Tech Networks to co-host Pro Bono tech consulting event Nov 3

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On November 3rd, 2014, Tech Networks of Boston, Annkissam and 501Partners will host an evening of pro bono technology consultations in a sales-pitch-free setting at the Cambridge Innovation Center. We would like to invite employees of local nonprofit organizations to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain assistance that is free of charge and has no strings attached.

A team of twenty nonprofit technology mavens have volunteered their services for the evening; nonprofit professionals will be able to receive one-to-one consultations on a variety of topics.  TNB is contributing the services of three key TNB employees this evening.

Kim Diorio, Data Analyst at TNB, specializes in designing/using/managing databases, designing/using/managing SharePoint sites and other online environments used for collecting and presenting data.

  • Cross-platform data integrations
  • Database design
  • Database development
  • Database implementation
  • Data-driven web applications
  • Strategic database planning
  • Systems integration
  • Usability / user experience

Kalman Gacs, Web Designer at TNB, helps clients articulate their goals and form a strategy for their branding website and other marketing materials to help meet those goals. He makes sure there is efficient implementation and that clean intuitive interfaces are built.

  • Web design / visual design
  • Usability / user experience
  • Web sites
  • Social media

Yves Denhel, Product Manager at TNB, will be offering pro bono consultations in these areas of expertise:

  • Identifying free and low cost technology resources
  • Hands on tech support
  • Laptop computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Internet access
  • Project management / project implementation
  • Systems integration
  • Software selection
  • Security / privacy

If you are interested, please register using this link. We hope to see you there!

Tuan Pham to serve on Microsoft SMB Partner Advisory Council

Tuan Pham, Strategic Solutions Engineer at Tech Networks presented as a SMB Cloud Champion expert at the SMB Nation 2014 Fall Conference in Redmond, Washington this past September. His impressive list of certifications and knowledge of MS cloud solutions have earned him an invitation to join the SMB Partner Advisory Council.

Participation in this council will give companies like Tech Networks of Boston a chance to work closely with Microsoft, helping them understand what small and medium businesses want and need from technology.

The partners in this Council will be first in line for new product and service offerings and will work with Microsoft engineering teams to discuss feedback.

 

TNB to host workshop on collaborative IT for small budgets

Tech Networks of Boston will be hosting a workshop on collaborative IT for small budgets at the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Annual Conference on October 29 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.

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Susan Labandibar, President of Tech Networks, David Gleason, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at TNB and Tom McLaughlin, principal at McLaughlin and Associates will be introducing Collaborative IT and how it applies as a new model of technology management.

The goal of this workshop is to introduce and apply Collaborative IT as a new model of technology management.  Information technology is widely accepted as an integral part of contemporary management, but nonprofit organizations often see IT as a two-way back office function serving the staff, who then serve the clients, constituents, and other stakeholders.  For organizations with large budgets, this model can work well.  But small to medium sized nonprofits need a more economical model, which can often be handled by making day-to-day changes in the way certain aspects of Information Technology are managed.  This workshop will demonstrate how Collaborative IT can improve technology cost efficiency for all types of nonprofits.  It will help organizations develop cross-functional, inter-organizational collaborations that will use IT as a component of new programs and as a resource for outcomes measurement and performance management.

The MNN Conference is one of the largest gatherings of nonprofit professionals in the state and will present participants with the information, skills and tools they need to bring new tactics and energy to their organization.

Registration closes October 22 and we encourage you to join and spread the word!

Tech Networks of Boston introduces Strategic IT planning

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Tech Networks of Boston has always been an advocate of planning ahead. “A stitch in time saves nine,” may be your grandmother’s cliché but has long been a mantra of TNB.

We are now taking that thinking further, from “planning avoids expensive damage control,” to helping our clients see IT as a driver of better outcomes and efficiency.

To help this more proactive and forward-thinking approach, we have most recently showcased Strategic IT Planning. This service includes experienced senior TNB staff members, who will work with our clients to envision how Information Technology can help increase efficiency, cut operating costs and even innovate and scale!

We have always worked strategically with our clients to anticipate how technology change impacts their organizations and user communities and this new position will help us laser focus on this long-term thinking. Strategic IT Consultants use a structured, collaborative approach to engage at all levels of an organization and existing technology partners to establish a benchmark from which improvement can be measured.

TNB’s Strategic IT planning services will enable our clients to adopt a proactive approach to technology investment and to better align technology requirements with our clients’ goals and missions, and improve your budgeting process.

Please call us to start a strategic assessment.

Susan and CALC participate in the NYC “People’s Climate March”

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From left to right: Susan Labandibar of Tech Networks of Boston, Laury Hammel of the Longfellow Clubs, Bob Master of Commonwealth Care Alliance

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Susan Labandibar of Tech Networks of Boston and the Climate Action Liaison Coalition (CALC) were in New York City this past weekend for the “People’s Climate March”. They were among 400,000 people marching and calling for action against climate change. Early reports suggest this was the largest climate march in history!

This was a precursor to very important decision-making on Tuesday at the 2014 UN Climate Summit. The UN is meeting to come up with a plan for a new global climate treaty that would be signed at the end of next year. 140 world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are expected to discuss ways to tackle the growing threat of carbon pollution. CALC’s Executive Director Quinton Zondervan and Program Director Michael Green will also be in attendance.

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This is a timely matter as a report was released yesterday showing greenhouse gas emissions were up last year, proving we are not doing enough to stop climate change.

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Tech Networks of Boston selected for 2014 Boston Award

Tech Networks of Boston is honored to have been selected for the 2014 Boston Award in the IT Services & Computer Repair Services category by the Boston Award Program.

The Boston Award Program identifies companies who have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Boston area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Boston Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Boston Award Program and data provided by third parties.

The Boston Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Boston area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

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Mobile Broadband Internet for Nonprofit Organizations

Tech Networks of Boston is happy to offer its non-profit clients mobile broadband Internet access for just $10 a month through its partnership with Mobile Beacon and TechSoup.

Mobile Beacon, a nationwide leader in providing low-cost, 4G mobile broadband service is now part of TechSoup’s Product Donation Program. TechSoup is a nonprofit organization that provides other nonprofits and libraries with the technology, learning resources and services they need to help fulfill their mission.

All TechSoup products and services are provided for a small administrative fee. The company offers more than 400 technology products, provided by more than 45 donor partners. Mobile Beacon becomes the first mobile broadband service provider to join the TechSoup donation program.

“Connectivity is a baseline requirement for nonprofits today – it’s how they connect with their communities, supporters and funders, and how they show their face to the world they serve. We are absolutely thrilled to have Mobile Beacon as the first connectivity solution on the TechSoup platform,” said Roger Abraham, vice president of Product Programs at TechSoup Global.

Through this partnership, Mobile Beacon is donating one 4G modem, USB modem or mobile hotspot for a nonprofit organization to connect to Mobile Beacon’s 4G service. Although 4G service is not included, it is available for purchase at a heavily discounted rate of $10/month for an unlimited 4G data plan.

The purpose behind the partnership is to help make affordable, next-generation mobile broadband service available to community anchor institutions, who in turn, can better serve their constituents. Mobile Beacon’s offering is meant to benefit nonprofit organizations, schools, and public libraries that lack traditional Internet access or have slow access or bandwidth constraints, and help them get connected both in the office and remotely.

“Broadband adoption is a critical national priority, and yet the research on this topic consistently shows that one of the major barriers to adoption is cost,” said Katherine Messier, managing director of Mobile Beacon. “Addressing that problem has always been the heart of Mobile Beacon’s mission. Now, through our partnership with TechSoup, we can make our low-cost 4G service available to a greater number of nonprofits,” she added.

Examples of how Mobile Beacon’s broadband service can benefit nonprofits and communities:

• Staff or volunteers can reach their databases remotely while conducting outreach in the community.

• Libraries can enhance digital literacy programs by creating webinars and loaner programs to provide remote access to disadvantaged patrons without internet access at home or persons with disabilities who cannot attend in-house training .

• Healthcare workers can access mobile electronic health records, and social service workers can submit caseworker reports securely.

• Schools can extend access beyond classroom walls to students without technology resources at home.

• Volunteer groups can take advantage of video and other web-based training tools for more cost-effective training and recruitment.

Interested 501(c)(3) nonprofits, schools, and public libraries may contact Tech Networks of Boston to find out if they are eligible for this program. You can also read more about this promotion here.

Techie Tips: How to free up space on an iPhone or iPad

With the plethora of business applications available for mobile devices, iPhones and iPads have become indispensable tools for busy professionals. A problem we all seem to run into is that these applications, along with the eBooks, music files, and photos take up a huge amount of space on the devices.

iPads and iPhones don’t have file systems you can see, but there are still apps and files eating up space. You are able to see what’s consuming that limited space and free it up.
Each bit of data on your device is associated with an app. For example, downloaded Kindle eBooks are tied to the Kindle app. Music files are part of the Music app, videos are part of the Videos app, and photos are part of the Photos app.

 

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Here are 5 ways to free up your data:

1. View Per-App storage usage
2. Delete Apps
3. Clear an Apps Documents
and Data
4. Delete Music, Videos, Photos
and Other Media Files
5. Erase browsing data

Use these tips to free up space and allow full functionality of your device!

How does your business lead the way in sustainability?

Did you know a lot of your company’s carbon footprint is from traveling to work? Many companies are transforming their business models to embrace energy efficiency or resource management.

Tech Networks of Boston has an electric vehicle, the Mercedes Smart available for company use. We also offer employees an MBTA program in which we reimburse half of their MBTA pass. These perks save our company travel expenses going to and from client sites, and are great incentives for employees to stick to using public transportation.

At TNB we are investing in clean energy through renewable offsets, cutting down on our waste stream, and purchasing new lighting technologies to make our building more energy efficient.

What are your favorite ways to increase your organization’s sustainability? Send your stories to marketing@techboston.com or comment here!

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The Help Desk is now our Client Services Team

We have upgraded our Help Desk Services to better suit your needs. Our former Help Desk Team is now called the Client Services Team and they are geared up to help you right away. Client Services is prepared to help you with any and all requests on the spot – no need to leave a message or wait for your request to be delegated. It’s part of our commitment to constantly innovate to bring you the highest-quality service possible.The Client Services team is fully included for all of our valued clients. Upon submitting a help desk request, you will receive a notice confirming we are aware of your issue, and our system will generate updates as we solve your problem. Our techs Stephen, Justin, Evan, Colin, Nasir, Tarique and Mike look forward to assisting your needs with friendly and efficient service.