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  • IDEALWARE  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2008
    [2008] Its 10 am, do you know where your organization's log ins are?
    I'll tell you where they shouldn't be - living in the heads and on the hard drives and post it notes of various disconnected staffers. If you are from a large organization with crackerjack IT personnel or have the capacity to create permission based information access on an intranet or internal file system, then this post probably isn't for you.
  • IDEALWARE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2008
    [2008] Social Networking meets CRM
    What does Social Networking have to do with Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)? Here are a couple of examples nonprofits are working on: 1) A health advocacy organization set up a Ning site to support collaboration and knowledge sharing among like-minded organizations. Look for ecosystems in which multiple vendors work together.
  • IDEALWARE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2008
    [2008] Build vs. Buy
    I keep being surprised by how frequently I hear clients tell me that a vendor has suggested they "build them a CMS," or by proposals from vendors that include custom building a CMS. hear people suggesting building their own social networking website. even occasionally still hear tell of organizations who want custom CRMs.
  • IDEALWARE  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2008
    [2008] Resource Roundup 10/10
    Overview of Social Networking Tools (Work Literacy) Detailed introduction to a number of different social networking tools (FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter, many more) What, Why, and How of Facebook Pages: An Expertise Roundup (Beth's Blog) Setting up an organizational presence on Facebook? Should you use a Facebook Group, a Facebook Page, or both?
  • IDEALWARE  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2008
    [2008] Biting the Hand that Bites Me as it Feeds Me? Part 1
    Like many of us, I've been using Microsoft products for a long, long time, and I appreciate many of them. Microsoft is a significant vendor, period, with their dominance in operating systems, productivity applications and, well, most everything else software-related. But they are a particularly compelling vendor in the nonprofit sector.
  • IDEALWARE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008
    [2008] New article:- The Basics of Email Metrics
    We've got a new article up - The Basics of Email Metrics: Are Your Campaigns Working ? This is a pretty hefty one, covering what email data you might want to track, where to get it, how to make sense of it in calculated metrics, and modifications to improve your results. guess there's just always a lot to cover
  • IDEALWARE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008
    [2008] Really Simple Databases
    It just seems that too many databases are too complex to use. How many years have we had to develop simple databases, that just work? Most groups I work with can quickly list off the information they truly care about in their systems. had the distinct pleasure recently of working again on a Kintera driven website. So where are the easy systems?
  • IDEALWARE  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2008
    [2008] Fun with Meeting Scheduling
    I was at an event recently where I spoke to a bunch of people about nonprofit software, and the most popular tool of the night was not email software or a donor database or some fancy Web 2.0 thing, but. MeetingWizard. you should. They're simple, but they can be a huge help in getting everyone to a meeting time that will work.
  • IDEALWARE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
    [2008] Ask Idealware: Update on CiviCRM?
    Gabe asks : Have your thoughts on CiviCRM changed over the course of the last year, since your last post on the topic ? Now that it's at 2.0 is it "ready for prime-time?" Michelle Murrain, Principal of MetaCentric Technology Advising and Zen of NPTech blog, says: A year has made a difference in CiviCRM. in fact, 2.2 Have other great options?
  • IDEALWARE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
    [2008] New article: A Few Good Online Survey Tools
    It's the article all you research geeks (like me!) have been waiting for: A Few Good Online Survey Tools. Eric Leland compares some of the lower price and more advanced options, and talks about what features you can get for a song, compared to one that you'll need to pay more for
  • IDEALWARE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
    [2008] OpenOffice.org goes Aqua
    Looking for an office productivity suite? Use an Apple Mac? great new alternative has arrived! have been using OpenOffice.org (OOo), the free and open source office suite since before it was OpenOffice.org. That would be when it was Star Office. That was a long time ago. The Apple OS has been the poor stepchild when it comes to OOo for a long time.
  • IDEALWARE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008
    [2008] Which Online Video Sharing Site Should You Use?
    In a recent conversation on Progressive Exchange, Michael Hoffman of See3 shared some thoughts about considerations when choosing a video sharing site. With his permission, I wanted to share them here, as I think they're really useful. Michael said: You need to look at video sites in two ways. One is as a host -- a free host -- for your video.
  • IDEALWARE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008
    [2008] The Human Factor. Staffing Makes or Breaks Tech Projects
    I've been having increasingly good conversations recently with clients about staffing for their technology efforts (particularly web site and CRM/database projects). Fabulous!! would argue that insufficient staffing is one of the top causes for the underperformance of new initiatives, both during a new project and on-going.
  • IDEALWARE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008
    [2008] Web Meets World
    The folks over at O'Reilly, who brought us the term "Web 2.0" and lots of great software books for geeks, are having a benefit auction in conjunction with their annual Web 2.0 Summit this November in San Francisco. Summit" community. like the focus this year, which is looking at how web 2.0 can be used for solving pressing world problems.
  • IDEALWARE  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
    [2008] Ask Idealware: eAdvocacy Alternatives to Kintera?
    Lenny asks : We're an all volunteer 501c4 that has been using Kintera. They're asking a great deal of money for continuing to use Kintera. We would greatly appreciate suggestions of other service providers. We can segment the list and target specific geographic regions, and we're able to provide copy for the readers to send as well.
  • IDEALWARE  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
    [2008] Mapping Blues: Where is the Data?
    Online maps are great. After working on this mapping report , it became clear that half the battle with mapping is finding the right data. Recently I was asked where nonprofits can find data about their community. There are so many sources," I sputtered, before realizing I did not know many of them by name. Which ones have you used?" she asked.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008
    [2008] 5 Keys to Effective Knowledge Transfer for Nonprofits
    Published Friday, June 06, 2008 8:13 PM by Rebecca. June 6, 2008 10:41 PM. June 8, 2008 11:03 AM. Wild Apricot Updates - June 2008. June 2008 (9). May 2008 (9). April 2008 (14). March 2008 (15). February 2008 (15). January 2008 (17). Copyright © 2008. SEARCH. Message.
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