Tentative Technology Conference Sessions
These sessions are subject to change
2010 Session Schedule is now available for download here.
Advanced Data Analyzer Techniques Training
Business Objects (BO) Web Intelligence is a user-friendly tool that enables you to analyze Personify data with ease. BO Universes conceal the complexity of Personify’s underlying database, making it easy for non-technical business users to query their Personify data. Because no knowledge of relational databases or SQL is required, users can get up-to-speed with building basic reports quickly. Advanced tasks, such as manipulating data across universes, often require the application of relational database concepts to the BO environment.
This workshop is designed to empower you with the knowledge and skills to manipulate universe data to achieve desired results. Specifically, the session will apply relational database concepts to tasks in BO and will instruct you how to:
The session assumes that you have a working knowledge of Personify and can construct basic queries in Data Analyzer from a single universe.
- merge data across universes
- join queries within a universe
- build powerful expressions
Business Process Improvement
Information Technology ("IT") is not just about buying and deploying hardware and software; it is about providing the right tools and processes for people so that they can perform their function effectively and efficiently. Based on work done at several councils, this session will equip you with the knowledge to map, analyze and improve your business processes. The session will start with the basics of Business Process Improvement ("BPI") and lead into tools and techniques including an overview of Business Process Modeling Notation ("BPMN"). The second half of the session will be more interactive and will include a real life example focusing on membership and other key operational areas for the councils.
Changes to Staffing When Adopting Personify
With the implementation of Personify, staff responsibilities have begun to evolve from a data entry/recordkeeping role into a data-management and data-analysis role. This panel discussion focuses on how councils have enhanced their staffing designs to include new roles, such as Business Analyst and Data Specialist, in order to leverage and optimize the use of this new technology council-wide. In addition to the panel discussion, GSUSA and councils will share real-world sample staffing design concepts.
Communicating with Tech-Savvy Girls and Adults
In order to meet today's girls and adults where they are, you need to get ahead of the technology curve, not just follow it. This discussion focuses on making your Web site a repeat destination, highlighting new membership opportunities through social media, connecting volunteers through blogs and forums, collecting feedback and data via online surveys, using Web analytics to drive decision-making, and creating Web-friendly content.
Data Integrity in Personify
Accurate reporting is everyone's ultimate goal. The best way to achieve this is through a three step process: Ensuring data is entered cleanly using council identified standards, spot checking periodically to detect anomalies, and cleaning up data entry errors if they are found. Join us to gain some tips on best practices employing this three step process and be confident that you will be proactively ensuring the highest level of data integrity at your council.
Engaging Your Target Audience on YourMembership.com
YourMembership.com is a leading global provider of SaaS-model online member communities and web-based membership management software and makes it simple to push organization-wide initiatives to multiple constituent groups and to solicit action from your members. During this session we will discuss why this platform was selected to build the Alumnae list web site for the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary and for evaluating opportunities for Fund Development.
Expanding Your Use of Personify
Personify is a robust and multifaceted enterprise application purchased "off the shelf" and configured to manage Girl Scout business operations. Existing training resources and documentation on Personify focus on key business functions like membership and program registration that are vital for our organization. Personify's base application, however, comes equipped with additional features that have yet to be explored at most councils. In this session we will discuss areas of Personify that are underutilized but available today. Come and learn creative ways to use Personify to manage other aspects of your business!
Financial Reporting from Personify: How to Generate Exactly What You (your auditor, CEO, grants manager) or Anyone Else Wants to Know
One of the more exciting aspects of Personify is its ability to track the financial detail of the day-to-day business of Girl Scouting. But can you get your financial data from the system in a concise and useable format to serve all of your reporting requirements in a timely manner? Take part in this session to drill deeper into the uses and methodology surrounding advanced filters, parameters, building user setups, and leveraging selection criteria and other built-in TRS reporting functions to mine and customize deliverables to serve the needs of your council.
Funding Technology at Your Council
Technology plans are great, but how are you going to pay for all the new equipment, training, and staff that your plan requires? There are no silver bullets when it comes to funding technology, especially during tough economic times. Hear what can be accomplished and share your experiences on this subject with a panel of council representatives who will share their tips and techniques with you. In this session we will discuss:
- How to get started
- How to approach your budget
- How to spot the best deals
- What discounts are available to Girl Scouts and where to get them
- What the pitfalls are and how to avoid them
How to Manage and Improve Customer Support at Your Council
Tired of using phone messages and post-it notes to manage your IT support requests? Join two council representatives who have found and implemented a better way! Explore the benefits of providing world-class support and service throughout your entire council by increasing inter-departmental productivity and cooperation, establishing and growing external business relationships, fostering volunteer and employee satisfaction, instituting service accountability, and implementing workflow management.
InfoScout Data Warehouse
Interested in learning how you can do your own strategic management reporting and analysis across the different genres of the Girl Scout movement? Learn about the data currently available to you in the Data Warehouse that can be used to perform current and historical data analysis. See what data will be available in the upcoming releases. Here is an opportunity to see InfoScout in action!
Introduction to OpSuite: Demo and Implementation Tips from Councils Who Have Already Adopted the Software
In this session we will provide an overview of OpSuite functionality, how it is used to manage multiple locations and registers, how it works with RMS, the implementation process, and how it benefits councils. We will also provide a demo of the system.
Introduction to Personify Reporting
Personify has a very robust set of reporting tools. Join us to discuss the difference between an online report, a TRS process and a WEBI query. Learn about the standard reports that are available for councils, where to find these reports and how to use them. We will also discuss the basics of data analyzer and show how you can use this tool to create custom council-specific reports.
Introduction to Sage MIP
Would you like to see a demo of the Sage MIP Fund Accounting hosted solution? Have you wondered about how easy it is to create financial reporting in the software? Interested in the conversion or implementation processes? Then come to this introductory session to see a brief demo of the most used aspects of MIP, learn how easy it is to create reports, and get questions answered about the implementation project plan for moving to the hosted Sage MIP solution.
IT Consulting for Councils
Join us to learn more about the services GSUSA's IT Consulting group can provide to your council. This is a new model that will assist you in evaluating your current IT processes and give you the tools to create a meaningful strategic IT action plan. Learn more about opportunities for optimizing your current infrastructure. Find out more about the IT Council Community and how you can be part of it, if you are not already. This session will provide an excellent networking opportunity. Participants will be encouraged to engage in open discussion around IT challenges with their sister councils and GSUSA staff.
Measuring Outcomes Using the Online National Program Evaluation System
In January 2005, the Core Business Strategy directed GSUSA “to build the best leadership experience that defines activities and outcomes, is differentiated by age-level, and offers flexible pathways for participation for all girls 5-17.” Hence, the 15 outcomes and the three program processes that form the foundation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) were created. The 15 outcomes help us measure progress toward Girl Scouts’ major long term goal: girls leading with courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. The focus on outcomes has come as a result of increased demands for accountability and the need to promote consistency in program delivery. Just serving girls is not enough to secure funding. A focus on outcomes gives solid evidence of whether we are keeping our promise to girls. It leads to our finding better ways to serve girls, as well as how to better support volunteers. The evidence allows us to speak in one unified voice to current and potential members as well as other stakeholders.
The overall goal of this session will be to inform Councils about the importance of measuring outcomes and to show how to utilize the online National Program Evaluation System (NPES) to effectively measure the leadership outcomes of both girls and adults.
Moving to Personify eBusiness - Panel Discussion
Personify eBusiness brings online, web-based, membership, training, program, and camp registration to members and volunteers in a way that is fully integrated with your back office systems. Hear directly from early adopters about their experience moving from their old online systems (or in some cases, no online system!) to Personify eBusiness. Learn about the processes, challenges, short-cuts, and benefits that these early adopters discovered along the way.
Overview of the Personify Fund Development Module and Demo
In this session we will present some of the key features of Personify's fund development module, how it will integrate with existing membership data, the implementation process and timeframe, and an overview of the data conversion requirements. We will also provide a demo of Personify Fund Development.
Pearl: What Can It Do for Me?
Pearl is an entirely new Girl Scout web platform that will enable two-way communications, project management, community building and content management. This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn how to leverage this new extranet portal to achieve Council goals and lower costs. We will also dive into advanced features and lessons learned post-launch.
Personify Demo and Implementation Planning
Personify is currently in place in over 78 councils, serving as the registration and tracking tool for a myriad of functions. Is your council live on the system, yet you have no idea what it is and how it operates? Is your council on schedule or thinking about moving to Personify? Come to this session and meet the Personify implementation team, view a demonstration of the functionality of the system, and discuss the planning and tools necessary for councils to have a successful rollout to the Personify system.
Technology Solutions for Volunteer Management
Have you been searching for technology solutions to support volunteer recruitment, communication to volunteers, tracking and managing volunteer data, and project management tools for volunteers to use in their communities? In today’s technology-driven world, an organization’s use of technology to support volunteers can impact a volunteer’s experience. In this session, we will discuss low- and no-cost volunteer management technology solutions and will feature an introduction and demo of the Personify Volunteer Module. Representatives from councils will discuss how they have utilized volunteer management technology solutions and the successes and challenges they have met along the way.
Understand and Manage IT Risk
Information Technology is one of the enablers for advancing the Girl Scout mission. Various trends are shifting technology focus from "internal" to "external". Where council exposure was once limited to small, centralized data centers and back office applications such as accounting and membership, councils are now selling merchandise online, fund raising online, outsourcing various services, utilizing hosted or software-as-a-service models, and even employing cloud computing. Today, business critical technology may not be directly managed by, or even owned by the council. This situation requires more risk awareness and focused strategic decision-making than in the past. Learn about technology risks and best practices to mitigate or manage them.
Join us for the opening reception on Friday evening in the beautiful Kraus Gallery at Loews Vanderbilt, Nashville. The gallery features an exclusive selection of artwork by renowned Nashville artist Harold Kraus, including still-lifes, landscapes and florals. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and the beautiful artwork while catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.
Comedy with a Byte
Greg Schwem is a husband, father and a 20-year standup comedy veteran. He has appeared in concert with likes of Jay Leno and Celine Dion and performed his show, “Comedy with a Byte,” for corporations including Microsoft, Cisco Systems and IBM. He is also the author of a book titled "Text Me If You're Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad." Greg’s wife is a "Cookie Mom" for his seven year old daughter’s Brownie troop.
Dutch Dine-Around Restaurant Choices
Saturday evening you can choose to enjoy dinner as part of the Dutch Dine-Around, joining a small group of your colleagues for "Dutch treat" dining at a local restaurant. Grab a few old friends and make new ones while you enjoy great food in a small group setting! Talk about what you have learned at the conference, talk about your pet - or simply sit back and listen to the lively conversation while you enjoy a good meal. If you wish to participate, signup sheets will be available at the conference registration desk on Thursday and Friday. The Dutch Dine-Around will commence on Saturday evening at 6:30. Plan on gathering with your party in the hotel lobby and your "host" will guide you to the restaurant.