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A group for those in nonprofit IT decision-making roles to connect with peers and share best practices.
This Technology Decision Makers group is for nonprofit IT or MIS Directors/Managers as well as CIOs and CTOs to connect with their peers and share best practices. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to: hardware and software management, product reviews, emerging technology, best practices, collaborating effectively with other departments, and management conundrums. Membership is restricted to IT staff at nonprofit organizations.

Meeting: This group typically has a monthly community call on the fourth Wednesday at 1pm PT
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Short link: http://community.nten.org/tech-decision-makers

Subject: 18NTC session topic suggestions

1.  18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 15, 2017 15:29
Hey all,

The 18NTC session selection committee just wrapped up a kickoff meeting and our first assignment is to come up with a list of suggested session topics. Suggested topics will be reviewed and consolidated into a short list to help guide the call for session proposals when that opens up.

Because my assigned category is IT and this group has such a depth of wisdom in that area, I'd like to solicit your topic suggestions to add to this endeavor. Is there anything you'd really like to see presented at the NTC (whether it's something you can present on or you'd like to see covered by someone else)? Please shout it out (metaphorically, like don't actually shout it out because I won't hear you and it might startle your coworkers) and I'll put your suggestions forth to the committee.

The deadline for topic suggestions is June 29th (two weeks from today)

Please identify your top suggestions for session topics in this particular category
Target Audience: Both those that have formal roles around IT within their organization and those who assume the responsibilities but may have different roles

Helpful Reminders (guidelines)
Tool Agnostic Requirement: All NTEN educational content is tool agnostic. This is not to say specific tools can not be shared in a session, just that the focus can not just be on one. So for session this means a suggested session topic should not focus on one specific tool either.

Related Topics: With 110+ overall sessions and 17+ concurrent sessions it is fine to have related topics with a different focus (intro vs advanced, small vs large, etc). So when making your suggestions feel free to imply some of those differences in related topics if that feel appropriate.

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Jason Samuels
IT Operations Manager
American Craft Council
Minneapolis, MN
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2.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 16, 2017 05:30
Currently on my mind...
  1. Machine Learning in real life - Case Studies of organizations making effective use of machine learning for their work.
    1. Tech Impact did a nice webinar recently. 
  2. Blockchain for newbies - Understanding how blockchain works and its potential implications for nonprofits
  3. Blockchain in real life - Case Studies of organizations using blockchain in meaningful capacities
    1. https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/publications/blockchain
  4. VR for nonprofits - Case Studies of nonprofits using VR in meaningful capacities 
    1. Example
  5. Sustainable Cybersecurity - how to maintain reasonable cybersecurity practices on a budget and ongoing
  6. Data Culture - how to help the culture of your organization embrace and leverage data at all levels


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Joshua Peskay
Vice President
RoundTable Technology
joshua@roundtabletechnology.com
www.roundtabletechnology.com
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3.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 21, 2017 08:43
When and what to outsource seems to come up an awful lot.

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Colin Boyle
IT Director
Manatee Community Action Agency
Bradenton, FL
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4.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 16, 2017 10:04

Hi Jason,

One thought is that the recent discussion of o365 vs google could be helpful to many people. I'm not sure if this contradicts the tool agnostic requirement though...

 

Another good topic could be around the differences in budgeting a Saas/hosted solution versus a self-hosted solution. These pricing models are fairly different and people often don't know all the pieces involved and how to compare at the end of the day which one is a better fit for them.

 

Martin

 


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5.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 16, 2017 10:24
Josh, Martin, these are great and have been recorded. Thanks!

Everyone else, keep the ideas coming.

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Jason Samuels
Minneapolis, MN
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6.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 19, 2017 09:43
I definitely want to echo what Joshua said about machine learning.... would love to know what nonprofits are doing with it now and looking to do with it in the not-too-distant future.

I'm also interested in a deeper dive in how associations and nonprofits are leveraging the power of their CRM solutions to accomplish things their organization has never done before.

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Emilio Arocho
Director, Technology and Digital Strategy
Food and Drug Law Institute
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7.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 20, 2017 11:11
Thanks Emilio, your suggestions have been recorded.

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Jason Samuels
Minneapolis, MN
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8.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 23, 2017 14:01
Hi Jason,

Ack! I can't believe it's already time to start thinking about next year's sessions...

We get a lot of questions and requests from our nonprofit clients in these areas:
  1. Peer-to-peer
  2. Marketing Automation
  3. Mobile optimization and strategy
  4. Personal logins for supporters to manage their action and donation history and contact details
  5. Data integrations for multi-country and/or national chapters of organizations
Hope this helps!
Maureen

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Maureen McGregor
Director of Marketing
Engaging Networks
Washington, DC
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9.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 26, 2017 07:06
We're going to be doing an internal training at RoundTable and curious as to how much appeal this might have for the NTC crowd.

PITA PM
(pain-in-the-a** project management)

We'd cover many of the problems that can turn projects into PITAs.

Instead of presentation style, this would be much more interactive, with role-playing and modeling for handling difficult conversations. Among the project management problems we might cover would be...

Scope Creep
Churn
Underbid projects
Stakeholder sandwiches
Neverending projects
Gold Plating

The PITA stakeholder
Overextended resource(s)

Interest level? High/Medium/Low?

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Joshua Peskay
Vice President
RoundTable Technology
joshua@roundtabletechnology.com
www.roundtabletechnology.com
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10.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 26, 2017 07:32

High interest for NTC!

 

Tom Anderson

CEO, IT4Causes

804.241.2555

Thomas.Anderson@IT4Causes.org

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11.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 26, 2017 07:36
Fine band names, every one. I'd pay to see a double bill with "Churn" and "The Stakeholder Sandwiches". ;-)

I'd also attend your webinar. You might add "unaccountable vendors" and "Executives who have no time for Agile"

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Peter Campbell
CIO
Legal Services Corporation
Washington DC
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12.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 27, 2017 04:47
Edited by Joshua Peskay Jun 27, 2017 04:48
Peter,

How about this for a PITA PM topic that might be the best band name (especially one made up of middle-aged project managers):

"Agile Waterfall"

I'll play drums, Peter.

-JP


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Joshua Peskay
Vice President
RoundTable Technology
joshua@roundtabletechnology.com
www.roundtabletechnology.com
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13.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 27, 2017 11:27
A recent Facebook game was “Your Indie rock band name is your favorite fruit plus the last reason you took painkillers.” For some of us, that could also yield interesting topics (depending on how much of a headache certain technology has caused recently).

Apple Mobile Device Management
Bananas Fundraising Software
Etc.


--joshua.




14.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 27, 2017 08:49
​Another vote for PITA PM.

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Grace Barry
Director of Information Technology
Family Service League
Huntington, NY
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15.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 26, 2017 10:47
Thanks Maureen and Josh, your suggestions have been recorded. And for what it's worth Peter, I'm pretty sure that The PITA Stakeholder was Har Mar Superstar's original stage name.

I hope you'll consider proposing sessions along lines when submissions open up next month. As a reminder, what's happening at the moment is collecting topics of interest for NTEN staff to synthesize into a list of suggested topics in the call for session proposals. Your feedback right now is helping shape the recommended topics that we seek sessions on and subsequently help guide session selection.Topic suggestions close this Thursday, so if there are any more don't hold back.

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Jason Samuels
IT Operations Manager
American Craft Council
Minneapolis, MN
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16.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 26, 2017 11:13
Jason,

I'll add a vote for Machine Learning and AI opportunities in general. I have a client exploring ways to utilize it in rebuilding their volunteer website with a better experiential journey. I'd love to learn how nonprofits are using this to create more personalized experiences - digitally or otherwise.

Thanks for asking

Beth


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Beth Brodovsky
President
Iris Creative
Fort Washington, PA
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17.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 27, 2017 16:49
I'd love to see a session on managing the chaos that is normal life in IT. Helping manage both within the department and throughout the organization, what has made the relationship strong with the business (at a detailed level). This should make for a great panel discussion

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Richard Wollenberger
Director, Information Technology & HIPAA Compliance and Security Officer
Parents as Teachers
St. Louis MO
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18.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 28, 2017 12:21
As I scramble this morning to take further steps toward removing the insecure Windows 2003 servers still running on the network I inherited, while juggling a web content meeting and having two hours left in which I need to write summaries of database vendor proposals before the staff committee meeting to vet them (and of course procrastinating on that by replying to forum threads here), I wonder .. what exactly is this chaos of which you speak?

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Jason Samuels
Minneapolis, MN
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19.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 28, 2017 11:22
I gave a presentation to a local (DC) Nonprofit Web conference titled "Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget," describing what we learned by applying user-centered design principles to prepare for the website redesign for our small nonprofit. I included some tips and tricks for people in the position of managing this sort of project, in particular how to work with stakeholders to set priorities and manage expectations.
I'd appreciate the opportunity to present this at 18NTC to a larger audience
https://www.slideshare.net/ohlevine/champagne-tastes-on-a-beer-budget

Thanks,
-Oren

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Oren Levine
International Center For Journalists
Washington, DC
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20.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 28, 2017 12:15
Oren, this sounds great. I hope you submit a proposal for this session!

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Jason Samuels
Minneapolis, MN
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21.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 28, 2017 13:37
Thanks. How do I do that?

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Oren Levine
International Center For Journalists
Washington, DC
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22.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 29, 2017 12:46
Session proposals will open next month   :)

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Jason Samuels
IT Operations Manager
American Craft Council
Minneapolis, MN
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23.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 28, 2017 12:55
I'd definitely love to see any or all of the PITA PM topics! I'd second VR (in the middle of our first attempt) and building a data culture.

I'd also suggest:
1) Building effective reports & metrics that can truly inform business decisions. Audience: managers, exec, analysts, etc.
2) Building personas: Intro to with focus on how to collect, store, and act on psychographic, demographic, etc. data. Audience: managers, exec, analysts, marketing, etc.
3) Accidental techie: road-map for success/where to start when you've been given the keys to the car and don't know how to drive. Audience: new tech managers/execs.
4) Communicating success: Without this, great teams can be lost or downsized if management and staff do not understand the preventative work that goes into indecent free operations. Audience: managers, exec.
5) When considering CRM integrations, how to decide when to integrate other applications vs. replace/build within platform.

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Stacey Monty
Director of Field Research Expeditions, Head of U.S. IT
Earthwatch Institute
Boston, MA
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24.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 29, 2017 07:40

I'd like to second Stacey's suggestion: "Communicating success: Without this, great teams can be lost or downsized if management and staff do not understand the preventative work that goes into indecent free operations. Audience: managers, exec"

 

I struggle not to be "that guy" at organization-wide meetings, banging his department's drum every month.(we have about 120 ppl total, and still manage to put them all in one space for once-monthly briefings).

Would love to know what else I can consider.......

 

Joseph Robinson

Associate Director, Technology Services

PHS Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

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Philadelphia, PA 19103-1495

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25.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 28, 2017 13:25
Over the past few years, I've noticed that over 50% of attendees seem to identify themselves as first-timers. I'm not sure if this applies to the IT folks in the crowd, but if it does, maybe returning to some previous topics may be of some value:

1)  BYOD
2)  Accidental Techie
3)  IT Budgetting / IT Policies

for me, my areas of interest:

1) PITA PM
2) Preparing for a Mobile Workforce
3) In House or Out Source -  Good, Bad, and The Ugly


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Graham Reid
Manager - Information Technology
Catholic Charities Society
Edmonton, AB
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26.  RE: 18NTC session topic suggestions

Posted Jun 29, 2017 10:40
In the past, sessions I've done on CRM selection, explaining how CRMs and related tools fit together, and talking about people, process and CRM have all proven very popular. With the market continuing to welcome new entrants, even as entrenched players continue to innovate, this topic seems like interest in it will be evergreen.

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Isaac Shalev
http://www.sage70.com
Stamford CT
@Sage70
isaac@sage70.com
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