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Domain experts with low resource understanding are key
Domain expertise doesn't travel from high-resource to a low-resource setup Amita Bhaduri posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

In software development, it is well understood that product development requires knowledge of the domain in which the software will be used. People who have this knowledge are called subject matter (domain) experts or business analysts.

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Analysing data in-house
Taking stock of the state of art in in-house lightweight data analysis Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Non-profit projects are adopting software and data systems for monitoring and tracking purposes. These are done through pre-developed dashboards and reports.

Non-profits face challenges in analysing the data in-house (Image: FinAnalysis)
The challenge of building a technology team in non-profit organisations
Partnering with software organisations that have a good understanding of the social sector is a sustainable long term approach. Amita Bhaduri posted 10 months 4 weeks ago

The usage of software and technology in non-profits is increasing.

Technology's role in the non-profit sector is increasing and there is a need to help the nonprofit community think creatively about technology. (Image: PxHere)
What does it mean to use open source?
Misconceptions about open-source software we should put to rest for non-profits. Amita Bhaduri posted 11 months ago

If I use open source then does it mean that

In case of open-source software, both the software source code and installable files are available free of cost publicly and anonymously. (Image: Kirisa99, Freepik)
Mobile technology for non-profits
What are the factors that need to be considered when procuring mobile devices? Amita Bhaduri posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

Mobile devices get increasingly used by frontline workers as non-profits procure and provide it to them. These devices need to be procured in bulk and hence it becomes important that the right decision is made.

Nonprofits generally operate on a tight budget and the right technology solution can be of great help. (Image: Pixabay)
Bracing for data reporting challenges
Why is your field team slack about data reporting? How can they be involved in the reporting processes? Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year ago

In most field programs there is a time lag between data collection and data reporting as only periodic reporting is expected. The field staff compiles it manually at the end of the period and reports up in the hierarchy. There are two types of compilation - aggregation and data filtering.

The data capture happens as a part of the users’ workflow instead of being batched together as a separate activity, to be done later (Image: Geralt, Pixabay license)
Bespoke software vs. platform: Choosing between the two
The essential tradeoff between these two options is of cost, time, risk, and requirement match. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year ago

In the last few years, we have suddenly seen a spike in usage of the term software platform. All types of software applications started getting called platform. But the term platform has a specific meaning which differentiates it from technology/software applications.

The term platform has a specific meaning which differentiates it from technology/software applications. (Image: Needpix)
Open source products protect against technology obsolescence
Open-source products offer a technology evolution path and help avoid risks in technology projects. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year ago

There are several uncertainties with technology endeavours of non-profit organisations. They pose significant risks to non-profits - wasted resources, inability to evolve with time, and obsolescence in the long term. Open source products offer a sustainable path.

Open source products track the sector and the technology evolution and evolve themselves continuously. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Architecture of community program organisations and their data systems
A simple explanation is all you need to get your head around issues related to software technology and its use in community programs. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 1 month ago

Samanvay Foundation has developed a knowledgebase for leaders working in nonprofit organisations, on issues related to software technology and its use in community programs. It covers strategy, management, economics, and appropriateness of software technology.

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