After being in business for almost two years, this is the second opportunity I've had to reflect on what we as a company are thankful for around this season of Thanksgiving. Last year, I wrote about a few of our clients, and this time around will be no different. Additionally, I'll touch on a few other points including a new home office, and a wonderful network of people in Chattanooga who like to help each other.
In a blog post I wrote last year about Constituent Relationship Management systems, I listed a several common CRMs that are available for nonprofit organizations. As I wrote, your needs as an organization - and how you need to manage your data - should come first. The technology (whatever software platform you choose to use) should support those needs.
Let's face it. Computer equipment, servers, and network appliances including routers, switches & firewalls are expensive. Replacing them would cost money, not to mention valuable time & energy of your staff or outside contractors that could be used elsewhere. In this blog post, I'm going to briefly talk about surge protectors and properly grounded electrical outlets.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on Technology Infrastructure and Inclement Weather. In this blog post, I'm writing about a similar topic included in the last blog post, the difference between data redundancy and data backups (and why you should have both).
Imagine this scenario with me:
Tonight (April 28, 2014), the Chattanooga TN area (where we are located) will see extremely strong thunderstorms, as well as possible tornadoes that have already done damage to other parts of the United States.
Yesterday, the maintainers of OpenSSL, an Open Source toolkit that helps encrypt communications between a server and its end users, announced a critical security bug in previous versions of the software.
In less than 7 days, Microsoft will quit supporting the Windows XP operating system. This has huge implications for lots of entities, especially for many nonprofit organizations, as it is common for nonprofits to use outdated operating systems in an effort to reduce information technology costs.
We recently had a client who wanted to replace one of their employee's computers. In this process, I asked (and they wisely accepted) if I should destroy the data on the old computer's hard drive after taking a backup of the necessary data to transfer to the new PC.
"I operate under the principle that my computer is owned by at least three governments."