Why you should care that Oracle is buying Sun

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

However, today’s news that Oracle is going to buy Sun Microsystems has some very important implications. Sun bought MySQL AB (the company behind MySQL) last year for $1 Billion dollars, and therefore, MySQL AB now becomes a part of Oracle, it’s primary competition. Tags: Open Source Software Technology Zen database mysql nptech oracle sun In general, the activities of the big tech corporations have somewhat limited and indirect effect on nonprofit technology.

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Guide to Migration from Oracle to PostgreSQL

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Oracle and PostgreSQL are the most powerful and popular object-relational DBMS. However, PostgreSQL has important benefit compared to Oracle: it is open source and has more liberal license than another database management system. In view of this fact many companies migrate their databases from Oracle to PostgreSQL to reduce total cost of the ownership. Export Oracle data into CSV files (one file per table).

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Foundation opens volunteerism Web site to nonprofits - Harwich, MA - Harwich Oracle

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Foundation opens volunteerism Web site to nonprofits - Harwich, MA - Harwich Oracle: "Cape Cod —Cape Cod Volunteers, a Web site-based service that will link nonprofit agencies with potential volunteers, is open to nonprofits to post their volunteer opportunities.

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Alternatives to MySQL

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

For those of us that depend on MySQL everyday, the buyout of Sun (which had bought MySQL) by Oracle did not bode well. A decidedly biased survey by the folks behind PostgreSQL suggests that many people worry about the health of MySQL in Oracle’s hands. I’ve mentioned this before, and I do think the conventional wisdom is that open source software (which includes OpenOffice.org, MySQL and Java) will not flourish at Oracle.

LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice.org

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

But then … Oracle bought Sun. And just like the fears that many in the MySQL community have had about the future of MySQL under Oracle’s watch (Oracle shut down the OpenSolaris project, for example), people were worried about the future of OpenOffice.org. I’ve already been using LibreOffice, and intend to stick with it, since IMHO, a good bet is that anything FOSS will flounder and probably die in Oracle’s hands.

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What Does Big Data Have to Do With Me and My Organization?

AFP Blog

MIT Technology Review recently cited Oracle’s definition: “Big data is the derivation of value from traditional relational database-driven business decision making, augmented with new sources of unstructured data.” What Does Big Data Have to Do With Me and My Organization? Without a doubt big data is one of the most talked about topics in nonprofit technology and IT in general this year. It was last year as well.

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How World Wildlife Fund Used Segmentation to Activate Social Influencers for Their Cause

Connection Cafe

The Oracle at Delphi told Oedipus “Know thyself!” If the Oracle were speaking to nonprofits today, it might say “Know thy supporters!”. For nonprofits interested in engaging supporters in online advocacy, this is especially true. These days, individuals receive a LOT of email and see a LOT of posts on their social media feeds.

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Jed Alpert Talks about “Starting the Conversation”

Mobile Commons

Our CEO Jed Alpert recently sat down with Oracle’s Profit magazine to discuss how a mobile campaign can extend an organization’s existing communications – and what companies are doing wrong. He also gave some introductory thoughts for executives who are thinking of launching their own mobile campaigns: First, look at all the preexisting ways your brand touches customers. Think about how you can make these touches actionable.

The Importance of a Connected Hospital

Connection Cafe

Places like the Stanford Design School’s approaches to journey mapping were adopted by companies like Oracle and Microsoft and this ‘structured empathy’ approach make incredible improvements to the customer journey. “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it’s not open” Frank Zappa . OK, we know it’s hard to listen to someone who names their child Moonbeam but go with us on this for a few minutes and we think you will understand our concept… .

It's ok to be wrong sometimes

Connection Cafe

Perhaps you are like me and are wondering if the Paul the oracle octopus will be right on his prediction for Spain to win the World Cup. Author: Amber Wobschall. I’m a huge NPR fan and not afraid to admit it. What I am often afraid to admit is when I am wrong - just ask my friends and family. He’s been right on so far. But he could be wrong.

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Barriers and benefits for businesses moving to the cloud

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Findings highlight that 63% of Chief Information Officers plan to do this at some point in the future (Oracle). Browse the infographic from IT support provider : TSG, to help you realise the wide range of benefits to be gained from moving to the cloud. Your business could welcome reduced storage and maintenance costs, flexibility, scalability and increased productivity, to name but a few. .

These are a few of my favorite blogs

Connection Cafe

I think of the Sea Change posts as communications from the Oracle at Delphi - rich in meaning, posing more questions than answers, with the goal of getting you to think about the question in relation to your strategy, rather than spoon-feeding you the answers. Published on Wordpress and Typepad and others Insights from nonprofit sisters and brothers Keeping my online strategy from going to the dogs These are a few of my favorite blogs. It's Friday!

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Philgorithms: Two Examples of Data Mapping to Guide Donor Decisions

Beth Kanter

A team of four Google Fellows developed Delphi (named after the ancient Greek shrine that was home to an oracle who could predict the future) over the span of six months. As COVID accelerates innovative uses of AI in many areas, we are also seeing more development of AI-powered data mapping tools for philanthropic advising and to support donor investment decisions.

Social Media and Cute Dogs Go Mobile And Other Cute Animal and Nonprofit Tales

Beth Kanter

In September, they ran their 3rd social media challenge, in this case, the Oracle Online Action Challenge. Oracle made donations for all online actions (likes, comments, RTs, photos, etc) during Hunger Action Month , reaching a maximum donation of $25,000. One of the campaigns for the Oracle effort during Hunger Awareness Month was “Hunger: Put a Fork in It.”

Announcing the 2015 Digital Outlook Report

NTEN

Whether we''re talking about Oracle, IBM, or a charitable organization, how you deploy your human resources is the key to success. What does digital strategy look like in your organization? We asked, and nearly 500 individuals from nonprofit organizations responded!

3 Cool Things to Try in Excel 2016

Tech Soup Blog

or from basically almost any database type out there: SQL, Azure, Access, Oracle, and more. Office 2016 includes powerful new Excel features. Here are three you should check out today. Try the New Chart Types. What's new with Excel charts? If you look carefully at the Excel 2016 "Insert" ribbon tab, you will notice the new chart types, which will help you better share your data with your audience. These new types are. Waterfall. Box and whisker. Treemap. Sunburst.

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The Surge of "Software as a Service" and OnDemand technologies

NetWits

Forward thinking traditional software vendors such as Oracle and Blackbaud have invested in technologies to deploy their solutions over the web by providing hosting services, often called “OnDemand” services, while retaining the ability to offer full-featured, customizable, and data rich solutions. The technology world is full of buzz words that make up a language all their own.

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Former Oracle exec: ‘We will destroy Oracle’ [link] Kingsley Joseph | Monday, 02 October 2006 at 9:42 am What do I get, if after the keynote, you do think that that statement was warranted?

Hot Association Jobs This Week – April 19

SocialFish

The ITA, which was founded in 1956, is comprised of nearly 1,700 men’s and women’s varsity coaches representing over 1,200 institutions, administers numerous regional and national championships and the Oracle/ITA College Tennis Rankings for over 20,000 college varsity student-athletes at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board !

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Age of Automation and Nonprofits: Hiv.Gov ChatBot, Bots in Workplace, and More

Beth Kanter

AI at Work Study: Future Workplace, partnered with Oracle to interview 1,320 U.S. Here is a recent roundup of articles, blog posts, and research on the “Age of Automation” and what it means for nonprofits. Special Report: AI for Good: Earlier this month, Allison Fine and I wrote an op-ed for the Chronicle of Philanthropy on the age of automation and it implications for fundraisers. It is part of a special report on AI for Good.

Nonprofits Live: Great Presentations on August 26

Tech Soup Blog

Robinson has over 19 years of information technology and marketing experience including a 13 year tenure at Oracle Corporation in a variety of sales and marketing roles most recently as the vice president of corporate marketing where he led the company's global marketing programs. Nat started with Oracle as a sales consultant in New Zealand where he was born.

How Many Donor Databases Are There?

Robert Weiner

Oracle/PeopleSoft. I thought it might be useful to compile a list of all of the commercial donor databases I’m aware of. This list came from my head, my bookmarks, and lists compiled by NTEN and Idealware for their donor management software surveys (and I’m not certain all of these are actually donor databases). It does not include custom systems, of which there are many. I am not planning to keep this list updated — that sounds like a full-time job.

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First they might have to deal with Oracle from here on, and second because the service is so bad! Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Some problems with salesforce.com today Some problems with salesforce.com today Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2008 10:30 Written by Steve Monday, 11 February 2008 10:30 I’m on an na5 instance that was upgraded over the weekend and about every 5th click gets me this. trust.salesforce.com is down right now as well.

Campus Party H4SB — Hacking for Something Better Coming to US in 2012

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And that’s why it’s critical that all those young geeks have the best, geekiest time that ever they had because happy, fulfilled Campuseros translates into positive brand identification for Movistar, Microsoft, The Mexican government, Ibm, HP, Asus, Nokia, Motorola, Nec, Opera, Noiselab, Volaris, Cisco, Oracle, Zte. Photos by Jamie Stobie and used with permission from the photographer.

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Platforms break open!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

One of my favorite quotes in the Connect documentation is this one: “As long as you can invoke the API over HTTP, your application can be Microsoft, HP, IBM, Novell, Oracle, even Sun-based. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Platforms break open! October 15, 2007 If you are new to this site, you might want to read more , and subscribe to my feed.

Remember Paint by Number? SAP Visual Intelligence: A Visual Treat for Reporting Data

Tech Soup Blog

Start off in SAP Visual Intelligence by pulling data from a broad range of sources: Excel spreadsheets ("personal data sources") as well as many types of databases (for example, Access, Oracle, SAP HANA, BusinessObjects). If a spreadsheet or database has ever made your eyes glaze over or your audience members slip into a haze, you're in for a real treat.

How to Host a Board Meeting Your Board Will Actually Attend

Tech Soup Blog

After graduating from MIT, Wan Lik Lee served as a manager in Oracle Systems Limited and a project team leader in Versant Corporation (formerly Versant Object Technology Corp.) Nonprofit board members share a solid commitment to a common cause. Even with diverse backgrounds and busy schedules, each makes time and puts in effort to steer the organization in achieving its goals. Since action requires coordination, regular meetings are crucial to keep decision makers up to date.

Nonprofits Live: Great Presentations on August 26

Tech Soup Blog

Robinson has over 19 years of information technology and marketing experience including a 13 year tenure at Oracle Corporation in a variety of sales and marketing roles most recently as the vice president of corporate marketing where he led the company's global marketing programs. Nat started with Oracle as a sales consultant in New Zealand where he was born. Join us HERE for Nonprofits Live: Great Presentations at 10am PT on August 26.

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

Tech Soup Blog

Austin, Texas: Oracle | NetSuite For Nonprofits. National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community. Our mighty army of volunteers hosted over 500 free nonprofit technology trainings last year, and we're on track to reach even more organizers this year. You like numbers? Well, the average NetSquared organizer spends 8.2

Three random updates: Bing, iPhones, and Dropbox

Idealware

And Apple is catching it as much as Microsoft, Oracle and other hold-outs of the last decade. On Microsoft’s Bing what’s new in web search: By all accounts, Microsoft has a success with its re-crafted bing search site. I posted something about it mainly to say, competition can re-emerge even in a market as dominated as web search.

Time to find a fundraising solution that can’t be bought

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Allan Benamer says : Obviously, Blackbaud is taking a page out of Oracle’s playbook and applying it to themselves. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Time to find a fundraising solution that can’t be bought August 6, 2007 Blackbaud , which is one of the big gorillas in the CRM/Fundraising space bought a littler guy, eTapestry.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Top 25 List - December 2008

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Oracle Education Foundation. I compiled this list using the same methodology I used for my October 2007 list. Unfortunately, I still can’t compile a list of nonprofits outside the US. Quantcast and compete.com don’t do a good job of checking out international sites so I’m still limited by their inability to go outside US borders. Check out the list after the jump… Site URL. Monthly Traffic (in millions). Change (if available). Organization. Status. wikipedia.org.

A Few Good Accounting Packages

Idealware

If that's the case, you'll need an enterprise package tailored to your specific needs, such as Oracle’s JD Edwards World Financial Management , Microsoft Dynamics AX or Lawson Software. PublishDate: July 2011. Author: Laura S. Quinn. Jay Leslie. Is tax season a time of time of stress, chaos and panic, or a relatively trouble-free period?

MPower Open Now on the Leaderboard! | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Good candidates are: Foxpro, SQL Server, Oracle, mySQL for a backend. I use Oracle, and it is licensed by type and number of CPUs. That is what Oracle is increasingly doing even with its own products like Oracle’s Enterprise Resource Planning suite (ERP). They have it set up and instead of companies setting up the software and infrastructure themselves, they simply pay Oracle for access, and have what appears to be their own private system.

Yahoo! Supports OpenSocial; Yahoo!, MySpace and Google to Form Non-Profit OpenSocial Foundation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.??? Back in November when Open Social was announced, we had a round of discussions in the NpTech space that summarized on my blog. Just saw a press release from Yahoo, Google, and MySpace about OpenSocial Foundation.

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Increasing Social Influence to Drive Fundraising Efforts

NTEN

A seasoned software sales professional, JP came to RightNow from Oracle where he primarily focused on the state and local market. By JP Saint Louis, RightNow. Given the adoption of social media, the opportunity for nonprofits to capitalize on low cost means to improve engagement with members and potential donors is greater than ever before.

Cloud Is Not a Technology Decision

Tech Soup Blog

What hardware, operating system, RAM, DRAM, SAN, UPS, NAS, SSD, IPV6, Ubuntu, Linux, Windows, SQL, MySQL, SAP, Oracle (and any other acronym you wish to come up with that I don't give a twopenny stuff about) do we need? During the month of October, join TechSoup.org and the TechSoup Global Network for our Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign.

Thoughts on the Future of Open Source and Nonprofits

NTEN

This can mean purchasing of open source development companies (Sun MIcrosystems -- now owned by Oracle -- purchased open source database developer MySQL AB in 2008). By Dave Greenberg, CiviCRM Team. Based on my informal assessment of attitudes and interest in the NTEN community about open source software, I think there's a significant and growing number of folks and organizations who are either interested in, already using, or even evangelizing open source solutions.

Mpower Open Now on the Leaderboard

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Good candidates are: Foxpro, SQL Server, Oracle, mySQL for a backend. As you may have guessed, I have seen the demo of Mpower Open and I was very pleased. So pleased, in fact, that it’s now on the Leaderboard. I’ve had to create a new category — Desktop Donor Management System as opposed to an Online Donor Management System which will be populated soon.

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While at Oracle, Benioff was in charge of a philanthropy project to give away $10 million in computer hardware. Benioff left Oracle and started Salesforce.com in the mid 1990′s. If Oracle/Google/Microsoft bought Salesforce.com would the donation program go away?

Blackbaud tries to sell itself off as Software As a Service. using Googles Knol | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

You can choose to sell Model 1 and Model 4, which is what Oracle did. emphasis mine] This may be another Timothy Chou but it’s highly unlikely that an article that talks about Software as a Service and basically namechecks Timothy Chou’s past business relations (he works for Oracle, shilled for Callidus and again, is on Blackbaud’s board) is not going to be written by him.

Free Range: The Art of Story Telling - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

Using several of their own pieces (such as the big hit Store Wars , The Meatrix , Friends with Low Wages , Hybrid vs. Hummer ), the duo reminded everyone about the five key characters in the common myth: Hero Nemesis Mentor Oracle Animal familiar With these elements, a nonprofit can create a story for their issue that will tug at the hearts of potential donors and volunteers.

Free Range: The Art of Story Telling - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

Using several of their own pieces (such as the big hit Store Wars , The Meatrix , Friends with Low Wages , Hybrid vs. Hummer ), the duo reminded everyone about the five key characters in the common myth: Hero Nemesis Mentor Oracle Animal familiar With these elements, a nonprofit can create a story for their issue that will tug at the hearts of potential donors and volunteers.