About Daniel Fierro

As a Technical Writer at Abila, I help translate software code and design into a documentation tool used for completing value added tasks needed to track nonprofit, association, and government business activities. While I love the technical aspects of my job, I also enjoy writing poetry and screenplays. I have a BA in English from the University of Rhode Island and an MS in Communications from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. In my travels across the U.S., I have worked as a newspaper columnist and reporter, software configuration manager, short order cook, dishwasher, and carnival barker. I recently left the ice and snow of New England, for the sun and fun of Florida, where I now work out of Abila's Maitland office.

The Challenges of Combining Computer Network Security Systems


A computer network is secured by using a combination of policies and best practices designed to thwart the evil intentions of those who would steal your valuable information. Those entitled to access your information would generally have unique credentials allowing them to pass through the computer network security and use the computer’s programs required to …

Determining the Best Way to Merge Computer Networks


Constant change in the business landscape dictates a need to merge disparate business networks into a single functioning computerized system. Cost and personal preferences aside, there’s a methodology that can be used to more efficiently combine separate computer networks.

Think of system integration as the process of combining different systems, and sub-systems, into a single functioning …

Are Nonprofits and Associations Susceptible to Cyberattacks?


You’ve clicked the link to your favorite website – maybe it’s one you rely on daily to get your work accomplished, or maybe it’s even your nonprofit’s or association’s site. You wait for the initial screen to display on your monitor or mobile device. Your attention is pulled away momentarily (multitasking?) and then you return …

Managing the Message Board


A message board is an internet-based website people use to discuss topics, or threads, of common interest. These topics can be categorized so users can more easily search and find topics relevant to their area of interest. Depending on how the message board is set up, users may have to register and become part of …

Six Ways to Collect Member Feedback


Want to know what your members, donors, or other constituents think about you? Ask!

Collecting and acting upon constituent feedback is important for associations and nonprofits, because it can provide insight into improving members’ and donors’ experiences, thus increasing satisfaction, engagement, and retention. And, besides being a great way to measure satisfaction, collecting feedback can also help you …

Playing it SAF(e) with Agile


One size does not always fit all. A strategy that works with T-shirts and other types of clothing may not be what is best for your organization. This is true for Agile Methodology. Whereas, the basic Agile principles may always apply to your development business needs, how you specifically apply these principles to your day-to-day …

Master of the (Agile) Scrum


In rugby, a scrum is where the players restart play on opposing sides, bodies interlocked and heads down, pushing forward and trying to gain possession of a ball by kicking it backward towards their own side of the field. My favorite definition of scrum is, “A disordered or confused situation involving a number of people.” When …

Using Demographics Data to Uncover Patterns


Picture the final scene of the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” where, much to Indiana Jones’ dismay, the Ark of the Covenant is crated and tucked away among thousands of other crates of artifacts the government did not want found. Now, picture the opening of the latest installment of the “Raiders” movie franchise and …

Making the Transition from Desktop Computer to Smartphone


Recently, my notebook computer started to fail. Actually, the notebook’s hardware is fine. It’s just that its little processor heart can’t seem to keep up with the newer operating system and application software I’ve loaded onto it over the course of the last few years.

Reflexively, I reached for my smartphone and started browsing for a …

Go Mobile or Go Home: Adding Another “M” to Commerce


The only constant is change. That is to say, things are constantly changing. Just when you think you’ve got a full grasp on the internet and all the possibilities it brings, along comes a paradigm shift that moves the game from the home or office. Now, instead of using e-commerce through the internet, we can …