEN technology staffing and investments survey – to see how much your org should be spending
- Plan more than you think you need to
- TechSoup – low cost software and hardware; have to watch for license expirations
- Other free software for NPOs
- Ask merchant account providers about nonprofit rates
- Northland Public Library lends out Internet hotspots
Social Media Policy Template
- Look online for templates
- Hard to enforce – need to make sure legal looks at it before deploying
- Policy for staff is good, but also want to consider other stakeholders, like volunteers, board members, etc.
- Social media task force can possibly help
Social Tools/Channels Most Used by Younger Generations
For October, we were pleased to hold our meetup at ACHIEVA on the South Side. Thank you to Steve, Nicole and Dave for hosting us! Our next meeting will be held at the same location on November 4. In the meantime, we hope to see everyone at the TechNow Conference on Oct. 29!
Here are the notes and resources from the meeting:
Upgrading Windows software
- 2003 server upgrades possible (general consensus was “yes”)
- Windows 10 upgrades not very easy (some 3rd party software not doing well on it)
- For adding phones in Google Apps, there’s an app (Google Device Policy) that you can add to devices that connects with your Google admin page – providing a way to control device connection to services
- BYOD policy? Some have, some don’t – varies on the level of access given
Password management system
Office 2016 (and other productivity software)
- Outlook is less “white” and more “gray”
- MS is moving this package to just being called “Office” with no version number in the title
- Pushing Office 365 + Sharepoint server right now
- A preview video is available
- Other (free) alternatives include:
- People tend to resist change and to resort to software with which they are already familiar, so it may take some work to get your org to move away from Office to one of the free equivalents
- Largest risk to data is still employees – accidental or purposeful
- Frequently the ball is dropped between HR and IT, in the sense that IT isn’t notified immediately if someone leaves the organization
Advice for new “accidental” techies
- Don’t feel like you have to know everything
- Don’t expect kudos – you won’t hear so much when things are going well, but when something breaks…
- You have to like to solve mysteries or puzzles
- You need an appreciation and tolerance for lifelong learning
- Users can be very obstinate (machines are easy, users are less so)
- IT is a people business
- Users are the weakest link – don’t enable users who refuse to read instructions
- Find a good stream of tech information and absorb slowly – can’t learn everything at once – 2 hours a week of continued learning is probably sufficient
Our March meeting was held once again at Amani International Coffee House on the North Side. Note that the pic to the right is from last month, but…and correct me if I’m wrong…I believe that Katie, Norm, and Rose all sat in the exact same positions (different table) this month too. How interesting and random!
Here are the various resources discussed during this month’s meeting:
Upgrading to Office 2007 and/or Windows 7
Other resources mentioned during our meeting
Our next meeting will be held at UCP/CLASS in Oakland, on April 7, 2010. Please note that we are now holding our meeting from 8:30 – 10 am each month.
The Bagels & Bytes 2010 Calendar is here.