Jason Samuels is the director of innovation and technology at the National
Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in Minneapolis. NCFR is a nonprofit
professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families.
Its goal is to bring together theory and academic research in the field of
family science with therapists who are working directly with families to help
them solve their problems. The organization has over 3,500 members, including
academic researchers, educators, counselors, and marriage and family
Samuels is what nonprofits often refer to as an "accidental techie." He joined
NCFR in 2005 as an administrative assistant and is now the organization's
primary IT person, supporting 15 staff members.
He manages the organization's website, databases, desktop support, social
media, webinars, newsletter, IT network, training, and new program
development, including integrating new information technology tools. Samuels
describes his work as "developing tools at the intersection of programs and
## Opening a Door to the Cloud
As Samuels writes in his personal blog, he knew that NCFR was due for a major
reinvestment in server hardware in 2015. To understand if moving some of the
organization's core systems to the cloud would be a feasible alternative, he
attended a free consultation ...