Bagels & Bytes Meeting Notes – August 2018

Bagels & Bytes meeting in JRS's meeting room

Editor’s Note: This is last year’s meeting in JRS’s space. I forgot to take a photo from our recent meetup! – CL

We are back from our summer hiatus!  We met on Wednesday, August 1 at Jewish Residential Services, which is located inside of the Rodef Shalom building on Fifth Ave.  Thank you to Paula and the JRS staff for permitting us the use of their lovely meeting room space!

A quick reminder: TechNow 2018 conference registration is open and we have tiered pricing this year, so nonprofit attendees are charged between $25 and $100 to attend, based on annual budget size.  Learn more and register at: www.technowconference.org.  (TechNow is October 3, 2018.)

Here are the notes and resources from the meeting:

  • Bitcoin
  • Where to find someone to do an IT audit
    • Depends on what you need to have done
      • Bayer Center does strategic and comprehensive tech assessments
      • Hardware/network vendor will focus on the network and items attached to it, plus security
      • Financial auditor will have a completely different set of checkpoints and controls
  • Veterans Leadership Program has several job openings
  • Guidestar
    • To look up nonprofit information including 990 tax filings
  • Video streaming issues
    • Having trouble streaming over cloud-based network
    • Otherwise a good experience being in the cloud
    • JENLOR is a good vendor for cloud networks
  • Board portals
    • WordPress isn’t the best idea for this – search engines can still index media library even if you ask them not to in robots.txt file; have to do it through plugins
    • Boardbookit
    • Google Drive
    • Basecamp
  • Google for Nonprofits Group
  • Paper paychecks vs. direct deposit
    • 90 cents more per check for paper
    • Can do ACH through your bank for free
    • ADP
    • Paychex
  • Chromebooks
    • Kind of like thin client machines – limited functionality if they are offline
    • Best for accessing Internet based apps and websites
    • Can do much less with them if not connected to the Internet
  • TechSoup
    • You have to become a member, but it’s free to join
    • Pay nominal admin fee for software
    • Can add external IT representative to account so can purchase for the org
    • Be careful to read all of the eligibility and purchasing rules and requirements for each software vendor – all have different policies
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“Bagels & Bytes & Critters” Meeting Notes – June 2015

Front facade of Animal Rescue LeagueThis month we held our “summer outing” meetup at Animal Rescue League, in the East End of Pittsburgh.  Thank you so much to Dan Rossi and the ARL staff for hosting our meeting as well as giving us a fun and informative tour of their facility at the end of the meeting!

Here are the notes from the meeting (which are not as thorough as usual, because I was holding a kitten during most of the meeting):

We will have no meeting in July and will resume our regular monthly meetups on Wednesday, August 5, at Jewish Residential Services in Shadyside.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Winners of prizes at the meeting

Prize winners!

Attendees pose for a group photo

 

Allegheny Bagels & Bytes Meeting – May 2012

This was our final month at UCP/CLASS in Regent Square!  Once again, thank you to Michelle Hines and the UCP/CLASS staff for permitting us to use their space.

NOTE: There is no *regular* B&B meeting in June.  Instead we have Bagels & Bytes on a Boat, our “summer outing,” on June 13.  As in the past, we will hold our meeting on RiverQuest’s boat Explorer.  Get more information and find out how to RSVP here.

Resources and Notes from our May Meeting

  • Sharepoint (general discussion)
    • Makes document “versioning” easier
    • Saves file space and allows for better document management
    • Can start with the free edition and add capacity gradually or later
    • If you have a lot of docs, you should probably install Sharepoint on its own server
    • Windows 7 search is not as compatible with these files
    • Helps to decrease duplicate saved files across a network
  • Physical relocation of an organization’s office
    • Import to pull in tech and other departments
    • Planning for tech is crucial from early on
  • Case Management software
  • Remote PC access 
  • Getting tech support from large companies
    • Best time to call seems to be ~ 10 a.m. EST
    • Seems like one is less likely to be sent to off-shore representatives at this time of morning
  • Payroll solutions

The 2012 Bagels & Bytes Meeting Calendar is here.

Allegheny B&B – February 2012 Meeting

In Febuary, we were graciously hosted again by the Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze.  Thank you to Linda, Chris and the Frick staff for hosting us!  Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at the same location from 8:30-10 a.m.  Visit the 2011 Bagels & Bytes Meeting Calendar for more information.

Topics and resources from the meeting include: