Sunday, August 15, 2010

Getting the Most Out of Your Church Management Software

I just published a new article that's my attempt to put my finger on the reason so many churches and ministries are dissatisfied with their church management software.  The blame rests on the CMS providers and on the churches and ministries; and I offer suggestions on how each can help improve the situation.

You can download a free PDF preview of the article by clicking here!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yup! I Bought Another Mac!

I may be one of the most misunderstood people in IT:
  • Since mid-2008 I have been using a MacBook Pro.  Most of my colleagues are still getting over that, not sure if I'm going through midlife crisis and trying to look cool, or if I've 'gone over to the dark side' (their words exactly!).
  • I've written a number of articles objectively analyzing the Mac, and because I don't wholeheartedly love it, many Mac evangelists hate me and write long documents trying to prove I am its enemy.
But in an article earlier this year I said I like the Mac!  I just haven't drank the Kool-Aid!  Here's exactly what I said:
Would I Buy Another Mac?
I'm asked that question a lot!  Because of the job I have, the answer is yes.  I could not support our clients' Mac users without one.  If I were buying a personal computer, the answer is probably yes.  Because they are nice to look at, if I had the extra cash to do so, I probably would!

When asked that question, I tell people the objective facts as I've explained them [in this article].  When I ask them if that matches the perception they had of the Mac, they always say no!  My next question is usually, "And what other commercials and marketing hype do you totally believe?"

Well, this month was the time for me to get a new computer, and I bought another Mac!