Yesterday I went along to CiviCon to see what the current state of play is with CiviCRM and was very impressed.
I've been tracking CiviCRM for a couple of years and wanted to assess CiviCRM against the criteria I use for assessing the readiness of open source software.
Where are the savings that IT can make for non-for-profit organisations?
This question has been prompted firstly by the recent Government Charity Report and secondly by a meeting we had recently with a consultant on behalf of a cross-sector organisation promoting the UK's digitally capability (which quotes NCVO identifying ICT as the biggest skill-gap in the charity sector).
Congratulations to the YHA, which has recently been recently been awarded a WebAward by the Web Marketing Association. The implementation of the site is the final piece of a significant business change programme aimed at providing better service to customers.
Windows Server 2012 has now been released after extensive beta testing. It's the biggest update/re-write of Windows Server in ten years, with many new features and also many improvements. The biggest areas of impact are likely to be on virtualisation, support for the Cloud and an improved approach to administration.
Yesterday's Government report "Making it easier to set up and run a charity …" makes a number of interesting points and recommendations, including easing VAT rules and reducing red tape (i.e. reducing the number of CRB checks needed). Included in the report are a couple of significant IT issues faced by charities - access to IT expertise and sharing resources.
The technological legacy of the Olympics games looks like it will be social media and mobile internet access, particularly for mobile video. Following on from my post a couple of weeks back about the semantic technology behind the BBC Olympics, this post looks at the key tech trends to have come out of the Olympics.
In my recent post regarding Agile Planning, I made the comment that “change management and reporting should be at a strategic level”, which was subsequently challenged in a reader’s comment “[I don’t think this statement] is valid in an Agile context”. I believe the statement to be valid (I made it) and I’ll explain why.
The BBC Olympics website is based on semantic web / web 3.0 technology as is increasing proportion of the overall BBC website.
This gives the BBC considerable advantages in their editorial and publishing processes
Yesterday I had a discussion regarding Agile contracts with an analyst from a leading business and technology research organisation. The discussion quickly turned to the well-worn topic of how to provide the types of “guarantees” and “confidence” offered by a fixed price contract in an Agile world.