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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.


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
Peter Campbell is a nonprofit technology professional, currently serving as Chief Information Officer at Legal Services Corporation, an independent nonprofit that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants to legal aid programs throughout the United States. Peter blogs and speaks regularly about technology tools and strategies that support the nonprofit community.
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 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
Tracy Kronzak Consulting
Tracy is a CRM implementation strategist, change management, and organizational leadership and technology adoption consultant. She has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and its related industries, including philanthropy, activism, research, technology management, and Salesforce CRM platform consulting. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University, and is a Certified Administrator and Certified Developer. Tracy has been a frequent presenter on CRM selection/implementation and technology strategy at venues including NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), Money for Our Movements, the San Francisco Foundation Center, and the Nonprofit Boot Camp. 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. She is a proud member of the NTEN Community, serving in an advisory capacity to the NTC and Leading Change conferences; in her free time, she is a ceramic artist and potter, avid bicyclist, and burgeoning markswoman.
Michelle Murrain
Nonprofit Open Source Initiative
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.