It's time to think about budgeting for technology - and you need to start somewhere. I checked in with our Director of Technical Services, Linda Widdop, to get her insight to identify the top things to think about when budgeting for technology. Linda's advice is backed up by over a decade of working with nonprofits and technology and she recommends you include in your technology budget:
Late last year, the folks at Microsoft began a new initiative aimed at providing the world’s young people with greater opportunities for jobs and education.
To do so, the software giant began the YouthSpark program, which intends to create opportunities for 300 million of the world’s young people in the next three years. In a recent post from Microsoft, they discuss the goals of the program and the lessons that those involved have learned throughout the process.
There is an “opportunity gap” for the world’s youth, according to the post, and Microsoft intends to use its titanic resources to help close it. For many young people, especially in urban areas or developing nations, there just is not enough work or affordable education.
With YouthSpark, Microsoft is trying to help. Check out their post to learn more about how.
These days it’s getting routine for organizations and companies to store sensitive data on third party servers, or the cloud. Despite the widespread use of such services many organizations simply trust that the third party is securing information properly, instead of using technology to be certain.
According to a recent post from Technology Review, researchers from Microsoft and IBM have been working together to develop technology that allows organizations to be sure their data is secure and not tampered with.
The researchers developed software called Pinocchio, which they say acts as a form of data “lie detector” that checks to make sure cloud services use data appropriately. The software uses advanced verification systems to confirm that third party cloud service providers are doing the work they say they are, protecting the organizations that trust those service providers.
It’s all a bit technical, but the project could lead to big changes in cloud security. Check out Technology Review’s post to learn more.
These days, all nonprofits need software, but not every organization is aware that there are programs available that provide software, training, and monetary grants.
Microsoft wants to spread the message that many nonprofits are eligible for this sort of aid. It doesn't matter if you’re a small community organization or a large global nonprofit, Microsoft wants to be there to help.
The software giant currently provides software donations to more than 60,000 organizations every year, and they want to do more. Check out their recent post to learn if your organization is eligible for support from Microsoft.