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How open source is losing the charity battle

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Non-profit organisations are keen to take advantage of emerging technologies such as social networking for fund-raising and software as a service for administration, but a lack of perceived support options is keeping them away from open source software solutions and firmly focused on more traditional commercial providers such as Microsoft.

At this week's Connecting Up conference in Brisbane, staff from non-profit groups were eagerly discussing Web 2.0 technologies, how wikis could help their organisation, and the role which Twitter might play in their fund-raising plans.

"We in Australia have barely scratched the surface of Web 2.0," said Doug Jacquier, CEO of CISA (Community Information Strategies Australia), which organised the event. "If we don't move soon, we risk losing an entire generation of potential supporters and donors."

While next generation technologies may be appealing, for resource-strapped charities, government service delivery branches and non-government organisations (NGOs), merely getting existing IT to work can be an uphill battle.

Moving beyond that is both pricey and scary




Stories in the UK...

Microsoft does a lot of dumping in this area and later tries to 'pull' when they get locked in. There were such stories in the UK.

re: Charity

Yes, it's oh so terrible when big companies like Microsoft and Cisco donate or make HUGE discounts on their products to help charities operate a modern, viable, and secure IT shop.

What are these charities thinking of - I mean besides operating on a shoe string budget and getting the most bang for their buck and not wasting the time of their primary work force by making them learn new technology.

Somehow I doubt if Vauxhall was handing out 50 Euro Astra's to UK nonprofits, Schestowitz would have his knickers in a knot.

Register Article

You ought see see the recent Reg article about MS cutting the charities' air supply to milk for cash. Ugly, ugly, ugly. Here in the UK...

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