Any cloud or this cloud?

Let's say you've heard about this ambiguous idea dubbed "the cloud," and let's say you're in tune with the idea of running your organization on applications that don't reside on your computers, or within your premises.  With those givens, what specifically can ShalomCloud do for you? Let's run through a few real-world examples: You're the … Continue reading Any cloud or this cloud?

Handling Yahrzeits

The Hebrew calendar is tricky.  Seven years in each nineteen-year cycle, an extra month is added.  Furthermore, months can vary in number of days, from year to year. Special care is needed for cases where The congregant knows only the Hebrew month and day, but not the year The Hebrew month is one of varying … Continue reading Handling Yahrzeits

Import and Export

An opinion based on decades of dealing with programs and users (please forgive the virtual yelling): It's your data.  Your should be able to extract it into a spreadsheet at any time. Too often, purveyors of software make you a prisoner of their environment, because your data is locked inside their database.  As a trivial … Continue reading Import and Export

Announcing — Member Portal, Part II

As of last post, congregants could update their demographic information--name, address, phone, email, birthday, et al.--and could pull statements for any time interval.   Added to that capability, members can enter financial activity directly into the system. They can view outstanding pledges, contribute new funds, and even place a credit on file.  They would choose … Continue reading Announcing — Member Portal, Part II

Newest Feature — the Member Portal

Now available--individuals can access their information directly.  This first rollout of the user portal has two capabilities: Maintain your own demographic information--name and address, anniversary date, birthdays, cell phones and email addresses, Bar/Bat Mitzvah dates, et al. Bring up your up-to-the-minute statement, showing all outstanding balances, and all payments during a time interval of your … Continue reading Newest Feature — the Member Portal

Have you considered QuickBooks Online?

Apparently many synagogues use QuickBooks for their general ledger, with their chosen synagogue software acting as a subledger feeding into QuickBooks periodically.  While many synagogue leaders understand the benefits of cloud-based synagogue management software, they often cling to desktop-based accounting software.  This is non-optimal. Perhaps it's not widely known that a cloud-based version of QuickBooks, … Continue reading Have you considered QuickBooks Online?

Free web hosting for affiliates of URJ

Last week's post mentioned free web hosting available for affiliates of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism.  Fortunately, there is a parallel offering for affiliates of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Visit the Marketing and Communications page on the URJ site, and scroll down a bit to the section entitled Websites.  There you can … Continue reading Free web hosting for affiliates of URJ

Free web hosting for affiliates of USCJ

The reader should be aware that the USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism) offers free web hosting for its affiliates.  In addition, they make available about half a dozen free WordPress themes.  If you haven't  heard of WordPress, let's just say that it's free software that is used on about 23% of the web sites … Continue reading Free web hosting for affiliates of USCJ

What to consider when evaluating software

Whether acquiring software initially to solve an unmet need, or considering replacement for an existing, but inadequate solution, here are several ideas to consider and evaluate: How would conversion to the software happen?  For example, can data be initially loaded via spreadsheet, or must it be entered manually? Can data within the system be easily … Continue reading What to consider when evaluating software

Seven reasons to use cloud software

Nothing to install on desktop/laptop machines No server software to maintain and, eventually, replace Saves the cost of having a local hardware company maintain and patch your on-premises machine Software upgrades available automatically--no local upgrades required Device independence Frees you from having to perform periodic backups and having data available in case of a contingency … Continue reading Seven reasons to use cloud software