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Several employees from Slalom Consulting spent over three hours at Amundsen High School on a Friday morning at the end of the school year. This meant bells ringing every class period, music pounding between periods to motivate students to arrive to their next class on time...

This post was originally published on Built In Chicago. From teenagers starting high school to adults well past their intern days, job-seekers of all ages are offered a seemingly useless piece of advice: volunteer. But can volunteering really help build skills and provide a credible line on...

The students of Chicago Math and Science Academy and Amundsen High School started their week with some serious inspiration. Three wonderful achievers, Chandrika Shrinivasan and Anusha Challa of TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) and Miguel Guerra of CDW shared their stories of struggle, determination, education and success with over 115 students at the two schools. Miguel’s story is one of choosing the right path when facing a fork in the road. Miguel himself had started down a bad path early in life, struggling to keep a job and even spending time in jail. But he knew it was not too late to make a change. Now he’s an IT consulting engineer deploying wireless networks around the country. Guerra never received a college degree but worked to obtain nine certifications that help him in his work today. 

[caption id="attachment_113" align="alignright" width="300"] Students were tasked with developing an app to solve a problem faced in schools.[/caption] Thirteen juniors and seniors from Kenwood Academy High School participated in a career site visit at Accenture. They spent five hours with top Accenture employees to better understand...

CloudMany nonprofits have an information technology infrastructure that has developed over time. There's a mail server and a server — maybe more than one — for sharing files. Over time, you've updated the software and replaced the hardware, but it's still basically the same thing it was 10 or more years ago. Meantime, a good deal of your work takes place outside the office. You're expected to read email 23 hours a day. Many of your staff work from home, either all the time or from time-to-time.  You need to answer the phone whether you're in the office or not. Making that work with your 10+ year old technology architecture is difficult. How is the cloud the answer to this problem?  Let's step back and do a little definition.  "Cloud" is a word to describe things delivered as a service. Email is a service. File storage is a service. File sharing is a service. Collaboration is a service. Telephony is a service. The key word here is "delivered." The services are delivered to you wherever you are on whatever device you want to use. Service providers don't care if you're using a Mac, a PC, an Android phone, an iPhone, or a tablet. Their business is to deliver the service to you, at your convenience. The Google Cloud is a basket of services. Among the services are mail, file storage, and collaborative or traditional file sharing. Google also has personal and shared calendars, personal and shared contacts, and dozens of other services. Google delivers them to you via your web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Thunderbird, Safari, etc.) or native apps on your smartphone or tablet. Google mail, contacts and calendars also work with most desktop email programs like Outlook, mail.app, and Thunderbird.  Google Voice is Google's telephony service. You can get a free Google Voice number and have it ring multiple phones.  Voice messages are automatically transcribed and emailed to you as text, plus you can download the message as an mp3 file. Google Hangouts, part of Google+, let meet with your remote staff "face to face" via video conferencing.