May 2014: The Cloud

How Nonprofits Can Get Started with Cloud-Based Tools

Submitted on Thu, 5/8/2014 - 12:55pm
Getting started with new technology can be daunting for nonprofits of all sizes. For organizations worried about getting started with cloud-based tools, there's good news: you're probably already using them! Learn what cloud-based tools you may be using and which additional tools might be a good fit.
By Kimberly Muñoz – Digital Strategist

Demystifying the Cloud: Making Smart Decisions for Your Organization

Submitted on Mon, 5/12/2014 - 3:18pm
What is "the cloud" anyway, and should your nonprofit store its most precious resources — its data — in cloud-based systems? Explore reasons why your organization should move to "the cloud," as well as considerations to give one pause before doing so.
By Sam Chenkin – Director of Nonprofit Consulting

Making Your Cloud Migration Seamless

Submitted on Wed, 5/14/2014 - 7:24am
Thinking about moving your organization's data to the cloud? A little planning at the beginning of the process can go a long way in ensuring a smooth switch. Learn questions to ask and strategies to consider before making your move.
By Tal Frankfurt – Founder and CEO

Using Cloud Technology in Storytelling

Submitted on Wed, 5/14/2014 - 3:48pm
What do storytelling and cloud technology have in common? In Liz Prescott's experience, which she shares here, cloud-based solutions can make the difference between an advocacy victory and a missed opportunity.
By Elizabeth Prescott – Principal and CEO

File Sharing in the Cloud

Submitted on Thu, 5/15/2014 - 5:09pm
With so many potential solutions for cloud-based file storage and sharing, which one is an organization to choose? Two guest authors come together to review several options and note important features to consider in choosing a solution.
By Johan Hammerstrom – President & CEO

From the Drawing Board to the Cloud: Creating Compelling Stories in Design

Submitted on Tue, 5/20/2014 - 10:30pm
It takes a team to steward design and a compelling story to go with it. Follow one product design manager's process through genesis to collaboration and beyond, and where cloud-based solutions fit in.
By Samihah Azim – Product Design Manager

How #Cloud Computing Will Single-Handedly Save the Nonprofit Sector

Submitted on Tue, 5/20/2014 - 11:08pm
Can an organization really get more for less? Explore how cloud computing enables organizational growth and flexible solutions choices while reducing costs.
By Steve Shattuck – VP of Marketing

What to Consider When Moving List Management to the Cloud

Submitted on Wed, 5/21/2014 - 12:02pm
Few organizational decisions are more nail-biting than choosing a new database solution. But when the developer of a nonprofit's custom-built database moves to a new town, or the local server goes on the fritz, it might be time to consider a move to the cloud.
By Marla Shaivitz – Communications Associate

Beyond the Shuffle: Data Accessibility in the Cloud

Submitted on Wed, 5/21/2014 - 3:50pm
Is your organization stuck in the time-honored tradition of shuffling paper-based accounting records? Are you playing traffic cop with different versions of donor lists until your file names look like a misunderstood version of the Dewey Decimal system? Look to cloud-based solutions for your data woes.
By Kirsten Kippen – Marketing Coordinator

Building Operational Efficiencies in the Cloud

Submitted on Thu, 5/22/2014 - 2:02pm
Change can be difficult, but chaos is worse. The reasons your organization may be nervous about developing new processes are often the same reasons new processes are critical for your mission-driven work.
By Lomesh Shah – Founder

Moving to the Cloud: A Practical Guide

Submitted on Thu, 5/22/2014 - 4:39pm
Cloud platforms like Google Apps and Office 365 allow organizations to explore new ways of doing business. Explore some questions your organization should be asking before using the cloud to build a robust, resilient IT system.
By Matthew Eshleman – Director of Professional Network Services