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FluidSurveys makes surveys faster and simpler

posted  by Anonymous -  Fri, 21/03/2014 - 17:07  
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FluidSurveys, a web-based application for creating online surveys and collecting and analyzing survey data, is now available on the BigTech donations program for eligible non-profits, charities, and public libraries throughout India.

FluidSurveys is the leading provider of online survey, form & questionnaire software. With powerful yet easy to use data collection & analysis tools, 
FluidSurveys makes building, distributing and analyzing surveys easy, accessible and affordable. You can use FluidSurveys to quickly gather and analyze informal data through online surveys, forms, or polls.


In addition to all the standard online survey features, a few additional features of FluidSurveys include:
 
o   Drag and drop interface for creating surveys
o   Embed surveys and polls in a website or blog
o   Embed pictures and videos in your surveys
o   Customize the look and feel of your survey - including an option to use the template of a website you specify so that the look is consistent
o   Export your survey results to Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and advanced analytics software such as SPSS
 
With a one-year subscription to FluidSurveys Pro your organization can create an unlimited number of surveys with an unlimited number of questions in each and to collect an unlimited number of responses per Survey.

Other notable features of FluidSurveys Pro include:

o   Create surveys with a keystroke: The drag-and-drop interface lets you create and modify surveys and see a real-time preview of how it will actually appear. Your survey questions can be rearranged, copied and pasted, and moved from page to page or from one survey to another.

o   Build and edit polls: You and your team can create single-question polls and embed them on any website or blog. And, poll participants can see real-time poll results as animated graphics (or, not, if you prefer ' it's customizable!)

o   Give your survey the look you want: Your survey's color, font, and spacing can be customized as a whole or on a page-by-page basis. You can also upload logos, images, videos, or other rich media into a survey.

o   Choose from a variety of question types: Include everything from multiple choice and yes/no, to rankings, questions that allow a text response, and more.

o   Branching and skipping: You can direct survey participants to a specific question or page in your survey based on their responses to a previous question.

o   Straightforward results: You can view your survey results online in real time in table or graph form. Analysis tools allow you to filter results and create cross-tabulations to see how results compare. Both table and graph results can be exported as Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Rich Text Format files, and Adobe PDF documents.

o   Multilanguage surveys: Survey creators can give participants the choice to fill out a survey in English, French, or Spanish.

Click here to view product details

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Affordable refurbished computers through BigBridge- Stock clearance! (NGOs in India can request before 30th March!)

posted  by Anonymous -  Thu, 14/03/2013 - 11:06  

We are happy to announce stock clearance from the BiG Bridge computer donation programme!

With an aim to help NGOs with easy access to technology and reduce their IT budgets, BigBridge makes refurbished computers available to NGOs at affordable costs. BigBridge donations of over 6000+ computers have helped hundreds of NGOs across India

NGOs who want use computers in your offices and for your programs this is an excellent opportunity to avail affordable computers with licensed softwares.

We urge you to not miss this opportunity. To avail the donations –write to bigbridge@nasscomfoundation.org or call us at 11-64782655-62 (ext 25)

BigBridge’s end-of-life computers are donated by IT-BPO companies. These computers are refurbished with hardware and licensed softwares (operating systems and office), and made available for pickup in major metros in India. For more information visit www.nasscomfoundation.org

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Donations of Office 2013 Are Now Available!

posted  by Anonymous -  Fri, 25/01/2013 - 12:19  

The latest version of Microsoft Office is here! Eligible NGOs, charities, and libraries can now request Office Standard and Professional editions through the Microsoft Software Donation Program at BiGTech Donation Program

 

Microsoft Office offers a number of new features and benefits over Office 2010, including direct integration with SkyDrive, new graphics options, the ability to open and edit PDFs in Word, and to sync across several devices. This means you can start working on a document on your desktop and then continue where you left off on another computer, laptop, or tablet because Office saves your work in the cloud as you go.

If you have received a donation of Microsoft Office through BiGTech Donations Program that included Software Assurance (and it is still current), you can upgrade to the latest version of Office at no additional cost. 

 

What’s New in Office?

One of the most interesting new features of Office is its integration with the cloud. Microsoft’s Office Web Apps let your staff and volunteers create, edit, and share documents online. For example, you can add comments to a Word document, and colleagues can respond to them directly within the document or via email or Skype. Plus: You can start working on a document on your desktop, then continue right where you left off on a different computer or tablet.

 


   One addition to Word that you’ll notice right away is its treatment of   PDFs. For the first time, you can open a PDF in Word, and its paragraphs, lists, tables, and other content will act just like Word content. 

Word includes new templates and design tools, plus it automatically remembers your location in the document as you work. This means you can close a document and come back to it later, continuing your work at the same spot, even on a different computer. And Word now includes the ability to reply to comments within a comment


 

  The latest version of Excel helps you explore    your organization’s data in a more intuitive and visual way. Excel recommends charts and graphs for you based on the data you’re trying to display, and it allows you to display selected workbooks collaboratively via Lync. Plus: Excel learns and recognizes your patterns and auto-completes your remaining data without macros.

 


    As you build your slideshows, PowerPoint  suggests variations on   your color scheme and  template while you are working and    includes new tools to help develop and align text, graphics, and imagery. This updated presentation tool also includes an improved Presenter View and a PowerPoint web app that allows coauthoring of presentations by several people inside and outside of your organization.

 



   Your OneNote notebooks are now built to move with you, thanks to the new cloud integration. The notes you take on your desktop or laptop will be accessible from any other computer, as well as your tablet and smartphone. You can use OneNote Mobile apps on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android phones. And if you are using a browser, just open the OneNote Web App. 



OneNote now also allows integration of pictures, video, and Excel spreadsheets into your notes. Plus: include links, webpages, maps, and sketches into your note taking as well.

 


 


   Outlook features new and improved ways to handle your email accounts, coordinate staff and volunteer schedules, manage your    social networks, and keep yourself organized through to-do lists. The new version of Outlook also includes “Peeks” — which let you take a quick glance at your schedule — as well as a calendar sharing function so others can see when you’re available.


Another neat new addition to Outlook is the weather bar, which lets you view the forecast right within Outlook, helping you plan your day and any upcoming travel.

 

 

 


Office is Optimized for Windows 8

    Eligible organizations can also request  donated upgrades of Windows 8 Professional and Windows 8 Enterprise. With a new mobile-friendly design that features sleek tiles in the place of conventional icons, Windows 8 is a complete rethinking of the Windows environment. It keeps some aspects of what we are all used to from Windows 7. But it drops the “Start” button in favor of a new app-integrated look and makes it easier to sync with cloud-based services. 

Learn more about Windows 8. 

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What we did for the 'Joy of Giving' week? giving back.. IT style!

posted  by Anonymous -  Mon, 08/10/2012 - 16:03   Father Adolf - encouraging volunteering as a must-do activity and not as an extra thing.

One thing we maintain at NASSCOM Foundation is that ‘giving back’ is most effective when it is the core competency of the volunteer that she provides to the beneficiary. So when we sat to design an event for the ‘Joy of Giving’ week, we concluded with the idea of ‘Find an IT Partner’ Event for NGOs wherein NGOs across Mumbai could team up with with IT volunteers. Our host and partner for this event held on 3rd Oct. 2012 was Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT), Mumbai. This enabled the opportunity for IT students of DBIT to hone their professional skills in a live environment and to imbibe in them a culture of volunteering for social good. Prior to the event, about 20 NGOs had registered with us along with details of their IT needs which varied from being as simple as troubleshooting the website to as complex as creating an management information system for organizations spread across India.


After a brief introduction and welcome note, each NGO presented their project(s). FPAI, Sujaya Foundation, Salaam Baalak and Maharashtra Dyslexia Association were among the total 12 NGOs that were present.


Ms. Kate Currawala of Maharashtra Dyslexia Association wants a user-friendly website and ecommerce site for their publications. Ms. Zarine Gupta of Salaam Baalak Trust Mumbai Sujaya Foundation speaks about their program and need for online secured data transfer and multi-branch networking


The students zealously listened and then formed groups based on their interests to service the different projects. The student groups are to be mentored by the Comp Sci./IT faculty of DBIT with project timelines ranging from three to six months.

Yashbeer and group takes on the FPAI MIS projectProf. Imran & Deven Shah, Iris Business, taking stock of NGO projects and the students interest in themRahul, student of DBIT, forming a group for open source module customization for FPAI

By the end of the event, seven NGOs benefited from the event and in total eight projects found teams. DBIT student organizing team did a fantastic job of the logistics, etc. so that we could truly focus on the NGOs. A hearty thanks to them (Sydney, Elma, etc.)


As this was a pilot event for us, we hadn’t called in many IT corporates but had conveyed the idea to a few. Mr. Deven Shah from Iris Business was present for the entire time and will be contributing to two of the NGOs. Other corporates such as Cognizant, Mphasis, Mastek, etc. too have shown interest. So don’t be surprised if you see us organizing another one sooner than the next Joy of Giving week.


Next step for us is to work with the NGOs, DBIT faculty and students to scope the projects and plan towards deployment. Watch this space to know more about each project experience and results. Picture abhi baki hain!


12 NGOs brought their IT projects to the 30+ students of DBIT

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Some immediate feedback we got -

"Anyone with experience in the voluntary sector know that one of our biggest limitations is that our administrative systems don't always keep pace with our field activities. ..NASSCOM Foundation's 'Find an IT Partner for your NGO' Event yesterday hit the sweetspot exactly. .. Thank you for bringing us a JGW event that will continue to spread benefit and goodwill for way beyond this week, " says Kate Currawalla from Maharashtra Dyslexia Association.

Fresh from the ConnectIT workshop held from 26-28 Sep, Ms. Zarine Gupta Trustee, Salaam Baalak Trust said "Let me take this opportunity to thank Prashant Pandit who showed great leadership qualities in coordinating and networking with all partners and the NASSCOM Team for taking valuable time of their busy schedule and imparting the IT skills training for NGO's. It was a great learning opportunity for us and hope to put all that we have learnt into practice at Salaam Baalak Trust, Mumbai. This is a great achievement for all of us and I am sure a great CSR activity for NASSCOM ".

A hearty thanks to all who participated in the event either by bringing their projects or by volunteering to work on those projects.

We hope this small event shall scale up to the point where each IT professionals shall work hand in hand with the developmental sector of the country.

 

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Just In: Donated Licenses of Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits!

posted  by Anonymous -  Tue, 25/09/2012 - 11:03  
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Increase productivity, reduce costs, and simplify your NGO’s IT management with Microsoft Office 365. Available through Microsoft to qualifying organizations, Office 365 provides you and your staff with web-based access to Office applications and your documents from anywhere. Visit Microsoft Website for details Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits

Digital buzz in the mountains of Tehri

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 12:28 - Anonymous

Last week, NKN team visited Tehri Garhwal in
Uttrakhand to visit the NKN centers which are operational in remote locations
of this district. Tehri, now known as New Tehri is a mountainous town in
Tehri Garhwal District. Since 1988, Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC)
is working in the region for development of one of the highest dams in Asia and
for the resettlement & rehabilitation of local populations/communities.
During the construction of the Tehri Dam**, 125 villages were resettled from
their original places to several new places that came to be known as New Tehri.

Over a period of time, THDC realized that
rehabilitation alone does not mean fulfilling its mandate to work with the
people; and it goes beyond regular activity of resettlement &
rehabilitation. Keeping in line with the needs of communities and impactful
interventions, THDC has undertaken a huge initiative of bringing the change
among the affected population through its CSR division.

Simultaneously working on several issues such
as improved health care facilities, electricity facility, agricultural
practices support & livelihoods promotion, promoting disaster management
preparedness and running vocational training centers; THDC approached NASSCOM
Foundation to assist with their digital literacy and IT skills training centers
to run effectively & efficiently. They are running computer centers in
collaboration with other local NGOs which are rendering basic computer literacy
and digital learnings. In total, the team visited four centers situated at
remote mountainous locations. It took us four days to cover all the locations,
as the local commute in hills are always challenging. However, the distance
covered was absolutely worth it - to see the enthusiasm of students and how
much they have learned in a short period of time.

In an interaction’s with a student of the
center, Miss Priti Rana shared her life changing experience with us.

“I was a usual mountain girl; going to school
for studies. After school help my mother in household chores, getting demoted
over other male siblings. I always have been a good student. Though at times I
used to think what I am & what I want to become! However, I matriculated
with good grades & opted for science stream.

Last year, I joined the NKN center at
Ghansali with a vision to equip myself with computer learning’s as it is a
necessity of today’s age of information. After completing almost 5 months at
the center, I came across to the entire different world of which I was unaware
of. Despite the fact I have not crossed Tehri yet but now, I can communicate
through emails with my friends who moved out of Tehri and are living in other
parts of the country. I am well versed with MS Office, use Skype & Facebook
to connect with friends, take Google’s help in my routine studies. I feel
extremely empowered now. In future, I am focused to become a computer engineer
which has been only possible after joining the center as the stepping stone
else I would not think of it.”

With the help of our visit, we came to
understand that it will be great to start with existing context & hone the
talents of rural youth & students in a way that they should be prepared
enough to adapt & perform well in their higher studies & all future
endeavors.

About NKN:- The NASSCOM Knowledge Network
(NKN) is a network of 174+ community telecentres across 13 states of India, in
partnership with 30+ NGOs, providing access to information and services related
to education, health and livelihoods to marginalized communities. See more at: https://www.nasscomfoundation.org/get-engaged/nasscom-knowledge-network.html#sthash.rkxIydTH.dpuf 

For more information please visit - https://www.nasscomfoundation.org/get-engaged/nasscom-knowledge-network.html

 - Hammad Abedin

NASSCOM Foundation 

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SAP Technology Donations - innovative solutions to help your NGO run better!

Fri, 29/11/2013 - 15:52 - Anonymous

Empower your Organization with SAP Crystal Reports

Turn information from almost any data source into a sophisticated, interactive report – easily – with SAP Crystal Reports. This powerful, user-friendly application for small businesses and departments can help you deliver key insights to the right decision maker, at the right time, in the right format.

Learn How:

SAP  Crystal Reports with Jaclyn Churcher and Nish Pangali. Hear first-hand how a nonprofit is using SAP software to reach reporting excellence. –  View the archived session here     

 

Visualize data in seconds

SAP Lumira may be one of the simplest ways to turn spreadsheets and databases into pie, bar, graph, geographic, line, or scatter charts. Load your data source in two clicks; then drag and drop categories and filters — easy!

Learn How: 

SAP Lumira with Nic Smith and Jennifer Dunmoyer View the archived session here

SAP Lumira with Nic Smith and Nish Pangali– View the archived session here

 

Reports that Get Results!

SAP Crystal Dashboard Design 2011 Personal Edition is point-and-click, Flash-based data visualization software. It creates interactive dashboards and graphical data presentations from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and other external data sources. It is the successor to SAP's Xcelsius Engage data visualization software.

Learn How: 

SAP Crystal Dashboard  with Ian Mayor and Nish Pangali– View the archived session here

SAP Crystal Dashboard with Anita Gibbings and Nish Pangali   View the archived session here

Now Available on BiGTech: Adobe Acrobat XI Pro

posted  by Anonymous -  Mon, 05/11/2012 - 12:48  

We've just added Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, the newest version of Adobe's PDF-creation software, to our donation catalog. Eligible organizations can request it for Windows or Mac as a downloadable donation.

Most people are familiar with PDF documents, and if you don't use Acrobat, you've probably at least used the free Adobe Reader to view a PDF that someone else created. Acrobat's most notable feature is that it allows you to create PDF documents from a variety of source files, but there are a lot of other uses too.

• Create PDFs from other applications: With the Acrobat XI Pro, you can create PDF files from any application that can print, or natively from Microsoft Office. This facilitates information-sharing on any platforms that might be used by your stakeholders, as PDFs are one of the most widely used file formats.
• Convert to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint: Conversely, you may get PDFs from partners and allies where there's information that can be used, like for a grant report for example. Acrobat XI Pro lets you bring that content over easily by converting a PDF to a Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or PowerPoint presentation.
• Combine files in a PDF: You can merge multiple types of files -- like documents, spreadsheets, emails, and images -- into one PDF to more easily send related files. For professional projects, like an electronic annual report, you can combine several types of files (video included) as a PDF Portfolio. These might include pictures from an event, spreadsheets and charts for your financials, and multimedia for some client testimonials.
• Edit text or images directly in a PDF: The editing tools in Acrobat XI have been improved so that you can add or remove whole paragraphs or replace images directly in Acrobat without remaking the entire PDF. Edward Mendelson of PCMag.com says in his review of the software: "If you click a plus-sign icon next to the Format item on the editing menu, you get access to detailed typographic controls over kerning and spacing, just as in Adobe's high-end graphics and layout software. You get similar power over images. Right-click on an image and the menu offers options to flip or rotate the image, plus an option to replace the image entirely."
• Secure documents: If you don't want someone to be able to copy and paste from a PDF, you can specify this when creating a document in Acrobat XI Pro (or make copy and editing content password-restricted). For a higher level of security, you may choose to encrypt the file with its built-in security features. You can also sign documents with digital signatures to acknowledge readership and approvals.
• Scan to PDF and OCR: If you have mounds of paperwork that needs to be archived, the Acrobat XI Pro would allow you to scan to PDF and at the same time use optical character recognition (OCR) so that the text in those files is searchable. For many of us whose organizations started before today's technologies, this can be a helpful bridge to digitally store work you've done in the past and be able to easily search through it in the future.
• Create PDF and web forms: You can create clean and professional forms for events, employment records, and client intake; draft surveys for your program work; or easily digitize things like performance evaluations. While web forms and surveys are also popular, there may be programmatic or privacy reasons why hard-file forms are more suitable. Adobe Acrobat can convert Word or Excel documents into fillable forms, and the Form Tracker functionality allows you to conveniently collect data and export for further analysis. If desired, web-based forms can also be created within Acrobat through Adobe's subscription-based FormsCentral service, allowing you to link to the forms online like a standard online survey.

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Donations of Windows 8 Are Now Available!

posted  by Anonymous -  Mon, 29/10/2012 - 11:50  

Windows 8 is here! Eligible NGOs can now request donated upgrades of Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise editions through the Microsoft Software Donation Program at BiGTech Donations Program.

With a new mobile-friendly design that features sleek tiles in the place of conventional icons, Windows 8 Windows 8 features an updated representation of the traditional Windows environment. It keeps some aspects of what we’re all used to from Windows XP and Windows 7. But it drops the “Start” button in favor of a new, app-integrated look and easier syncing with cloud-based services. There are also numerous improvements “under the hood,” such as a smaller memory footprint, faster performance than Windows 7, and reduced disk-space requirements. 

If you have received a donation of a Windows operating system through BiGTech Donations Program that included Software Assurance (and it is still current), you can upgrade to Windows 8 for no additional cost. 


What’s New in Windows 8? 

  • SkyDrive sync: Microsoft’s cloud storage program is built in to just about every application in Windows 8. If you log in to Windows 8 using a Microsoft account, your apps and preferences are synced to the cloud. When you log in to Windows 8 on another computer, your settings and preferences will be available to you — so you get the same consistent Windows 8 experience, no matter where you are.
  • Energy efficient: Windows 8 saves battery life by dropping to a low-power state when you're not doing anything power-intensive. 
  • More secure: Windows 8 comes with Windows Defender malware and virus protection. It also provides better defense against malicious downloads through the SmartScreen filter, which is built into the operating system.

Plus: Windows 8 is good for multilingual organizations, as users can easily switch between display languages, and additional display languages are available. 

Is Windows 8 Right for You?

Windows 8 is unlike any operating system Microsoft has ever released. Many of the basic tenets of Windows — like the Start menu, desktop experience, and the eponymous windows — seem to be gone. Don’t worry! Below Windows 8’s new interface, you’ll find a desktop experience similar to Windows 7. And the new Windows 8 interface feels like the mobile tablet and phone interfaces most of us are now used to.

Plus, Windows 8 offers some new features that may help your staff's productivity as well as the performance and longevity of your organization's computers. To help you decide whether Windows 8 is a good fit for your organization, we’ve come up with four questions for you to consider.

Easily See What You Can Request 

To help you manage your Microsoft donations, we've created the Microsoft Donation Center. Organizations can easily track what donations they have received so far, what remains of their software allotment, when their cycle resets, and the value of their Microsoft software donations to date. 

Get Full Versions of Windows 8

In addition to upgrades, Microsoft has also made donations of full versions of its Windows 8 operating systems available through the Microsoft Get Genuine program.

Your organization might have PCs with illegal, free, or basic operating systems — either from accepting donated machines or buying the computers for bargain-basement prices. Microsoft's Get Genuine program offers your organization a one-time chance to get your existing computers running fully legitimate and upgradable Windows operating systems. This enables your organization to easily upgrade through BiGTech Donations Program when the next operating system version is released. Read more about the Microsoft Get Genuine Program.

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IT Skills for Urban NGOs in #Mumbai!

posted  by Anonymous -  Tue, 23/10/2012 - 12:57  
The first ConnectIT workshop was held in Mumbai in 2009. So after 46 workshops in 9 states, we thought it was a perfect destination for a second workshop! Don Bosco Institute of Technology, an engineering college, agreed to lend their computer lab and thus on 26th September we started our three day journey into IT skills training for 32 participants from 20 NGOs.

NASSCOM Foundation in partnership with  Microsoft organizes these workshops for NGO & Government employees across the country to enable them to leverage technology for better impact.   NGO staff gets to improve their skills in documentation, project budgeting, marketing tools, social media and online tools for collaboration by using MS Office and Internet.
Although ConnectIT comes in with an agenda, we keep it quite open to make sure we cater to the audience. So when Nagabhusan from Annamitra asked about email marketing and project management tools, we included such discussions.
Zarine Gupta, Trustee of Salaam Balaak Trust, was amazed at the advanced features of Microsoft Office that can help NGOs save lot of design costs.  Many ideas were shared to help understand not only how IT can be used, but also where IT can be used. Her feedback on the workshop. 
Now about the big surprise. Who did we find in our audience? Chandni Parekh! For those of you who don’t know that name, you need to revise your  online outreach plan! Because Chandni is the person behind the Twitter handle, @FundACause, that has got itself almost 4000 followers. But it’s not just about numbers she said and went on to show the true potential of social media. We got to know  some inspiring stories of how she was able to connect with like-minded people and create impact. We couldn’t thank her enough for agreeing impromptu to be the guest-lecturer for our social media.  

While Excel and Word were the most popular topics, the participants were also excited to know about Moviemaker, Skydrive and Publisher. 
The Power of Internet was a new session introduced into the agenda to help participants independently handle their own queries using the internet. As always, the BiGTech session got many ‘wow!’s when they heard about how NGOs can receive software donations to compliment the training provided.
To know more about ConnectIT and to participate, write to us on connectit@nasscomfoundation.org.
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