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Jane vs. Tierney: Cloud tools for Office Administration

Are you frustrated with how your email works (or doesn’t)? Is your server getting old and clunky? Do you wish that you could access all your files easily from home, or on the road, while still keeping everything secure?

These are everyday challenges faced by many nonprofits in Canada - and since email and documents are something you need to access a daily basis, not having good systems results in a lot of productivity loss over the long term. That’s why this edition of Jane vs. Tierney will focus on online productivity suites that will address these challenges: in particular, Google Apps for Business and Microsoft’s Office 365 for Nonprofits.

Are You Ready for Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits?

Is your staff spread across several locations? Do you have a limited budget for IT support like installations and upgrades? Are your staff and volunteers requesting to work from personal devices, such as their smartphones or tablets? Your nonprofit or charity might be ready to migrate to the cloud. But you might also have some trepidation about going completely online, especially if you're working with sensitive information. Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits allows you to have both: the full capabilities and secure environment of installed software with the collaborative, anywhere availability of the cloud.

Jane vs. Tierney: Jane's review of Zoho Reports

This review is part of the Jane vs Tierney series. Find out what it's all about and check out our previous challenges on email newsletters, online event registration, document collaboration and team project management. This review is part of our fifth challenge, on dashboard tools.

Jane vs. Tierney: Jane's Smartsheet review

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Are you the type of person that keeps all of your tasks in a spreadsheet, or use Excel to manage your projects? Maybe you have looked at other project management tools but found it to be too cumbersome and requires a steep learning curve. If so, you might want to consider Smartsheet.

Jane vs. Tierney: Tierney's Huddle Review

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Is your organization working for a better way to coordinate your work in an online, flexible way? In this Jane vs. Tierney review on project management tools, I’ll be looking at Huddle.

Jane vs. Tierney: The Team Project Management Challenge

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Do you find that you’re wasting time when working with others - sending files back and forth, looking for buried emails that contained important information, keeping track of who’s working on what? Maybe this is happening internally, or with your board, or between branches. Since most nonprofits rely primarily on email (or paper), almost everyone has this problem. In this review, we’re going to take a look at software for team project management/collaboration that will help you out with these issues.

How I went completely paperless (with help from my iPad)

When I was just about to start my PhD program in Management at the University of Guelph, I had heard horror stories from friends and colleagues about the number of academic articles that I would need to print, read and annotate. I though that maybe I could do my entire PhD without printing out a single academic article, maybe I could do it all electronically without negatively impacting my productivity.

Jane vs. Tierney: SkyDrive Review

SkyDrive for document collaboration? Even for those of you that have heard of Microsoft's SkyDrive, you would probably know it as a file sharing tool instead of document collaboration. However, in this blog I would like to share with you how SkyDrive with (or without) Microsoft Office can be a great document collaboration tool.  

Jane vs. Tierney: Collaborating in real time with Google Docs

Imagine this: you write up a draft of a grant proposal, and save it. Your finger twitches towards your email so you can send it to your colleague Bob for review, but instead you stop yourself and share the file instead. Bob gets an automatic email notification and opens up the document...

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap: Project Management in the Cloud

In a broad sense, project management is a part of many roles in a nonprofit - your job title doesn’t need to have “Project Manager” in it to need these skills. Whether you have to coordinate content to go on your website, organize fundraising events, schedule programs & services or manage volunteers, the basics of project management apply. To be successful you will have to break a big task down into smaller tasks, manage resources and make sure all the work gets done on time.