Presentation – NTEN Nonprofits + The Cloud

 NTENNTEN held a great single day conference in Dallas on November 14th – Nonprofits + the Cloud: Technology in the Stratosphere.  I was fortunate to be asked to preset at the conference and did a presentation titled:  Getting Started in the Nonprofit Cloud.

Normally I would just give you a link to download the slides, but this time you get full video!  NTEN was livestreaming the sessions from the conference and I have posted the YouTube version of my session below. 

Would love to hear what folks think of the presentation and if you are interested in more sessions/info about the Cloud and how we think nonprofits can best utilize it.

Tell us what you think in the comments below.






About Rich Dietz

Rich Dietz has spent his entire career working both in and with a wide variety of nonprofit, political and government organizations as well as technology companies focused on the nonprofit sector including Sage Nonprofit, Convio and KIMBIA. It is this unique background and experience – working directly in nonprofit organizations AND working on the technology side – that allows him to better understand and assist nonprofit organizations with their technology needs. Richard holds a M.S.W. from the University of California – Berkeley as well as a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

2 Responses to “Presentation – NTEN Nonprofits + The Cloud”

  1. Steve Sampson April 23, 2014 4:56 pm #

    Nice preso Rich. Interesting points I think we’ve hit the insane on the cloud hype… Our non-profit focused on just two that need to be offsite and on the internet: stakeholder collaboration and backup. From non-profit perspective the big benefits from cloud come from collaboration portals– communicating and sharing information with project members, board members, staff, etc. This means being able to have folks access and retrieve pertinent documents, cases, etc, without having to call and meet about every little thing. So of course that means it needs to easy and secure. If the collaboration portal isn’t easy, no one will use it and get confused. Consequently admin costs actually go up if it’s complicated. There are a ton of confusing collab portals out there. We tried a lot of them. Our pick here is Centroy. Easy and intuitive… for users. And make sure it’s encrypted and has archiving– showstoppers not be overlooked. Centroy again won there. The other important “cloud” thingy–perhaps more boring– is backup. If a drive failure hasn’t happened to you, it will someday and if you lose data, well…. Two things here to consider: easy to set up and automate. You don’t need to have a tech guy involved. The other thing is reliability and time retrieval. Here you should test them out with free trials. But also google “data loss” and pick the online backup vendor. There are complaints of all of them loosing data, although seems few and far between. We like Crashplan because we can backup the same data to the cloud as well as each other’s PC drives. Kind of double data insurance piece of mind. So far so good for us.

    • Rich Dietz April 30, 2014 11:35 pm #

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and I agree with most of what you said. Its really all about testing and trying out a few solutions and not expecting to solve all of your problems. As you mention, in some ways it can create more work but in the long run it should end up saving time, energy and your sanity (especially on the data back up front 😉


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