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In the second of our series on Cloud Document Management migration projects, we tackle setting expectations and recruiting executive champions. After you have defined your business case will you also need to define the appropriate project scope: requirements, schedule, cost, system design, success criteria and deliverables. These are the foundations for a successful cloud deployment project.
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It’s important that an organization’s leadership is aware of the limitations and fully supports a move to Dropbox with understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. But with those conditions in place, we are comfortable deploying Dropbox and include it in our list of cloud file sharing services we can recommend.
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A few resources on Dropbox – the original, Dropbox for Business, and the apps for iOs and Android - in preparation for Steve Longenecker’s free webinar later this month. Dropbox is among the simplest and most elegant cloud storage and file-syncing services. It gives you access to your files from nearly anywhere. You can install Dropbox on virtually any computer or mobile device you own, and dozens of other apps support integration with Dropbox, too. Dropbox is an excellent choice for online storage.
A few resources on Dropbox - the original, Dropbox for Business, and the apps for iOs and Android - in preparation for Steve Longenecker's free webinar "Is Dropbox Your Next File Server?"
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For our last free webinar of 2016 please join us for an in-depth and hands-on look at the pros and cons of using Dropbox as a cloud-based replacement for your file server. Community IT Innovators Director of IT Consulting Steve Longenecker will share the many caveats and lessons learned gained through his experience of helping dozens of nonprofits implement Dropbox as a primary file sharing solution.This webinar will primarily be an exploration of Dropbox - it will be appropriate for nonprofit executives, managers and nonprofit IT personnel – and will be given in plain English.
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Third in a series of posts on migration and implementation of cloud document management, focused on usability. A cloud based solution might address every single need presented in the business case, but still fail due to poor usability. The tool or interface may not be a good match to the work culture of your users, may be over complicated, or not robust enough, may have a steep learning curve, or may allow users to bypass it entirely without penalty.
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Over the past 5 years, nearly every Community IT infrastructure project has included some cloud document management component. As we have helped clients plan and migrate their platform for managing documents to the cloud, several trends have started to emerge.

In this new series of posts we’re going to cover different aspects of a migration project and how to be successful. As you think more seriously about migrating to a cloud based document management solution please consider our tested and proven methodology:

Outline your requirements to build your business case – tips found in this post
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If you missed our Dropbox webinar in November you can catch the slides and recording here.

In this webinar we answer some of the questions we get frequently about moving to the cloud, especially regarding the myriad of available platforms, by focusing on one product: Dropbox. What are the advantages? How do you know what you need and whether Dropbox will be a good fit with your organization needs and culture? 
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For our last webinar of 2016 please join Director of IT Consulting Steve Longenecker, who will share the many caveats and lessons learned gained through his experience of helping dozens of nonprofits implement Dropbox as a primary file sharing solution.
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Community IT Innovators just covered the topic of assessing your IT risk in a recent webinar. A cyber attack on the Internet infrastructure company Dyn on October 21 hindered internet browsing for hours. The as-yet unidentified attackers were helped by ... Internet of Things devices, including enterprise webcams and DVRs, that were quietly conscripted into a botnet to launch the denial-of-service attack.” This update from WIRED on the attack on Dyn includes an interesting analysis of the ability of companies to monitor attacks and quarantine devices that have been compromised.
Two articles from WIRED clearly explain the IoT and security. "Despite what you may have heard, your webcam and DVR and baby monitor and smart refrigerator almost certainly aren’t complicit in last Friday’s collapse. You’re not an accessory to botnet. At least, not this time"
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If you missed this week’s webinar on Identifying IT Risks, you can check out the slides and recording here. Not only is your technology infrastructure constantly changing, so are the threats to your technology health. Whether from malicious attacks, natural disaster, compliance issues, staff training, an office move, or any other vulnerability – the trick outlined in this webinar is to put practices in place to alert you of changes or issues so that you can mobilize what is needed to meet threats to your business.
Join Community IT Innovators experts Eva Townsend and Nura Aboki for this webinar on Identifying IT Risks. Eva and Nura perform routine Technology Assessments on existing and new clients several times a month and will share our best practices for reviewing IT risks and putting safeguards in place.
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Community IT Innovators is a Washington, D.C. based IT consultancy providing technical staff and strategic technology support to nonprofit organizations. We commit to long-term, collaborative partnerships with our customers. This enables us to be the “in-house” expertise, building and maintaining appropriate IT infrastructure to meet current and future goals.

We have focused exclusively on nonprofit technology since 1993, and our staff of about 40 provide the depth and expertise needed for the broad range of technologies in use at nonprofits today.  To our knowledge, we are the only company from among the top 200 managed IT services providers in North America that is focused exclusively on nonprofit technology support.  We have certifications in all of the major (and some less common) technologies in use at nonprofit organizations today.

We serve customers primarily in the DC and Baltimore areas and take on select engagements across the United States, with customers ranging in size from a few staff to several hundred.  

Community IT is 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, leaving us free to make decisions based on the long-term best interests of both employees and customers.
We have a strong commitment to a triple bottom line of financial, social, and environmental results.  This commitment has been recognized by groups like Greater DC Cares, the Sustainable Business Network of Washington, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and other organizations, publications, and media outlets.
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