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 formalizes strategic IT planning process

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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.

Now TNB is taking that thinking further — from, “planning avoids expensive damage control”, to helping our clients proactively see IT as a way to drive forward the hopes and dreams of their organizations with better outcomes and more efficiency.

To help clients kick-start the planning process, TNB now offers:

  • A team of dedicated Strategic IT Consultants to help you envision how Information Technology can help increase productivity, cut operating costs, innovate and scale.
  • A Strategic IT Planning Toolkit to help you connect the dots between your organization’s strategic initiatives and your plans for IT.

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 budgeting process.

Please call us to kick-start your IT planning process!