You’ve probably noticed the influx of SaaS (Software as a Service) cloud technology for nonprofit organizations - programs like Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect, Salesforce, and even Keela. These programs often use a cloud-based system to centrally store your data, allowing teams to access information wherever they are, as long as they have access to the internet. Put simply, cloud computing is a network of servers working to deliver a specific function, like storing your contact data or managing your projects.
Exciting news — DocuSign, one of the world’s leading solutions for electronic signature technology, has joined TechSoup Canada as a donor partner!
We are awash in a sea of data, and we’re not handling it well. Literally. Nonprofits, like every other organization or corporation, are taking in more information than ever before, and more than we know how to handle.
Technology projects are a big undertaking for nonprofits, especially when budgeting is tight. However, any organization can perform a tech self-assessment with the guidance in this post, and better understand the shortcomings of their networks and their future technology needs.
"The cloud" refers to a computer concept whereby groups of large computers specializing in storing and processing information (known as "servers") work together to share information and workloads towards completing a specific task.
Cloud technologies have become commonplace, and the benefits are tremendous. Organizations can spend less time managing internal computing systems and communications infrastructures, and more time focusing on their mission. This decrease in overhead is invaluable, and it significantly streamlines how an organization spends their resources. But what are the real costs of not having cloud technologies?
Imagine trying to get feedback on a document. You attach the file to an email, send it to your team and they review the file. Some emailed you directly with input; others replied-all. Now, you have the not-so-efficient task of consolidating everyone’s feedback back into one document.
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.
OneDrive for document collaboration? Even for those of you that have heard of Microsoft's OneDrive, 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 OneDrive with (or without) Microsoft Office can be a great document collaboration tool.