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According to research firm IDC, every 20 - 25 years the information and communication technology (ICT) industry shifts to a new technology platform for growth and innovation. IDC believes that the latest shift will be built on mobile devices and apps, cloud services, mobile broadband networks, big data analytics and social technologies. If there ever was a time to plan your use of technology and align it to your nonprofit's organisational goals, that time is now. Happy planning.
Technical people or "techies" are renowned for using language that nobody understands other than technical people. Given that most nonprofits don't have professional IT staff and your organisation's tech planning might be up to you, the non-techie, it's helpful to understand commonly used "tech terms". Then you can speak with authority when you discuss your tech plan with your colleagues, management, and board.
Glossary of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Terms
Tips and Tools for Technology Planning
Your Nonprofit Needs a Technology Plan
50 NGOs to Benefit form Technology Initiative
Assessing a Move to the Cloud
The technology solutions available in the market span different devices, are on premises or in the cloud. You might feel that moving to the cloud is the right thing for your nonprofit, but you're not sure what to consider before making the move. Planning a move is a big change, so educate yourself on what to consider before moving to the cloud and some of the solutions available to you.
Nonprofits & Cloud Computing: A Guide to Navigating the Nonprofit Cloud
Cloud Computing for Nonprofits: What’s Microsoft Got?
TechSoup Global NGO Cloud Survey: What We Found Out and What to Do About It Part Two
Free Webinar on Cloud Computing
Don't Forget the Basics…
The tech industry moves quickly and we're constantly reading about new software solutions, cool apps and sleek hardware. Sometimes it's easy to forget the basics. When was the last time you backed up your data? And is your data protected?
How to Backup Files and Recover Data
Backup and Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
5 Steps to Prevent Data Loss When Disaster Hits
Protect Your PC
Software Donations and Free Web-based Tools
Microsoft Donations through the TechSoup Program – Find your Country’s Program
Do More with Free Programs for Windows
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NGO Connection Days
Get together with nonprofits to learn about the latest andgreatest technology for the sector.
April 9th, 2013Beijing, ChinaApril 23rd, 2013Tai-chung, TaiwanMay 23rd,2013Kaohsiung, TaiwanJune 3rd, 2013Taipei, TaiwanMay 15th 2013Jakarta, IndonesiaMay 29th 2013Hanoi, Viet Nam
Topic: SharePointApril 30th, 201312:00 PM - 1:15 PM SGTRegister for the SharePoint webinar now!Topic: What Nonprofit Executive Staff Need to Understand About Social MediaMay 2nd, 20139:00 AM - 10:30 AM SGTRegister for the Social Media webinar for Executive Staff nowTopic: Cloud ComputingMay 29th, 201312:00 PM - 1:15 PM SGTRegister for the Cloud Computing webinar now!
In honour of International Women's Day, observed globally on 8 March, we dedicate this issue to women, showcasing tech solutions and programs that have impacted women's lives. From nonprofits that promote telework to entrepreneurship, maternal and newborn health to women's safety, we recognise the incredible organisations and people who have embraced technology to improve the lives of women, their children and the broader community.
Teleworking - the ability to do your work remotely through the use of technology - is gaining popularity and is proving to increase productivity, enabling more flexible work scenarios for many women. As nonprofits adopt this model of working, technology plays a critical role in enabling female staff members and those they serve.
Telework Reinforces the Importance of Digital Inclusion
Infoxchange Australia Showcases Technology as an Enabler of Telework
Entrepreneurs & Micro-entrepreneurs
Micro-entrepreneurs are people who run a small business, often with only a handful of employees and very low initial capital costs. This type of business is ideal for women entrepreneurs in lower socio-economic brackets around the world because of the low barriers to entry and minimal capital investment. Read about the clever use of technology by nonprofits that enable female micro-entrepreneurs.
D.Net’s Info Ladies & Skype
Microsoft Taiwan Empowering Women
Kenan Institute Asia’s Employability and Entrepreneurship Programme
Maternal & Newborn Health
According to the Lancet medical journal, every year, more than 500,000 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and many more are permanently disabled. However, good work is being done to support women in poor communities during childbirth and the postnatal period when the majority of these deaths occur.
Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health
Save the Children & Cloud Services
Keeping Women Safe
Nonprofits are making strides in protecting women and keeping them safe from physical, economic and environmental harm. We showcase the work of some nonprofits that work tirelessly to better the lives of the women they serve and how technology is used to help achieve that goal.
Christchurch Women’s Refuge & Office 365
PACT Cambodia Building Security Through Computing
Empowering Women to Foster Rebuilding Activities after Disasters
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NGO Connection DaysGet together with nonprofits to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector.
25 March 2013 Singapore 24 April 2013 Jakarta, Indonesia May 2013 Nanjing, China May 2013 Hanoi, Viet Nam Webinar Series
Topic: Office 2013 21 March 2013 12:00 pm SGT Register for the Office 2013 webinar now!
Each month we select topics for our Tech4Good e-newsletter that are as timely and relevant as possible for you as a nonprofit, and include articles that showcase technology solutions that are relevant to the sector. Over the past three months, Microsoft has gone through the biggest series of product launches in our history, including Windows 8 & the new Office 2013. We dedicate this newsletter to telling you more about them and how you can get your hands on them through our donation and charity pricing programmes. We'd also like to wish many of our friends a very happy Chinese New Year!
Meet Windows 8
At the end of October 2012, we launched Windows 8, which has now been downloaded millions of times. We think it's fantastic! You will need to consider when the timing is right to upgrade for your organisation. These articles, reviews and examples will help you make an informed decision.
Microsoft Introduction Meet Windows 8
Nonprofits Pioneering Windows 8
What’s New in Windows 8
Should you Upgrade to Windows 8
Training for Windows 8
Once you purchase a product or receive it by way of a donation, you must invest in training. There's no point in buying a car if you don't know how to drive it, right? Don't make the mistake of assuming staff and volunteers intuitively know how to use new products. There are a number of online training courses available, plus we'll be teaming up with Connecting UP Australia to bring you a webinar series from February - June 2013 with Windows 8 being one of the many webinar topics presented (see the sidebar for contact information).
Windows 8 Demo for Nonprofits
How to Upgrade to Windows 8
Tips & Tricks on Windows 8
Windows 8 Donations: Find your Local TechSoup Donation Programme
The New Microsoft Office
Let your inner geek out by exploring the new features in Office 2013. We bet you'll actually say "wow!" when you explore 'flash fill' in Excel 2013, and the PDF editing and embedded video-watching features in Word 2013.
What’s New in Office 2013
Review: The New Microsoft Office
Office 2013 Donations: Find your Local TechSoup Donation Programme
Training for Office 2013
Whether you invest in classroom training or explore the online training resources that are available, taking the time to train on new products always pays off.
Online Office 2013 Training
Video Demo of Office 2013
Get together with nonprofits to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector.
January & February 2013Multiple cities around Sri Lanka25 March 2013SingaporeApril 2013Jakarta, IndonesiaMarch 2013China (city to be confirmed)May 2013Hanoi, Viet Nam
Topic: Introduction to Windows 827 February 201312:00 – 1:15pm SGTRegister for the Windows 8 webinar now!
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