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Tech Track 3: Earth to Cloud: When, Why and How to Outsource Applications - [171]

Cloud Computing offers a new, compelling paradigm to nonprofits: enjoy the software without managing the servers.  But this opportunity comes with a number of easily identifiable risks.  Join us in a discussion about how to assess and mitigate the risk while taking advantage of the potential ease of maintenance and stability of hosted applications.  What can it do for your operations and budget, and what does it mean for IT?

The Tech Track is a five-session track designed for those of us who install and support the use of technology at nonprofits.  It’s intended as a resource-sharing track for techies, accidental or otherwise, looking to share their success stories and gleam wisdom from others.  Tech track talks will be moderated by NP Techies with sufficient expertise in each area to insure that the conversation is meaningful, but the goal is peer sharing more than presentation, and the ultimate building of a strong community.

Takeaways:

1. Frank discussion of pros and cons of cloud computing

2. Shared evaluations of existing platforms

3. Relationships with peers facing challenges like yours


Session Materials:

Session Slides
Session Recap from Peter Campbell


Session Details:
Track: IT Staff and Consultants
Date & Time: Apr 09, 2010 @ 3:30 PM
Level: Apprentice
Type: Technical
Room: Walnut

Session Speakers:
Peter S Campbell
Legal Services Corporation
Peter Campbell is currently the Chief Information Officer at Legal Services Corporation, America's partner for equal justice. Prior to serving at LSC, Peter spent five years as IT Director at Earthjustice, a non-profit law firm dedicated to defending the earth. and seven years serving as IT Director at Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin Counties, Inc. Peter has been managing technology for non-profits and law firms for over 20 years, and has a broad knowledge of systems, email and the web. In 2003, he won a "Top Technology Innovator" award from InfoWorld for developing a retail reporting system for Goodwill thrift. Peter's focus is on advancing communication, collaboration and efficiency through creative use of the web and other technology platforms. In addition to his work at LSC, Pet maintains a number of personal and non-profit web sites; blogs on NPTech tools and strategies at Idealware and http://techcafeteria.com; is active in the non-profit community as member of NTEN; and spends as much quality time as possible with his wife, Linda, and son, Ethan. Peter can be contacted through his website, at www.techcafeteria.com
Johanna Bates
Johanna Bates Collaborative Consulting
Johanna Bates began her nonprofit tech career in 1999, when she was hired to write marketing copy for the Unitarian Universalist Association's publishing department, and ended up hand-coding their first-ever online book catalog as 500 static pages of HTML. She was next hired to build WGBH.org in a new, custom, open-source CMS. She was then hooked on the nptech web, and she never looked back. Finding she preferred rural life to city life, Johanna left WGBH for western Massachusetts and then spent eight years directing technology and writing related grants for Community Partners, a statewide health care advocacy organization. Today Johanna is an independent nptech strategy consultant, front-end coder, and Drupalist who works with a close-knit, collaborative team of other freelance nptech consultants, many of whom she's met through NTEN. Her team, DevCollaborative, focuses on building Drupal sites for orgs in a strategic, sustainable ways that help them get the most for their often limited funds. She's been an NTEN member for over a decade, served on the NTC agenda steering committee for four years, and co-moderates NTEN's Drupal Community of Practice.
Tracy Kronzak
Cloud for Good
Tracy has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and its related industries, including philanthropy, activism, research, technology management and consulting. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University, and is a Salesforce.com Certified Administrator and Force.com Certified Developer. Tracy has been a frequent presenter on CRM selection/implementation and technology strategy at venues including the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference, Money for Our Movements, the San Francisco Foundation Center and the Nonprofit Boot Camp. Tracy was a CRM implementation consultant for over two years prior to joining Cloud for Good in 2013, participating in or leading Salesforce implementations for clients ranging from small nonprofits to multi-office national and international organizations. Prior to becoming a consultant, she was the Technology Manager at the Applied Research Center (now called Race Forward), a national racial justice think tank and media advocacy organization, where she first laid hands on Salesforce.com in 2010 leading the organization’s implementation. Tracy is a proud member of the NTEN community, and an Advisory Board member of the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference. In her free time, she is a ceramic artist and potter, avid bicyclist, and burgeoning markswoman.
Michelle Murrain
Michelle Murrain, Ph.D. has more than 10 years of experience in web application development using open source tools. She is a nationally recognized leader in the nonprofit technology field, and is on the board of NTEN and Aspiration. She blogs on open source and nonprofit technology at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

*Sessions, session content, schedule and speakers are subject to change at any time before the conference.