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Tech 101: What Are Managed IT Services and When Should You Use Them?

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Meeting Description:
For nonprofits and libraries with little or no in-house tech staff, it can be difficult to determine when you can "wing it" and use your own skills for a technology project and when to rely on outside help. Some external tech help can take the form of friends or volunteers while other times you may need to call on professional, paid tech services.
In this webinar with Linda Widdop of Tech Impact, we'll discuss what managed IT services are, and how to determine which projects and ongoing technology needs are best handled by the pros.
Additionally, we'll:
  • Discuss what considerations may make managed services the preferred path financially, based on Total Cost of Ownership
  • Share some thoughts on measuring the return on your investment
  • Hear from Nancy Millard from the Rodel Foundation of Delaware about their experience using managed IT services
This webinar is part of an ongoing Tech 101 series, specifically tailored to the needs of non-technical nonprofit, library, and charity staff who are seeking guidance on basic technology decisions.
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Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM PST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Becky Wiegand
 Presenter Information
Linda Widdop
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As Director of Technology Services at Tech Impact, Linda manages all aspects of client relations including providing nonprofits with project plan and budget development, implementation oversight and resource allocation to projects. In addition, Linda works with local, regional and national partners to provide the nonprofit community with increased knowledge of technology through speaking engagements. With recent advances in cloud computing, Linda is focusing on moving nonprofits to leverage cloud solutions to lower IT costs while gaining access to best of breed technology.

Linda is uniquely qualified to lead Tech Impact's technology services. She has been in the computer field since 1983, starting with assembling PCs. During these 20-plus years, she has worked in manufacturing, corporate and retail environments on her way to the non-profit world.  She has trained thousands, and provided IT consulting and implementation services to hundreds, of individuals and organizations.

Nancy Millard
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Nancy Millard is the Administrative Manager at the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. In her role, Nancy manages the organization's day to day operations, provides tech support for a team of 15 and works with the Chief Operating Officer on grants administration and financial reporting.

Becky Wiegand
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Becky is the interactive events producer at TechSoup Global, where she hosts webinars, creates interactive media and content, and writes on a variety of technology topics for nonprofits and public libraries. Prior to joining TechSoup, Becky was on staff at three small nonprofit organizations based in Washington, DC and Oakland, CA, where she was frequently the "accidental techie" trying to make technology decisions for her offices.