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Your Corporate Intranet —There Will Be an App For That.

Corporations spend thousands of dollars and hours on building, securing, nurturing and organizing their IT. Then, the future comes along and asks us to evolve our thinking. It’s almost unbearable, until our eyes flip open. We can see the dramatic shape the future holds for corporations and our venture into the freedom of mobility. As usage of mobile devices becomes more prevalent in our daily lives, it will become increasingly important to move your IT to the cloud. Cloud technologies are the primary shift that will support the future of business communication and team outputs. Mobile devices are surging forward. The world is full of mobile opportunities and it only shows signs of future growth. According to the International Telecommunications Union in 2009, 90% of the world’s population was covered by a mobile cellular signal as compared to only 61% in 2003. The ability to reach multiple people has increased and we will soon be fully connected through wireless signals.  It might be a little obvious to suggest that mobile cellular subscriptions have a direct impact on the global footprint of wireless signals, but looking at the growth of mobile subscriptions, the future suggests we will each have a personalized mobile service customized to our specifications. The U.S. is leading the pack with 55% of people purchasing Smartphones over feature phones (Nielsen Wire, June 2011). This increase in Smartphone purchase will open the doors to an increased adoption rate and eventual cost reductions in data plans. With the current penetration rate of 38% (Nielsen Wire, June 2011), companies like Nokia are abandoning features phones and focusing their attention in the smartphone market (MediaPost – Nokia Won’t Sell Phones In U.S., Canada, 2011). What’s incredible about this market is that despite the high cost early data shows that people are four times more likely to access their emails with a smartphone over a feature phone and typically have between 35 – 48 applications installed (Nielsen Wire – Smartphone Penetration, 2011). The mobile cloud service landscape is expanding. It’s not just cell phones that are getting attention. The sales of tablets have been surpassing expectations and sliding their way into the business landscape (WSJ, 2010) empowering the end user to choose from multiple devices, leaving IT executives to work out the difference between the end user needs, business decision makers and the typical standardized approach to IT. Unfortunately for most IT executives, the cloud evolution has already hit its first stage – the availability of an application store with multiple business-focused productivity applications. As applications grow and become more popular on a variety of devices, the second stage is an...

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7 Steps to Organizing a Fundraising Campaign with SharePoint Online

Fundraising is all about teamwork, organization, and imagination. Ignite your team’s drive for communication and accomplishment by focusing some strategic energy on building an organized and efficient fundraising project site. Creating an Organized and Efficient Project Site 1 – Define the Audience Decide who needs to access the fundraising project site. Write down all the possible groups of people who may need access to all or just a portion of the site. Will it be internal staff only, volunteers, partners, and/or board members? Deciding who needs access not only helps with organization, it will also give your IT staff time to prepare technical feedback on your concepts. If you have some spare time, learn how to develop personas on 2 – Establish Goals and Objectives Now decide what you want your SharePoint site to do for your audience. SharePoint can easily be setup to accomplish multiple tasks, but each section should have a specific purpose. Think about what you need each audience segment to do and map these to goals or tasks. This becomes your audience goal matrix. Example: Volunteers need to do a call down to potential donors. In this situation you might want to have a section dedicated to communicating with potential donors with supporting documents like a telescript, mission statement, common questions, and a link to the secure list of donor names and telephone numbers where they can update status. 3 – Create a site map The size of your organization will influence  the size of your fundraising project site. Based on the newly created audience goal matrix, begin listing the content needs and decide how the information will be categorized. One technique to accomplish this goal is to write down potential content categories  on notecards and group them together as a team. Remember, the site map should contain broad categories. Get more information on Sitemaps from Perform a card sort with Optimal Workshop (there’s a free version, up to 30 cards) 4 – Set up a Taxonomy to Organize Files Taxonomy is simply information about the information and helps organize files across the organization. Taxonomy makes it easy to find and display documents regardless of its physical location within SharePoint. This essentially allows the same document to potentially be in two places at once. Taxonomy areas to consider are: Document keywords (or metadata) Document naming convention In a fundraising campaign, one might create a specific document taxonomy around the campaign name, campaign stage, and audience type. You are likely to come up with more! Note: Even if you haven’t identified a taxonomy for your entire organization quite yet, deciding on categories now for...

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