CiviCRM is a powerful and flexible tool for providing relationship data management and insight. Equally useful is the active user community that not only encourages contribution, but empowers it as well.
As developers for various OpenSource CRM applications, we learned a lot from CiviCRM on its scalability and ease of customization.
CiviCRM community is truly organic cultivating growth for users and developers.
We wish to continue learning with CiviCRM and to tackle future challenges with CiviCRM.
The community provides excellent forum support, new ideas and feedback on suggestions. The CiviCRM software suits many use cases and allows us to support a large number of diverse UK voluntary sector organisations.
AustLII is the leader in the free access to law movement and has a philospophical bias towards open source systems. After investigating all the other possible major alternatives it seemed logical to turn to CiviCRM. We have software developer resources, and though it is not core business, we may be able to direct some of these resources towards improving CiviCRM for the community.
Submitted by jamienovick on December 18, 2013 - 02:20
Despite having enough on their plate with a few billion kids worth of presents to build, and with Rudolfs unfortunate flu (well why else would he have a red nose?), Santa's little elves over in the UK have been working hard to also bring you a brand new CiviCRM extension/module - CiviBooking! Having now been extensively tested for sleigh management purposes we're really pleased to announce the first stable release available now from the extensions directory.
A few of us have started exploring how we can integrate Doctrine into future versions of CiviCRM. A large part of this work was initiated by Peter Haight from Giant Rabbit who explained his thinking and approach in this blog post on Persistence Refactoring. One of our goals for the next few releases of CiviCRM is to improve the technology backbone that Civi is based on. It made sense to most of us to start from the database layer and then move outwards and using doctrine and working with peter seemed a good logical next step.
We decided to spend 3 weeks (till mid january) on various exploratory sprints and try and answer a few questions and see how things are done in the doctrine/symfony world of things. We also decided to start adopting more scrum - like technques and iterate on a weekly basis. Our goal is to come up with a list of things that we are curious about going forward and work on some potential answers during the week. So without further ado, here are some of the things that we decided to investigate and research this week:
Submitted by ChrisChinchilla on December 11, 2013 - 14:46
At Green Renters we have tried to incorporate as much of what we do into CiviCRM as possible, we figured that there was no point having a central repository of how everyone engages with our organisation if the information wasn't complete, so we sought to consolidate as much of what we do into CiviCRM as possible. This is a post explaining how we incorporated and integrated project management and accounting into our CiviCRM.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on December 2, 2013 - 09:34
The holiday season is almost upon us. So we thought we’d round up a top ten of 2013 to highlight what we have achieved as a community this year. Of course, this is just the tip of the CiviCRM iceberg! We’d love to hear about your achievements in the comments below.
Submitted by ChrisChinchilla on November 28, 2013 - 15:06
This may be a blog post I expand upon later…
I've seen mentions around the interwebs of socialCRM tools for CiviCRM and what I want to know is… Has anyone started any kind of code or prototyping this idea? If not, I may make a start and anyone else interested in lending a hand… Let me know.
Slightly vague in terms of feature set right now, but take a read through the following links to get an idea:
Submitted by Mark Tompsett on November 28, 2013 - 00:19
At the London Meetup last night, the idea of having a CiviCRM co-working day was discussed, so we are certainly planning to do that in London on CiviDay 2014 (Wednesday, January 29th), and wouldn't it be great if the same pattern could be followed around the world. The idea would be that the CiviDay Meetup in the evening would be at the same venue as the Co-Working day, ie that we book a venue for the whole day and into the evening, and that the venue has good wi-fi available and access to refreshments.
Submitted by ChrisChinchilla on November 19, 2013 - 13:43
I love CiviCRM, but sometimes visualising and 'reporting' on data can be a complicated process and personally I think the Drupal Views module is a perfect way of easily generating listings and reports that can be filtered, sorted and manipulated on the fly by non-technical users.
Currently, Views intergration is pretty good but there's more work to do and I'm taking over the views maintenance of CiviCRM, to not only fix bugs, but also add enhahncements and features.
Down here in Bristol, we’ve been putting more bones on the video project and talking to lots of people who want to be involved, so we thought we would give you an update on how things are progressing and what we need from the community at this point in helping developing the plans for the future.