Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Article: Protecting Your Data-- Is It Worth the Hassle?

The value of some church assets is difficult to assess. Personnel, congregational goodwill, and data are just a few examples of assets whose value is usually understood only once it’s gone. None of us would say our data has no value to the organization, but trying to figure out what it’s worth so we can adequately protect it is challenging.

Data is one of the most valuable assets a church has. Protecting it isn’t difficult, but must be approached as deliberately and strategically as fire and security protection.

To read the article (always free!), click here!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Article on Common Church IT Mistakes (Part 1)





I’ve had the privilege of serving The Church as an IT consultant and strategist for many years. In that role I’ve seen a wide spectrum of how churches approach IT and, as you’d imagine, I’ve seen patterns of good and of not-so-good approaches. In this series I will cover some of the most common mistakes churches make in this vital area that impacts church ministry.

To read a free preview of this article, click here!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OSX Mavericks (10.9.x) Still Problematic

Last November I blogged about Apple's newest and free operating system: Mavericks. I recommended waiting before implementing this version of OSX (click here to read that post).

Mavericks' third service pak is out (10.9.3), and the problems when opening files still have not been resolved. If you have a Mac and are considering upgrading it to Mavericks, I recommend not doing so unless there's an app that you really need and that requires Mavericks. Otherwise you will be frustrated by many spinning color wheels/ beachballs. And it doesn't matter if the files are local (on your computer's hard drive) or on a network share.

If you're buying a new Mac that has Mavericks on it, it's probably not worth the time and energy to reinstall the OS and go back to Mountain Lion (10.8.x), so I recommend just going with it.

So, I'm sorry to say, it looks like Mavericks may be the Mac equivalent of Microsoft's Vista-- an OS worth leapfrogging.

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Article: Using Technology to Track Worship Attendance

 

While at a meeting of church business administrators of very large churches recently the topic of taking attendance came up. This common topic challenges most in church management. In this particular meeting, however, someone shared a technological solution they're using that is bringing good results! To see my article about it, click here!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Church IT Network & Apple

The Church IT Network, sponsor of the Church IT Roundtable (#CITRT), has apparently caught the attention of Apple! In a demonstration of the growing importance of this effective group of church IT people and the indirect impact they are having on people's lives, Apple has decided that all iOS upgrades will now launch ONLY when CITRT events are happening!

Welcome aboard, Apple! Microsoft? Google? We're waiting!

Friday, March 7, 2014

New Article on Surprising Email Facts


There is a surprising vulnerability in email most don’t know about that I’ve written a brief article on. I also included a brief section on how email and internet traffic is routed that may surprise you.

If you’d like to read it, it is freely available on our website… just click this link:
http://www.mbsinc.com/surprising-email-facts/

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Most Expensive Thing I Ever Bought

At our church small group last night we were asked what the most expensive thing was we ever bought. One guy said it was his wife's engagement ring. Another said his house, and another said his car. I said it was an ice cream cone!

The Rest of The Story
After my first date with Grace, my wife, I decided we needed to break up. So I went to her apartment the following day and told her. She lived on the third floor of her building, and by the time I was in the stairwell I knew I'd just made a big mistake.

When I got to the ground level I walked out to the parking lot below her open balcony window. I yelled up, "Yo! Grace!" She came out on the balcony to see what I wanted. I yelled up, "Want to go get an ice cream cone?"

Since then that ice cream cone has cost me engagement and wedding rings, our home, cars... and I'm STILL paying!

It was the largest and best purchase I ever made.