Technology can be a strategic asset and differentiator for nonprofits. However, selecting hardware, software, services and technology staff are complex processes with significant organizational and financial implications. Every nonprofit should have or should be considering a strategic technology plan that aligns their technology with broader goals and augments organizational efforts. Without a plan, achieving sustained technological excellence may be impossible.
This session is intended to be a guided discussion between nonprofit CFOs or their delegates. It will be light on tech-speak and topics are expected to include: must have’s in a technology plan, demystifying hype around cloud technology, leveraging the data you collect and create, short vs. long-term planning, and the need for interoperability between systems.
After participating in this session, it is our hope attendees will leave with:
- An appreciation for the importance of a strategic technology plan to guide everything from eliminating paper-intensive processes to developing systems that are interconnected and sustainable.
- Insight into what components a technology plan should contain and how to effectively maintain a plan to keep pace with rapid technology change.
- How to work with stakeholders within your organization to create a strategic technology plan by understanding what available resources exist to facilitate getting a plan developed (one that can be realistically implemented).
- Increased confidence in discussing technology-related issues with colleagues, board members and funders.
Moderating the session will be three area professionals who understand the nonprofit world and are adept at talking in plain language about complex technical issues.
Greg Bugbee is the Senior Advisor at CT Center for Advanced Technology, CT Nonprofit’s technology partner and a 501c3 in East Hartford. Greg leads technology consulting efforts for CCAT as it seeks to shrink the digital divide, increase sustainability and build capacity through technology.
Jason Bittner is founder & CEO of Triple Helix Corporation, an East Hartford firm that specializes in helping small/mid-sized organizations more effectively manage critical business data. Over the years, Jason has gained a deep understanding of the challenges organizations face in managing, organizing and analyzing large volumes of data.
Steve Bonafonte is a partner at the law firm of Davis Clark & Bonafonte. In addition to the general practice of law, Steve specializes in privacy & cybersecurity IT contracts and policies. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and speaks nationally on these issues.