Nonprofits in the Cloud

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Intro to the TechSoup Canada donations program, and how nonprofits can use cloud computing

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Nonprofits in the Cloud

  1. 1. NONPROFITS IN THE CLOUDTierney SmithTechSoup Canada
  2. 2. ABOUT ME Software engineer Nonprofit technology blogger Community manager @tierneys @techsoupcanada facebook.com/techsoupcanada techsoupcanada.ca/community/blog youtube.com/techsoupcanada slideshare.net/techsoupcanada
  3. 3. AGENDA TechSoup Canada donations program Cloud basics: benefits & risks Case studies & demos
  4. 4. ABOUT TECHSOUP CANADA
  5. 5. UPCOMING WEBINAR: OPTIMIZING YOURWEBSITE FOR MOBILE DEVICES Wednesday October 3rd, 11am PDT https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/920793182
  6. 6. OTHER THINGS WE DOLearning CentreBlogWebinarsToronto Net Tuesday (livestreamed)Twitter (@techsoupcanada) & FacebookMonthly e-newsletter
  7. 7. LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE SOFTWARE?
  8. 8. THE RESULT… Products: 7 Office Professional Plus 2010 Total: $258.72 Retail Value: $5,355.00
  9. 9. WHO IS ELIGIBLE? • Registered charities • Federal & provincial non-profits • Public libraries
  10. 10. HOW DO YOU GET STARTED? techsoupcanada.ca/getting_started
  11. 11. CLOUD BASICS
  12. 12. CLOUD CONFUSIONOne in five Americans (22 percent)admit that they’ve pretended to know When asked what “thewhat the cloud is or how it works. cloud” is, a majority responded it’s either an actual cloud (specifically a “fluffy white thing”), the sky or something related to the weather (29 percent). Working from home in their “birthday suit” is the cloud’s greatest advantage.Source: http://www.citrix.com/English/NE/news/news.asp?newsID=2328309
  13. 13. Scalable services you access through the Internet
  14. 14. Microsoft Word Not Cloud Google DocsCloud
  15. 15. MORE CLOUD APPS Twitter Google Apps Facebook Office 365Bit.ly Zoho Email & office productivity Social networking Your Salesforce nonprofit CRM CiviCRM CommunicationSkype File sharingGoToMeeting ReadyTalk Google Skydrive Box.net Drive Dropbox
  16. 16. 3 TYPES OF CLOUD Software-as-a- Service Platform-as-a- Software you access Service through the Internet Online environment for e.g. Gmail, Salesforce, building software Survey Monkey e.g. Force.com, Microsoft Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service Servers and storage in the cloud e.g. Amazon Web Services
  17. 17. FOR EXAMPLE…SHARING DOCS WITH YOUR BOARDRead more: http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/community/blog/board_collaboration_google_docs
  18. 18. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I DO NOW?The cloud is particularly good for: Sharing  Everyone shares one version of a doc Collaborating  Makes it easier to work together with others Remote working  Work from anywhere (with Internet) Scaling  Add/remove more people/space on the go
  19. 19. ANOTHER BENEFIT:SIMPLER ADMINISTRATION
  20. 20. BUY VS. RENT
  21. 21. RISK: LOSING CONTROL OF…FeaturesCostBackupsSecurityData (can you get it out?)Availability (what if the service goes down?)Access (what if your Internet goes down?)
  22. 22. A WORD ABOUT PRIVACY In almost all cases there is no law against using cloud computing Up to you to read the Terms of Service You are responsible for your data at the end of the day Avoid using cloud/be extra careful for political or extremely sensitive data e.g. political activists, women’s shelters Find out more: http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/community/blog/cloud_privacy_law
  23. 23. HOW TO PICK CLOUD TOOLS?1. Assess your nonprofit’s technology & determine priorities  Tech self-assessment: http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/community/blog/tech_self_asse ssment2. Set goals3. Research & try out options  Jane vs. Tierney (http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/community/blog/jane-vs-tierney/intro)  Platformation (http://www.platformation.ca/)  Idealware (http://idealware.org/)
  24. 24. NAVIGATING THE CLOUD JUNGLE Goal • Will it grow with you? • Can it work with what Integration you already have? • Is this path the fit for Culture you?
  25. 25. HOW WE WORK @ TECHSOUP CANADA • Google Apps • •Basic Infrastructure Collaboration Organization Google Apps Google Apps • Dropbox • Box.net • Box.net • Skype • Smartsheets • Smartsheets • GQueues • Podio • LiquidPlanner
  26. 26. THE STOP
  27. 27. FRAMEWORK: SHARESIES
  28. 28. QUESTIONS?
  29. 29. RESOURCESFurther reading: http://bit.ly/tsc_cloud_further_readingInformation about the cloud & case studies:http://techsoupcanada.ca/learning_centreCloud tool reviews & comparisons: Jane vs. Tierney (http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/community/blog/jane-vs-tierney/intro) Platformation (http://www.platformation.ca/) Idealware (http://idealware.org/)
  30. 30. DONATION PROGRAM INFOList of products: http://techsoupcanada.ca/productGetting started:http://techsoupcanada.ca/getting_started Microsoft donations information:http://www.techsoupcanada.ca/microsoft_resources
  31. 31. CONTACT INFOTierney Smith, Community Manager @tierneysTechSoup Canada www.techsoupcanada.ca @techsoupcanada facebook.com/techsoupcanada

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