Holly Ross, Executive Director of NTEN, kindly sent me a copy of the guide they just published in partnership with Wiley (Full disclosure note: Wiley is my publisher as well) called Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission.
The book is a great primer for people charged with IT responsibilities for nonprofits. But, the book also makes a point of reminding us that technology is an integral part of organizational life internally and externally, and that the big boxes in cold rooms run by guys named Buzzer.Understanding the larger context for technology is critically important as we continue to morph from big boxes to hand held, mobile devices.
My favorite chapter was Managing Technological Change by Dahna Goldstein. Too many tech books speak only to the line staff charged with setting the boxes up and pluggin them in. Dahna’s chapter tackles head-on the fears and anxiety around technology that are the biggest stoppers within organizations.