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Technology as Strategy

The other day, a MAP board member asked me an intriguing question. To paraphrase, she asked: If, rather than consulting with other organizations, you could focus 100% on technology for our own organization, could technology transform us? In other words, if we choose technology as our chief strategy, where might it take us? [More]

The Best of 2013

It’s hard to believe that 2013 is already coming to a close. It seems like just the other day we were ringing in 2013. Even though the year has flown by, quite a bit has happened!

Some highlights for thedatabank during 2013: [More]

Databank Life

As a recent addition to thedatabank team, I have a fresh perspective of what it's like to work here. I thought it would be fun to share with our clients who thedatabank really is, and what makes us different. [More]

Getting Philosophical

I’ll admit it: as a senior in college, class is the last thing on my mind. I often find myself balancing between preparing for life after college and savoring the last few months I have of life as a student without “real world” responsibilities. With that in mind, when a class topic resonates with me, it’s because I truly see the value in it. Recently, in a class discussion the topic turned towards CRM and looking at it not just as technology, but also as a philosophy. [More]

Technology Changes Everything?

I was reading the paper this morning and saw an advertisement that got me thinking. The ad was for Ashford University, which I had never heard of, and featured a big picture of a tablet computer with the headline, “Technology Changes Everything™”. The subscript included the line, “Technology is the greatest populist force in our times”.

In 1998, when we started thedatabank, we came up with the tag line “Technology for Change” as a way to easily describe what we believed our software would be used for. At that time we saw the potential of our software being used by people in nonprofit organizations to help them fulfill their missions and therefore effect change. This ad moved the equation to a whole different level. What it said to me is that technology itself was the agent of change not those that used the technology... [More]