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Cloud

What the heck is a cloud anyway? Everyone is talking about the cloud!  We’ll just move our servers to the cloud. Why don’t we store it in the cloud? Which cloud are you using? In plain English… a cloud is a place to store data or software on the...
Salesforce buys Slack – so what for NFPs?

Salesforce buys Slack – so what for NFPs?

Salesforce buys Slack. So, what does this mean for Not for Profits? Increasingly, more and more mid to large size organisations are adopting Salesforce as their CRM.  However, there is still a heavy reliance on third-party applications such as Microsoft Outlook and...
Why the RFT process often fails Not for Profits

Why the RFT process often fails Not for Profits

I started my career as a contracting officer for the US Air Force where I wrote and evaluated Request for Tenders (RFTs) for a living. I did this again later in my career as a consultant in the IT industry – helping clients purchase systems and outsource...
Why Not for Profits should be in the cloud

Why Not for Profits should be in the cloud

The use of public storage clouds like Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services to host organisational data is not new. Neither is the use of Software as a Service (SAAS) such as Salesforce or Xero. Nevertheless, I still hear about organisations trying to replace old...
Dell firmware vulnerability alert

Dell firmware vulnerability alert

Late last week, there was a Dell firmware vulnerability reported on their devices. Specifically, four identified vulnerabilities allow attackers to fully take over devices because of a buggy update process. While this is a Dell issue today, the reality is that any...