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 – April 2012 Meeting

This month we met at UCP/CLASS‘s (relatively) new building in Regent Square!  A huge thank you goes to Michelle Hines of UCP/CLASS for not only hosting the meeting, but for taking care of the food and running the meeting while Cindy Leonard was away at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference.

We will meet one more time in this location on Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 – 10 AM, at the UCP/CLASS building just off the Parkway East (1400 S. Braddock).  Visit the 2012 Bagels & Bytes Meeting Calendar for more information.

Resources and Notes from the Meeting (also compiled by Michelle – thank you!!)

  • Telephone Recycling
    • Look at existing vendor as part of the sell agreement
    • Family Resources had a 3rd Party company they found
    • eBay
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Migration to WordPress from a CMS
    • Suggested talking to Cindy from the Bayer Center more (yes, please do at the next meeting – am sorry i missed this discussion!)
    • Great resources can be found if you search carefully on YouTube – especially helpful for training other staff.
    • Suggested making your own personal blog to get used to WordPress
    • Other options than WordPress
  • Some stories about project outcomes from Technology Consulting in the Community from CMU http://www.cmu.edu/tcinc/
  • Shared information on the Pittsburgh Chapter of the SharePoint User Group http://www.pittsburghsharepoint.com/pages/home.aspx
  • A good resource for computer licenses that you may not be able to get on Tech Soup is Constant Computer Bargains http://www.ccbnonprofits.com/
  • A discussion about how good Microsoft has made Office 365 look but need reviews on if Office 365 works like the presentation or is it truly lagging behind Google Apps.
  • Shared April Fools Pranks
    • Users leaving computer unlocked having auto text generated for them
    • Changing ringtone to the Emergency Weather tone
    • Tiger Direct’s personal nuclear power plant
    • For other you can visit this website: http://www.geekosystem.com/april-fools-2012/

Allegheny B&B – May 2011 Meeting

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:

Equipment Sourcing

RiverQuest Explorer boatOther Topics

On Wednesday, June 8 (8:30-10 am), we’ll have our annual “Bagels & Bytes on a Boat” meeting on RiverQuest’s docked boat ExplorerKeep an eye on your email in the next few weeks for more information. 


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

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 http://www.business-software.com/HRM.

Other Discussion Items & Resources

  • Application Xtender (for archiving):  http://www.emc.com/products/detail/software2/applicationxtender.htm
  • 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 – March 2011 Meeting

This month we met for the second and final time for this year at the Frick Art & Historical Center‘s Haller House.

Here are notes and resources from the meeting:

CRM / Databases

  • Raiser’s Edge (noted as expensive, complex, and training intensive)
  • DonorPro (noted as integrates w/Constant Contact, has lots of modules including silent auction and event management, and good support and training is provided)
  • Aplicor CRM software (based in Florida)
  • Sage ACT! CRM software

Social Media Policy

After the meeting, Johna Lingelbach from Allegheny Conference shared a resource for free videoconferencing/social networking called Concert-oh!.  I’ll try to get a demo of this for a near-future meeting if I can.

We will meet next month at UCP/CLASS, 4638 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.  Please join us!


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

Allegheny B&B – February 2011 Meeting Notes

This month we met for the first time at the Frick Art & Historical Center’s Haller House.  It’s quite a lovely campus, building, and meeting room!  Big thanks to Chris Chambers, Linda Buker, and the rest of the Frick staff for hosting us!

At the meeting, Bob Walker, a consultant from local tech company SynergIT, and Michelle Hines from UCP/CLASS gave us a demo of SharePoint.  They showed us UCP/CLASS’s old SharePoint site and the one that has been redeveloped (and about to launch) using SharePoint 2010.  Michelle shared some resources after the meeting:

 

We will meet again at the Frick next month on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.  Please join us!


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