Gartner’s 2013 Technology Trends and Why You Should Care

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Gartner’s 2013 Technology Trends and Why You Should Care (Part 2)

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Cloud Computing IT Infrastructure SaaS/PaaS Technology Analytics big data cloud computing Gartner technology trends 2013In addition to mobile, these next five trends have the ability to radically alter the nonprofit technology landscape in the coming years with a heavy emphasis on data and analytics that is so crucial to nonprofit organizations.

Reality Check: 10-15% Of Brands’ Social Media Fans, Likes And Reviews Will Be Fake By 2014, Says Gartner | TechCrunch

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Reality Check: 10-15% Of Brands’ Social Media Fans, Likes And Reviews Will Be Fake By 2014, Says Gartner | TechCrunch : Fake fans, fake “likes” and fake reviews are some of the worst aspects of social media — or at least for those of us earnest enough to take user-generated content and the will of the crowd seriously. Now, new research from Gartner lays bare the fact that it’s only going to get worse, as paid social media interactions become a more established industry unto themselves.

Technology Hype Cycle from Gartner

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and other technologies such as Second Life follows a well established pattern identified by Gartner analysts called " hype cycles " The description is below and this visual showing the hype cycle for consumer technologies.

Here's 28 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Switch to EveryAction

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

EveryAction has earned high marks from independent, third party validators like Firefly Partners, Idealware, and Gartner.

From Gartner: Five Laws for Exploring Virtual Worlds

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Hat tip to Jay Moonah for the pointer to this Gartner article about virtual worlds. but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner's five laws for exploring virtual worlds at the enterprise level. Gartner recommends that enterprises should experiment with virtual worlds, but not plan massive projects, and look for community benefits rather than commerce. ???Find By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500.

10 Disruptive Technologies You Need to Think About


Every Wednesday, Gartner does a free webinar on a variety of topics. According to Gartner, the average server uses 65% of its power just sitting idle. Gartner noted that client virtualization is still pretty new, though, and there are kinks to work out. . Gartner agrees.

Crystal Ball: Cloud Computing and SaaS


Enter Gartner. According to Gartner (and they do consider themselves the authority here), Cloud computing is: A style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-related capabilities are provided as a service to external customers using Internet technologies. The analogy the Gartner analyst used was electricity: As consumers, we don't worry about how electricity gets to our light switch, we just worry about flipping the switch effectively.

AI and Nonprofits: Will Bots Make Transition from Functional to Friendship?

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With over 100,000 bots created on the Facebook Messenger platform and the rise of AI and conversational user interfaces (think SIRI), Gartner analysts predict by 2020 the average person will have more conversations with bots than their spouse.

IT Budget Cuts: How to Do it Right


That was the theme of a webinar I attended with the folks from Gartner called "Emergency IT Cost Cutting." Tags: budget gartner itstaff NPTech NTEN Flickr Photo: Steve Wampler I know that -- if you haven't had to already -- many of you are right in the middle of figuring out how to cut your IT budget for the next fiscal year. It stinks, but you have to do what you have to do.

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5 Technology Trends Of 2013 Nonprofits Should Care About


Gartner , a tech analyst firm, created a list of trending technology resources nonprofits and organizations are taking advantage of to make a greater impact using more robust resources, at a lower cost than traditional IT. Image courtesy of Wisepreneur.

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Why Savvy Nonprofits Are Dumping QuickBooks™ and Moving to the Cloud

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The great majority of CFOs are planning to implement cloud services for their companies in 2015 and beyond, according to surveys from CFO Magazine, KPMG and Gartner. Believe it or not, your organization is about to be part of an enormous wave of change in the next few years.

5 Nonprofit Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

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By 2020, over 26 billion things – cars, appliances, roads – will be connected to the Internet (Gartner), yet the vast majority of staff working at nonprofits have never heard the term “Internet of Things.” The following is an excerpt from October-December 2016 Edition of AsianNGO Magazine.

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Why and How You Should Get Proactive About Customer Service


Delivering a superior customer experience is the new marketing battlefield, says Gartner, projecting that by 2017 half of all consumer product investments will fund innovations that improve consumer experience.

How agile are you?


From Scott Brinker’s essay accompanying these slides : Gartner recently predicted that by 2017, the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO. Everything Is Marketing, Everyone Must Be Agile. View more PowerPoint from Scott Brinker.

The Reign of Digital Disruption – 2017 and Beyond

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A study by Gartner suggests that by 2020, 100 million customers will shop in augmented reality. It is a matter of perspective really, how do you interpret the term ‘Disruption’, in context to this blog, the term ‘Digital Disruption’.

Has Facebook Entered the Trough of Disillusionment?

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That's a diagram I created to illustrate Gartner's Technology Hype Cycles. My FLickr Stream. I thought about that diagram when I read Shel Israel's post " Is Facebook starting to fade? " He points to some early warning signs, but admits he doesn't have a crystal ball.

Cloud Before Cloud was Cool

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Last week, Gartner “the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company” issued a press release around the results of a worldwide survey of CIO’s in the commercial sector. They use the Internet… What is most interesting to me is the benefits that commercial CIO’s espouse to Gartner when talking about their reasons for implementing cloud computing – they are just as valuable to nonprofits. Author: Tad Druart.

Some lessons from the “enterprise”

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For instance, Gartner’s top 10 technologies to watch in 2008. It is nice to see that “Green IT &# tops Gartner’s list. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Some lessons from the “enterprise&# October 11, 2007 One of the areas of technology I watch is the world of “enterprise&# IT. Think big companies, lots of bucks, lots of boxes.

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Google + Nonprofit Brand Pages

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Why does Google + launch new stuff when I’m on a book deadline !! The long awaited brand pages on Google + are here. I put a post out on Google + asking what nonprofits had set up pages and was able to identify 88 from all the responses and placed them in a open circle here.

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WeAreMedia: Social Networks - Build the Nonprofit Social Media Tool Box

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Gartner VP recently published a report from analyst Andrea Di Maio, who says citizen social networks will complement, and may replace, some government functions.

A few Second Life Tidbits

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There is also some analysis of Second Life's Ride on the Gartner Hype Cycle (See enlargement of chart here and additional comments here ) from the PR perspective Alexandra Samuel from Social Signals starts off 2007 with several announcements related to Second Life - the addition of a virtual worlds manager and an Open house in Second Life later on today. There is also a post titled " Seven Reasons Why You Should Consider Second Life.

What is Green IT?

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For a couple of years now we've been seeing talk of Green IT, and as early as 2007 management consulting giants Gartner and McKinsey were addressing Green issues as a major issue facing IT managers.

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Does the Used IT Market Have a Future?

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Citrix cites Gartner Device Shipment Forecasts that find that the business PC market will grow at a rate of about 10% per year for the next few years. Another Gartner study found that export tariffs and high transportation costs tend to restrict secondary PC markets.

Nonprofits Should Consider SMS Fundraising With Eyes Wide Open

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It closely follows Gartner's Technology Hype Cycle. Photo by OxMour. Maybe I'm jaded. But having been in the nonprofit technology since 1993, I've seen a predictable pattern of cycles with new tools and technology. Technology Trigger. Inflated Expectations. Trough of Disillusionment.

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Devising a Print Management Strategy

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First, the scary stats in the white paper: According to the Gartner Group, an average of 1% to 3% of a company’s annual revenues is consumed by document production.

Using Industry Data to Set Business Goals

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There are many sources to pull from when looking for industry data, including primary research firms like Gartner and Forrester, as well as boutique firms that focus on the professional services market, such as PSVillage and SPI Research. The daily demands of running a large global professional services group within an even larger customer success organization at Upland Software can make it difficult to stand back and plan for future growth.

Are You Going To Adopt Google+ for Professional Learning/Networking? Why or Why Not?

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US Congress in Second Life!

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Photo from article by Adam Reuters, Reuters Second Life Bureau and used with permission.

Gamification: Much Less Scary Than What’s Under the Bed


Gartner analysts predict 50% of corporate innovation will be “gamified” by 2015. Here’s the latest post in our “INDUSTRY INSIDERS” column. Every Monday, we’ll be bringing you the inside scoop from several awesome association technology vendors and consultants who will share the insights they have gleaned from years of working in our association industry.

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Is the Used Computer Market Going Away?

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IT and telecom research firm Gartner Dataquest found that the secondary PC market is growing rapidly: 55 million PCs worldwide in 2004; and 86 million 2007. Another Gartner study found that export tariffs and high transportation costs tend to restrict secondary PC markets.

Technology Trends for Nonprofits in 2011


1] And not just that, according to Gartner Research, by 2013 mobile phones will take over PC’s as the most common web access device. [2] 2] Gartner Research: ‘Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users, 2010 and Beyond; A New Balance’, Jan 2010. [3]

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First Ever Capitol Hill Electronics Collection Day

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As a major asset recovery company, Redemtech readily champions electronics reuse, often citing recent Gartner statistics on the topic: read more.

Webinar: Appreciate, Engage and Retain Your Supporters


Gartner Inc. Do you need new ideas on how to engage your supporters? Does your donor acknowledgement process need a refresh? Do you want to better understand your supporters? If yes, this webinar is for you! No matter how many supporters you have, you are probably constantly looking for new ways to appreciate, engage and retain them. All across the fundraising landscape, donor retention is falling. reports that 75 percent of CRM initiatives fail to impact the customer experience.

Game On: How Gamification is Changing the Sector

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Brian Burke, VP of Research at Gartner, defines 7 key considerations when designing the player experience for gamification: Business Outcomes and Success Metrics. posted by Rudy Frank Graduate Student, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management. Let’s face it; every day we use our smartphones and mobile technology to get through daily and simple tasks, from finding information, to exercise, to learning new languages, even finding the nearest grocery store.

Google + for Social Change Activists: Dive in Early or Wait?

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Last week, I helped launch a peer exchange Webinar for Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Insurance grantees with Spitfire Communications (creators of the SMART chart ). The focus is how to effectively integrate social media channels and measure and learn.

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Social Notworking and Other Social Networking Challenges

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Gartner's Technology Hype Cycles : I created that diagram based on the Gartner's theory and have seen it come into play over and over again. My FLickr Stream.

The Bottom Line with Bitdefender BOX

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Gartner, a research firm, estimates that by 2020, the IoT will include 25 billion devices. In a world where more and more of our devices are talking to each other and sharing data online, you need to start worrying about where all that data is going.

How to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Nonprofit BYOD Workplace

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In May, Gartner predicted that by 2017, half of employers will stop giving employees company devices altogether. In a perfect world, your nonprofit would have the resources to equip every worker and volunteer with a secure laptop.

How Carnegie Corporation of New York Got Microsoft Donations Through TechSoup

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It has great discussion boards, hosts webinars, provides Gartner IT research, and organizes a big annual conference. Carnegie Corporation’s Loretta Harris recently found out how strangely easy it is to get Microsoft donations through TechSoup. Once she registered it was easy to keep coming back.

Four Great Resources for Foundation Technology

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Get free Gartner research. Philanthropy is very much a two-sided coin. Charities carry out mission-based work. Foundations fund and coordinate mission-based work. Things work best when the two sides are well aligned, and technology is an important area where we can do that. Lisa Pool’s Technology Affinity Group and Laura Quinn’s Idealware. are two organizations doing good work to make that happen. TechSoup also has a new foundation resource area for software donations.

A View of the Cloud from India

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During the month of October, join and the TechSoup Global Network for our Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. Check back throughout the month for blog posts, webinars, and dispatches from around the world on cloud computing for nonprofits, NGOs, and public libraries.

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Avoiding technology project failure


While success rates vary by project size, company size, project nature and so on, technology researchers at Gartner still figure that about half of corporate technology initiatives fail. Usually, we’re all so focused on the good stuff we want to do, it’s hard to step back and consider when and why Information Technology projects go wrong.