Friday, March 28, 2014

Microsoft Retires Support for Windows XP April 8, 2014

Dear Aidmatrix Partner,
At Aidmatrix, our goal is to create and sustain success for your humanitarian relief supply chain efforts. Part of that work is to provide you with transparent information about factors that may impact your environment.

Topic: Microsoft Announces End of Support for Windows XP beginning April 8, 2014

Since Windows XP will no longer supported by Microsoft as of April 8, 2014, Aidmatrix will no longer be testing or supporting PCs that are running Windows XP after that same date. This includes PCs running our SCM4Good Offline Mode and includes all of our platforms of products.

Please begin taking the necessary steps to upgrade any PCs running Windows XP that are used to work with Aidmatrix' SCM4Good, SCM4Giving, and SCM4Hunger (including AgencyExpress, DonorExpress, and Choice) platforms so that you are ready prior to the April 8, 2014 deadline.

Contact your Aidmatrix account manager if you have further questions.

For more details on Microsoft's announcement

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CARE Kenya & CARE Chad Go Live with Aidmatrix SCM4Good Technology

CARE Chad Officially Live on the Aidmatrix SCM4Good Warehouse Module French-only Implementation for 6 Warehouses Throughout Country
The Aidmatrix SCM4Good team is proud to also announce that CARE Chad is officially live on the SCM4Good Warehouse Module for 6 warehouses throughout the country. The first transaction on the system was made at 15:40 on 14 February at the Gore warehouse location. CARE Chad is the first French-only implementation for Aidmatrix SCM4Good. This is a GREAT achievement for CARE and Aidmatrix, and country for CARE that is live with Aidmatrix SCM4Good. 

Learn more about Aidmatrix SCM4Good

CARE Kenya Now Live with SCM4Good Asset Module
CARE Kenya is now live with the new SCM4Good Asset Module. "We entered the first asset to the Asset Registry about 2 hours ago. This is the first transaction ever for the module so lots of excitement by the team to be making history," stated Shari Temple, Aidmatrix Global SCM Senior Principal. CARE Kenya is the first country to use the Aidmatrix SCM4Good Asset Module, and it has been a significant tool to improve their asset management.

The Asset Admin Officer for CARE Kenya was asked after entering the first transaction what he liked about the system, he responded “history, history, history” and went on to say that this was something they never could have with Excel.

Learn more about our SCM4Good Asset Module


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MedShare and HOPE Worldwide Philippines Provide Medical Relief to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Our partners at MedShare were recently able to provide 5 pallets of medical supplies to HOPE worldwide Philippines to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. They were able to transport the medical supplies to the victims thanks to the Aidmatrix International Transportation Program, a web portal technology and supporting program infrastructure which aims to match freight forwarders with the needs of INGOs. This particular move was donated by our partner at UPS.

The medical supplies were distributed from February 20-22 throughout the municipality of Daanbantayan, in the province of Cebu, the Philippines, located at the northern tip of Cebu island. This region was heavily damaged by Typhoon Haiyan, and the recovery is slow, but these medical supplies and the other aid being provided to the residents of Daanbantayan are helping the survivors to be empowered again. 

"All of us at MedShare thank you so much for the generous donation of shipping the 5 pallets of medical supplies and medicines to Cebu for us shortly after Typhoon Haiyan struck. The recipient of the donated supplies, a charity called Hope worldwide Philippines, just sent us back a beautiful report on the distribution and impact of the donated supplies and medicines around the Daanbantayan region.Without UPS and Aidmatrix’s generous donation of the free airfreight, this donation never would have been possible," stated Amanda Paniagua, Shipments Manager for MedShare.

Some of the donated medical supplies included surgical masks, syringes, medical gloves, assorted medicines, dextrose hoses and gauze sponges.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS Winner of 2nd Annual Aidmatrix Technology Innovation Award: Digital Makeover

The winners of the 2nd annual Technology Innovation Award:Digital Makeover were announced in front of 600+ guests at the 2nd annual Aidmatrix Digital Ball fundraising gala at Dallas Market Center last November. The 2013 grand-prize winner was MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS, an organization that creates both local and global service projects for children, empowering them to change the world by helping others. New Friends New Life, an organization that restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children, received the runner-up prize.

As the grand-prize winner, MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS will receive a social media makeover to help the organization build a more robust online presence, enhancing the organization’s reach and advancing its mission of building the next generation of leaders, volunteers and philanthropists. Other options for the grand prize included a new website/website redesign, a website upgrade to HTML5, website mobile enablement, stable & secure assessment, or online event management tool. As runner-up, New Friends New Life will receive the Aidmatrix online event management suite, to help the organization more effectively manage fundraising events via a single online solution. 

Aidmatrix takes great pride in this worthy cause of honoring local Texas nonprofits and the Technology Innovation Award is a noteworthy element of the Aidmatrix Digital Ball evening. The 2013 award was sponsored by Accenture, with additional support from Microsoft and Avanade. Aidmatrix was honored to receive so many qualified applications for the Award’s second year, and received many worthy and compelling Texas nonprofit applications. 

After a preliminary round of assessments, the TIA Judging Panel reviewed and scored the applicants to determine three finalists. During the in-person judging session, the three finalists made a presentation to the judging panel, followed by a brief Q&A session. With three outstanding contenders, choosing the prize recipients was challenging, but the judges were able to evaluate each of the finalists and name the grand-prize and runner-up winners of the 2013 Award. 

The panel of judges included representatives from Accenture, Avanade and Microsoft, along with Steve Holland of 7-Eleven, Inc., Michael Dunn of Dex Media, Relle Howard of Flowserve, Barbara Adams and Edward Marx of Texas Health Resources, and Travis Crenshaw of United Surgical Partners International.

Representatives from both organizations were in attendance at the Aidmatrix Digital Ball, where their names were announced on-stage during the event presentation. Both organizations have begun development for their respective prizes, and Aidmatrix looks forward to sharing the results of their successes and impact in the coming months.