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A slice of Pi for everyone!

raspberry-pi-logoFinally, some movement on the Raspberry Pi front.  I am proud to have been part of this initial launch.  There are so many possibilities for this product out there, especially in the education market.  We have only just seen the beginning…. just imagine what people will be able to do with a $35 computer!

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Differences between HIPAA and SOX

By · March 11, 2013 · Filed in General IT Related, Medical Related · No Comments »

hipaasoxComing from an IT background in the medical field and dealing with HIPAA compliancy issues, I was recently asked about my experience with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulations and how the two relate.  I had never really put the two side by side and quickly did an analytical comparison.  I started to think about the broad scope and spectrum of the two areas and wanted to share my thoughts with you on this.

In a nutshell, SOX defines which business records that an organization or a company must store and it also dictates how long those records must be stored.  HIPAA, however, breaks down who can view these stored documents and/or records and when the data must be destroyed.

In regards to SOX, an interesting comparison I found explains that “The SEC doesn’t care if you leak the information, you just can’t modify it.”  With database administration it is very important that your data doesn’t get inserted, updated or deleted without somebody knowing about it and having a paper trail or an audit trail to prove everything (event log manager).  On the other side of that coin, HIPAA is mostly concerned about the leaking of that data and the privacy that goes along with it.  Both regulations requires an IT department to lock down their database servers (and all areas of IT, for that matter) so that it is a secure environment with no points of rogue entry.

In the past I have used a couple of software tools that will actually dig deep into the system Oracle or SQL databases (in addition to your servers / Active Directory) and audit settings, polices and procedures that would put you at risk for a bad situation and report deficiencies so that one can act on them.  I also find it important that if you work in one of these highly regulated environments, it is in your best interest to perform these internal audits every couple of months to make sure you stay on top of your “A” game.  Sharing these results and making recommendations with your shareholders and getting their input greatly puts their minds at ease and assures them that you are doing your job.

An additional and yet very important area that one needs to concentrate on would be “change management” and the systems, policies and procedures that need to be in place to make this a reliable and secure part of your business operation.  Secondly, if you live in a disaster prone area, you need to focus in on disaster recovery planning as you need to make sure your required stored documents are safe and secure no matter what event interrupts your workflow.  All of this would be encompassed by your risk management plan and would be an area that would need constant monitoring.  Make sure all the stakeholders are aware of the risks involved with not having a proper system in place and don’t be afraid to report on any deficiencies that you might find.

This is a very large topic and obviously I have only given you a 30,000 foot view.   Those of you who are making a transition between industries where these two regulations apply, hopefully this will give you a quick idea of items you need to start paying attention to and areas of concentration to prepare for you next audit.

 

 

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Open source software in a corporate environment

By · March 7, 2013 · Filed in General IT Related · No Comments »

Recently, I was consulting for a company that was having some issues with their servers and seemed to be having a hard time staying ahead of the problem.  I immediately noticed that they were being reactive instead of proactive in their strategies.  Although they didn’t see this as an issue, I have always been a firm believer in being a “fire prevention specialist” instead of a “fire-fighter.”  After all, who wants to constantly be putting out fires?  It is stressful, unproductive and certainly unprofessional.

After further examination, I realized that one of the root causes of their system failure was a monitoring system they had in place which was open source.  A company that relies on critical systems and guaranteed up-time needs to have an effective, reliable system in place to do the job.  When it comes to cost, this is an area that one should not be cutting corners.  I think the 30,000 foot view of this situation exposed the fact that they were not doing proper risk management which would have helped to identify the root cause of the situation.

When I got home, I started thinking about open source software and all the good and bad things that are associated with this type of solution.  In my research to help me solidify my thoughts further, I ran across this article which I think you will enjoy and help YOU determine if open source solutions are right for YOUR business:

ARTICLE: Open Source vs. Proprietary Software

 

 

 

 

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Make your own medical devices (as seen on CNN)

By · July 11, 2012 · Filed in General IT Related, Medical Related · 1 Comment »

This morning I got up and saw a brief intro for a story that will air on CNN this Sunday. This concept is exactly what I am trying to do over at AT-Needs.com only Mr. Gomez-Marquez’s mission is in the area of low cost, DIY medical devices.  I am very impressed with their initiative, but then again, it is MIT!

Jose Gomez-Marquez is the Program Director for Innovations in International Health at MIT and heads up the Little Devices group, where he uses toy parts to create inexpensive medical devices for developing countries.

You must go check this out… here is the CNN web page that contains the story.
http://whatsnext.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/30/make-your-own-medical-device-why-not/

This is being developed through the “Little Devices Group” at MIT. 

The Little Devices group explores the design, invention, and policy spaces for DIY health technologies around the world

Here is that link:  http://littledevices.org/

And last but not least, the Little Devices Network is a proud member of the Innovations in International Health.

The Innovations in International Health innovation platform aims to accelerate the development of global health technologies in a multidisciplinary research environment addressing the needs of patients and physicians in resource-poor settings.

Here is the link for their organization:
http://iih.mit.edu/

Really, really, really (really!) exciting stuff and I hope to become involved with some of their projects and concepts.  I would like for them to extend their concept into areas which I have passions for, which is assistive technology.

Stay tuned here as I have been recently inspired to create new things and make big differences in people’s lives!

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Launching A New D.I.Y. Assistive Technology Section

At the start of the new year I am finally going to launch the D.I.Y (Do It Yourself) Assistive Technology section of the website.  This will be an exciting new area where we can all collaborate and find solutions for others that either don’t exist or that might be too costly to purchase.

This sounds easier than it really is.  No one person (especially me) has all the answers so I am calling on all of you to participate.  This is the only way that it is going to work and become successful.

I AM COUNTING ON YOU!

Please drop me an email at skip@skipkimpel.com if you would like to be part of this movement and are interested in partaking in a life change opportunity.  As soon as things get moving I will drop you an email as a reminder to come back and visit.

I look forward to seeing you back here again soon!

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Unfollow Twitter users who do not follow you!

By · February 22, 2010 · Filed in General IT Related, Marketing, Non-Profit · No Comments »

Ever built up your Twitter list and found yourself at your “twitter threshold?” I have searched out many tools in the past and never found that “perfect” tool.

In addition, not too long ago, Twitter changed their API so that you could not unfollow a large group of people!  So, when I found this tool, I was quite happy.

It will log into your Twitter account, find everybody that you follow that does not follow you and then YOU have the choice to unfollow the people you wish.

Simple and straight to the point!!

Unfollow Twitter users who do not follow you!

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2010 Florida Fundraising with Social Media Conference

By · February 9, 2010 · Filed in General IT Related · No Comments »

Here is an article about me about an event I am speaking at on February 19th. Are you a non-profit in South Florida? Want to come see me and some other top industry experts speak on social networking for non-profits?

Skip Kimpel to be featured at 2010 Florida Fundraising with social media conference Social media “guru”, Skip Kimpel, will be a featured speaker at the 2010 Florida Fundraising with Social Media Conference in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 19, 2010

Skip Kimpel has been actively involved in the Internet since the Internet first started and has owned his own website marketing and software development company for over 10 years. Currently, he serves as IT director for a nonprofit, which serves as a hands-on “laboratory” for his social media theories and practices.

His forthcoming book, Social Networking for Nonprofits: Making it work and making it matter, addresses the special challenges–and opportunities–that nonprofits face in tough economic times. The good news is that social networking is a way to attract millions of new individuals and organizations that share a similar passion related to worthy causes. Kimpel asks the $64,000 question: You’ve heard of Facebook and Twitter, but do you really know how to use these widely acceptable forms of communication to raise money for your organization? And he gives the answer: Fundraising 2.0.

In Kimpel’s words, “From consistent branding to approaching these new concepts with the passion that is needed to succeed, my book will explain to you the steps that need to be taken to make sure your efforts are not wasted. Not only will I enlist you in a Social Networking boot camp, I will explain how it all works together. Once all the elements are in place, you will have an easy-to-use system that is simple to update and keep your followers engaged in your content and your organization. I will also explain the tools involved to make this process work and break it down into simple terms. You will learn little known industry secrets to stay ahead of your competition. This book is for anybody who wants to succeed in today’s Internet market and create a consistent brand. It also explores in detail how an ambitious nonprofit can explore new techniques, new ideas and engage in a fresh attitude of fundraising efforts for very little marketing dollars.”

Come see this event on February 19th! Click here for more info.

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View SkipKimpel.com on your iPhone

By · December 15, 2009 · Filed in General IT Related · No Comments »

SKiphoneI have done quite a bit of work over the past few weeks to convert my website and create an iPhone version of it. So if you have an iPhone, make sure you visit http://www.SkipKimpel.com in your phone’s browser. I am also looking at creating a stand-alone app with some enhanced features.

Currently, you can view the most recent posts in addition to searching the entire blog archive, sending me a message, posting a reply to comments and viewing the About page.  In addition, you can sort my blog entries by date, tags and categories.  If there is video in the post, it will allow you to view it directly from your phone’s browser!

Down the road I do plan on creating an additional stand-alone app that will facilitate my new book, “Social Networking for Non Profits” including the ability to read the book, listen to audio comments and view video additions.

Take it for a spin and let me know what YOU would like to see and how I can make it easier to serve the type of information that you need and the best format for it.  I am also curious to see if there are others out there that would like to see additional mobile formats including Blackberry and other smart phones.

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The 2010 Fundraising with Social Media Conference

By · December 14, 2009 · Filed in General IT Related · No Comments »

Successful fundraising with social media
For Nonprofits ONLY!

“How you can raise money with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & other social media”

The 2010 Fundraising with Social Media Conference sponsored by “The Forum for Nonprofits”

When: February 19, 2010

Where:The Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek,
555 NW 62nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Guest Speakers Include:
Skip Kimpel, Katya Andresen, Peter Panepento, Brian Ross Lee and Dr. Stephen L. Goldstein

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To register for this event online, please CLICK HERE

Click here for a PDF version of the above registration form

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Radio interview about fundraising with Social Networking

By · December 14, 2009 · Filed in General IT Related, Marketing, Non-Profit, Podcasts · No Comments »

CLICK HERE TO PLAY: Skip Kimpel Radio Interview

radio-microphoneGet a sneak peak at the upcoming Fundraising with Social Media conference on February 19 at the Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek, presented by the Forum for Nonprofits. Listen to Katya Andresen of Network for Good in Washington, D.C. discuss the role of social media in a nonprofit’s overall fundraising plan and how to set the proper goals for success. Skip Kimpel, the author of Social Networking for Nonprofits and another conference presenter, talks about how to blend together various social media tools and other ways to save time and increase effectiveness. For more information on the Social Media Conference, click here (PDF), or email trendsman@aol.comYou may also register online for this event

CLICK HERE TO PLAY: Skip Kimpel Radio Interview

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