Tag Archives: Software

Free Software: Too Good to Be True

June 13, 2016 — 

Free software may cost more than you think. Imagine you’re in the market to buy a car. When doing research, what do you look for? Does it have to be sporty? Have 4-wheel drive? Will you only consider blue cars? Or cars with leather…Read more…

How to Define + Measure Social Impact

June 10, 2016 — 

When measuring social impact, actions speak louder than words. Nowadays, everyone wants to talk about social impact: helping society, making a difference, giving back to the community. While the sentiment is admirable, without quantifiable results, it’s just a warm fuzzy…Read more…

Address Verification Quick Sheet

March 16, 2016 — 

The topic of address verification is unlikely to become the Next Big Thing™ everyone talks about when they go out with their friends on the weekends. But for nonprofits who to truly want to be successful, it must be high on the priority list. So…Read more…

Gartner: Microsoft Named Magic Quadrant Leader 9 Years Running

February 12, 2016 — 

For the ninth consecutive year, world-renowned research and advisory firm Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence for its cloud-based Power BI software product. And for the first time, Power BI also placed furthest in ‘completeness…Read more…

Microsoft’s New Partnership Philosophy

January 22, 2016 — 

Not one to sit idle, Microsoft has been on a big-time partnership kick over the past year. Cooperation and partnerships appear to be the new vision for Microsoft. Since Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft two years ago, replacing Steve…Read more…

Microsoft Office 365 Continues To Dominate

January 5, 2016 — 

2015 was a very good year for Microsoft Office 365 — as well as for products and applications that leverage Office, such as StratusLIVE! — thanks in large part to the boom in adoption rates for cloud computing among businesses and nonprofits. In…Read more…

Intuition Versus Insight

December 31, 2015 — 

Gain insight into your nonprofit decisions with facts and figures, not guesses. Recently, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance of mine who happens to be the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize nonprofit. We were discussing the intersection…Read more…

Latest Acquisition Boosts Microsoft Data Insight

December 28, 2015 — 

In other great Microsoft news, it was announced that the software giant recently completed the acquisition of Metanautix, a data analysis company whose aim is to tear down data silos in order to “connect the ‘data supply chain,’ no matter what [sic]…Read more…

3 Keys to Getting Along with Search Engines

October 9, 2015 — 

“How much am I going to have to pay to be number one in search results?” Unfortunately, that was not a rhetorical question. Nor was it sarcasm. That was a real question I recently heard a business person ask a web…Read more…

Nonprofits And New Technology

September 30, 2015 — 

In the early days of the California gold rush, Americans with urgent messages for the western frontier were confronted with a problem. The westernmost United States Post Office was located near the very heart of the country in St. Joseph, Missouri, barely 200 miles west of the Mississippi…Read more…

Microsoft Ousts Salesforce As Most Used Business Cloud App

September 9, 2015 — 

As more companies embrace the cloud, Microsoft emerges as the leader among cloud apps for business. When the founders of StratusLIVE chose Microsoft Dynamics CRM as the platform on which we built our award-winning nonprofit software, it was following extensive research into Microsoft’s capabilities, functionality, integration, and vision….Read more…

Must-Have Software: What Nonprofits Want

September 4, 2015 — 

New report sheds light on nonprofit software challenges What drives nonprofits to seek out new fundraising software? What types of functionality are they searching for? Which are ‘must-have’ features and which are ‘nice-to-haves’? These questions were explored in a new report by Software Advice, a…Read more…

Prescriptive Analytics: Using Data to Make Great Decisions

August 28, 2015 — 

Does analysis matter? The world of data analysis is filled with swirling information from countless directions, as well as complex nomenclature and acronyms. But at the end of the day, what really matters to your mission is action and results….Read more…

Microsoft Wins CRM Magazine Market Leader Awards

August 21, 2015 — 

Microsoft Dynamics wins CRM Magazine Market Leader Awards in Enterprise CRM, Midmarket CRM, Small Business CRM, and Sales Force Automation categories. StratusLIVE for Fundraisers is built on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform for many good reasons. And we’re not alone…Read more…

Use This Checklist To Help Donors Get The Message

July 31, 2015 — 

There are plenty of ways to send a message. You could make a call, pay a visit, rent a billboard, write a letter, or even send a fax. The ability of your nonprofit organization to ensure that your message actually reaches its…Read more…

5 Fundraising Lessons from 2016 Presidential Candidates

July 24, 2015 — 

While most nonprofits can’t enlist the help of Super PACs to raise millions, there are still plenty of fundraising and marketing lessons to learn from the current crop of presidential hopefuls. According to the Federal Elections Commission, over $400 million has already…Read more…

Nonprofits Are Too Important To “Buy Cheap”

June 29, 2015 — 

When buying nonprofit software, it’s important to account for all expenses and savings—not just upfront costs. When I was growing up, I remember my parents doing whatever they could to save money. After the leftover Thanksgiving turkey was wrapped in plastic and…Read more…

[WEBINAR] Workplace Giving Success Stories

January 28, 2015 — 

2014 StratusLIVE Online Workplace Giving Campaign Software Success At StratusLIVE, we understand how critically important online workplace giving campaigns are to the United Way community. That’s why we decided to check in with United Ways who had recently implemented StratusLIVE’s Online Workplace Giving software….Read more…