A future for open source within charities

Is your charity open to open source? [Photo credit: opensource.com under creative commons]

Is your charity open to open source? [Photo credit: opensource.com under creative commons]

Are you a charity leader? What do you know about open source software? Is your charity using open source? Are you aware the UK government has mandated a preference for open source technology?

Adoption of open source software by larger charities has increased in recent years which mirrors the rise in open source adoption in the commercial world (Netflix has more than 50 open source projects on the go). For organisations like Macmillan and Save the Children it’s a no-brainer and products like Drupal, Magento, and Ubuntu are now go-to choices as part of their digital infrastructure. Continue reading

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A culture of Big Data success

Navigating a path to Big Data success

Navigating a path to Big Data success

Although the number of organisations and industry sectors recognising the importance of Big Data is increasing, the number actually embracing Big Data and implementing projects is far less. Not long into 2015 and we have two significant survey reports – from CapGemini and EMA (link to webinar) – on the state of big data, providing some up-to-date perspective about how much traction Big Data projects are actually getting, but also some real world insight into why some projects are successful and some aren’t. Continue reading

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Better than free

Microsoft – one of the companies who provide low cost software for non-profit organisations

I met with a charity this week who confessed to not having heard of the Technology Trust (formerly known as CTX) who, via its tt-exchange programme, provide low cost technology product licensing and software to UK charities and not-for-profit organisations, donated by some of the leading software and hardware vendors including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco and Symantec. Continue reading

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