This month, we met in the spacious conference room at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Our thanks to George, Luke and the CMP staff for hosting us and providing food and beverages!
Here are the meeting notes for this month:
- PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance was discussed at length. One attendee described their organization’s experience with following the steps to become compliant. PCIstandards.org was listed as a good resource for information.
- Migrating database to the cloud was discussed. Pros and cons of moving to cloud were brought up. People also shared their experience with using SalesForce CRM. Also, Veeam for virtual server backup.
- PC life cycles and depreciation were discussed. Some groups shared thoughts on using warranty as guideline for equipment lifespan.
- Squaretrade.com was mentioned as a good resource for buying equipment.
- Keeping Wi-Fi secure. Managing access points.
- Migrating to Office 365 including the pros and cons of having cloud based email.
- Other suggestions included:
- Using www.yournerdybestfriend.com blog.
- Asana for free project management software.
- W3.org and wix.com were mentioned as good resources for web development basics.
- Fing Android app for network analyzing in regards to wireless networks.
We held B&B-Allegheny at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh this month. Thank you to George, Mercy and the CMP staff for hosting us!
We will return to the Children’s Museum for next month’s meeting on Wednesday, March 5 (8:30-10 am).
Windows XP Migration / Upgrading to Windows 8.1
- Support to be ending for XP in April 2014
- Some not wanting to go to Win8
- Desktop vs. main screen
- 8.1 upgrades sometimes fail
- Still feel like Win 8 is buggy
- Can revert – make 8 look like 7
- TechSoup has Windows 7 upgrades available (32 and 64 bit)
- TechSoup also has the Software Assurance program – a 2 year window where you can obtain licenses for updated versions of software you’ve purchased through TS
- What about giving old Win XP PCs away to staff or otherwise?
- Recommend sign off a hold harmless agreement
- Make sure wipe hard drive properly
- RAM mostly going to be issue – many times can upgrade
- Win 7 wipes old operating systems, does a fresh install
- Window Easy Transfer tool is helpful
- Don’t see value for 8 if no touch screen
- Can add a program called Classic Shell to revert Win 8 to older look and feel
- general consensus that IT staff are still getting numerous help desk calls about Win 7 – there is concern that upgrading to Win 8 will only increase help desk calls
- Win 8 seems more geared to personal users
- Win 8 has a different method for connecting to a network – Map Drives no longer there
- No more file paths, have to search
- Geared more toward the non-techie, it seems
File Transfer & Cloud Storage
- Apple, 5 GB of iCloud free
- Dropbox, 2 GB free (next 100 GB/$99 yearm, is encrypted but not HIPAA compliant)
- Google Drive, 30 GB (encrypted if get business version)
- Ignite by Citrix for file transfer and storage
Donor Management Databases
- Should/does it fall under Marketing or Tech?
- Content support – marketing function
- IT – for integration w/ website etc.
- If small shop, sometimes have to do both
- Different skill set for each side, content and technical
- Facebook and other Ads – should come from marketing’s budget
- Social media policies are a good idea (sample policies available here)
- Social media committee also useful way to manage it
- Google places – have to get verified
- Can “claim” address etc. & include logo & keywords
- Desktop component
- Online component
- Office 365 info sheet for nonprofits (thanks, Johna!)
- 2013 “Cartoonish” looking
- Exchange 2013 lacks public folders (mailboxes instead)
- NPOs get discount ($4.50/user per monthly)
- Can access apps offline
- Get bigger exchange mailbox
- Better collaboration included in 365, but easier for tech savvy folks
- Capital vs. operating expenditures (Always a concern)
Document Management Systems / Board Portals
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: