Making Technology Work for Today's Nonprofits

Technology is a dizzying and scary topic. There are so many 'latest and greatest' options out there and many of them are too expensive, or too complex (or both) for any nonprofit, small or large. There just isn't enough time or money to do the background research, stay on top of the trends, purchase the upgrades, train staff or volunteers, and so on.

Many of us are unaware of what technology could actually offer our organizations. Meaning, we aren’t able to see the potential for technology to fill in gaps in a way that increases our individual productivity and capacity. What are those manual processes we spend so much time on that could possibly be completed by technology and free us up to put more focus in other places? 

How can we make technology work for our organizations with minimal financial and human resources? The answer is by making sure that you have the right tools to do the right things, and deployed in the right way for the right price. But how do we align all of those planets?

This workshop will walk you through a framework to evaluate the value technology can provide, balanced against the risks that it can introduce for your organization. 

After completing this workshop, you will:

  • Know where to put your money based on an understanding of where technology adds value and furthers your organization's mission
  • Make more informed decisions by using a repeatable framework for evaluating the value and risk of your nonprofit tech solutions
  • Know how to assess the risk of technology implementation, and how to choose the right model at the right price to offset many of those risks
  • Walk away with a workbook that includes all the presentation materials as well as the repeatable exercises that we walk through in the session.  

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Anyone concerned, interested or active in decision making and/or executing technology needs for nonprofits, charities and social enterprises, including Board members, executive directors, volunteers, technology staff

LEVEL: Beginner

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT INFORMATION:
Are you a nonprofit member organization with an operating budget of under $100,000? You may be able to save an additional 50% off the registration fee. 
Learn if you are eligible for the NONPROFIT MEMBER DISCOUNT RATE.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Fred Chagnon

Fred has been working in IT for over twenty years, the majority of which has been spent working with large installation data center technology. His knowledge of IT infrastructure and cloud computing is as broad as it is deep. 

Most recently Fred has served as an industry analyst and adviser, providing IT decision makers with insight on their key initiatives, both remotely as well as through on-site engagements. 

Recognizing there are unique challenges with the non-commercial nature within which nonprofits and government IT run, Fred has always been keen to work with these teams. He has lead onsite engagements with several state, county and city governments over developing cloud strategies and building roadmaps for infrastructure modernization. He recently spoke at the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA) Ontario conference, a municipal IT conference, on the topic of how to engage non-IT stakeholders into discussions on moving applications to the cloud.

https://www.cymplify.it

Scott Young

Scott's twenty-five years in IT has been split almost equally between large network service providers and IT services firms. His technical expertise in networking, infrastructure and cloud computing, is unparalleled.

In spite of this depth, it has been his time both as a key account director in IT services, as well as a consulting and advisory lead for an IT research firm, that has provided him with a wealth of experience in working with IT leaders. 

Scott has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the leaders and practitioners of Canadian and American government IT, at the federal, provincial/state, and municipal level alike. With these organizations he's consulted on network architecture, disaster recovery builds, service desk optimizations and large-scale business transformation initiatives.

Thank you to our 2020 Professional Development Sponsors:

Western Continuing Studies and Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions

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