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Churches are now able to get Microsoft Donated Software

A recent policy change in Microsoft's charitable donation program has opened up access to Microsoft's software and services to a greater number of charities.

Is The Cloud a Panacea For Your IT Woes?

The cloud is touted these days as the ultimate solution to the expensive IT support and infrastructure that has been built up over the last twenty years in nearly every organization. Unfortunately, the cloud hasn’t also come with a set of boxed instructions that will tell you why it’s important to you, what it means for managing your compliance requirements, and how your existing IT systems will be affected.

PeaceWorks and Microsoft Office 365. A Compelling Choice.

Cloud computing is granting Not for Profits and small enterprises access to technologies that were previously only available to large enterprises. The infrastructure and knowledge to configure and maintain these applications was beyond the financial reach of many organizations with less than 250 employees.

The Benefits of a Purchasing Department

With so many computer and big box stores out there, why would you need a purchasing department to satisfy your hardware and software needs?  

Moving your Phone System to VoIP

Moving to a new VoIP-based phone system can provide significant cost savings as well as provide users with a very feature-rich phone system.

Websites: Moving Targets

At PeaceWorks, our Development Services team works on implementing websites and web-based applications for our clients.  

In a previous post, I looked at the question of why we can't just give you a quote for “the website” you want to build – first we need to spend sufficient time talking with you to understand what your expectations are, and then develop a detailed plan.

Quoting a Website

At PeaceWorks, our Development Services team works on implementing websites and web-based applications for our clients.  Some projects are small and are completed within weeks.  Other are large and take several months from start to finish.  For the most part our projects run smoothly, but, of course, there are also some challenging ones.

One challenge is working with clients who have unrealistic expectations about their project because they don't really understand the software development process.  

Organizing Your Inbox

How many emails do you have in your Inbox?

Everyone has some sort of system by which they organize their emails.  I have seen everything from storing thousands of messages in the Inbox, to using the Deleted Items folder as an archive (not recommended), to expansive folder structures.

The Biggest Hidden Website Cost

We generally work hard to minimize unpleasant surprises for our clients. We try to be clear about what different pieces of a project cost, and what trade-offs can be made to fit an ambitious project within a certain budget. So what piece has the highest risk of blowing the budget?

That piece is theming. This is the word we use to describe the look of the site: the graphic design, the branding, the visual identity. This piece of the website leaves such a strong impression, and can so easily consume more and more time to make more and more adjustments.

A Note about Antivirus Software

One of the most frequent questions I hear is, “What Antivirus software should I use?”.

Before I answer that, let’s consider a few different questions!

What is an antivirus program?  It is software that detects and protects you from viruses and malware.

At PeaceWorks, we know how to set up your organization with technology that drives your mission. Together, we define a technology vision for your organization and recommend the best ways to support that vision.

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We provide effective and affordable migrations, installations and upgrades that better manage your infrastructure. We focus on solutions that meet your needs, not solutions that are unnecessary or outside of your budget.

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We will design and create a new or enhanced on-line presence. We work with you through the entire process to ensure you get exactly what you need for the present, as well as the future. We build our websites with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and accessibility practices, customizing as required.

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We collaborate with you to create solutions that turn ideas and data into information that you can use, analyze and distribute.  We build the technology solutions that equip you to better engage and manage your staff, your clients, your volunteers, and your donors.  We simplify data collection, intelligence and management.

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PeaceWorks provides the management and sale of hardware and software solutions. We always discuss your needs and provide you with the most preferable options.

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