As software nerds, we sometimes forget that not all organizations are driven
by sales. Your average CRM, project management, or CMS tool is loaded with
terms like “leads,” “customers,” and “sales funnel” — not
exactly helpful language for the ~1.5 million nonprofits operating in the
Convio CMS – our first “F”!
Unfortunately for nonprofits, great cloud-based software systems that
“get” nonprofit workflows are hard to find. Blackbaud dominates the
sector, and frankly their offerings are pretty poor. These include Convio
Luminate, a CMS system that’s designed for nonprofits, but that’s grossly
behind the times. We’re giving it 29 points out of 100, which on our
scale makes Convio our first ever “F” — poor usability, archaic
functionality, and significant security concerns make this a solution best
avoided. Read on for our full review.
Convio CMS Func... (more)
We all like to treat ourselves during the holidays. Turkey and bacon
sandwiches, piles of stuffing dripping with butter, pie after pie… it’s a
Still, it’s easy to forget where you spend most of your time—at work, in
front of the computer, struggling with software (or enjoying it, if you’re
Check out the gift ideas below for cheap, effective ways to make business
better—and bring a little Christmas cheer to the workplace.
1. Your files anytime, anywhere. Cloud storage systems like Dropbox or Box
make storing files super easy. If you struggle with keeping files ... (more)
Business software is changing. The huge, on-premise, all-in-one systems of
yesteryear are giving way to smaller, sexier, cloud-based systems (well,
maybe not sexy). As the Solve360 and Xero integration shows, the best way
forward for small business owners requires choosing the right systems—and
making sure they integrate well.
The old approach—go big or go home
Business software has come a long, long way. Image courtesy of Siyelo.
In the nineties, small businesses had two options: spend obscene amounts of
money on all-in-one software systems (here’s looking at you Sage…) or
It’s not uncommon for small businesses to depend on a medley of
cobbled-together solutions to keep track of their sales, relationships, and
metrics. In our line of work, we frequently hear stories about teams using
Excel spreadsheets to record data, Outlook to communicate with and organize
prospects, and Post-It Notes to manage a project.
These solutions are typically loosely organized and often depend on
improvised metrics that emerge based on discoveries made during the team’s
daily operations. It’s completely understandable – the team encounters a
need to impose some sort of... (more)
The public has their head in the clouds…
Everyone in the IT industry knows how amazing cloud computing is – it can
cut overheads, introduce flexibility and make previously unobtainable
services affordable for even the smallest of businesses. But with 60 per
cent of the American public claiming to have no clue at all about cloud
services, it seems that the sector’s enthusiasm is yet to turn into
It’s tempting to dismiss such findings out of hand – after all does it
really matter if people don’t know how iTunes, Gmail and other products
work as long as they ... (more)