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.
At Pogstone, Inc. we love CiviCRM! The community has been great and inclusive. The idea of open-source allows us to stay on par with large, proprietary companies. We offer installation of CiviCRM, training and hosting.
As a consulting organization working primarily with non-profit organizations the CiviCRM community helps us solve issues for the organizations we work with. The CiviCRM community is a great resource to share ideas and solutions to help the organizations we work with focus on accomplishing their mission.
Implemented CiviCRM in 2011 now use it as a complete CRM solution for the organisation. Looking to extend its use in the next 12 months though the use of Civi PCP;s and Civi HR and deeper web integration.
I'm quite impressed with the responsiveness of the CiviCRM community, both from the core developers and many experienced users who have quickly provided answers and ideas in areas where I just needed that extra insight, or where we needed to do something totally new. After several years working with open source software, I'm finding the CiviCRM community to be the most responsive and helpful I've seen.
We make CiviCRM one of our primary offerings because it just provides so much right out of the box that our clients need, without a line of custom code. And when we need to extend it for the clients' unique needs, the APIs and programming hooks let us add in features that would be impossible in some other systems. This means we can provide great value to our clients with quick turnaround times and reasonable budgets, which is great for our clients and for us.
This post is the first in a series that will present results from the CiviCRM statistics project. It will focus on better framing the organizations that use CiviCRM. Further posts will explore the technologies used to run CiviCRM, the software development process, the CiviCRM community and communications, and lift the hood on how our statistics are created and processed.
CiviDay Cologne (or Köln, as the city is called in German) was a pretty lively gettogether of CiviCRM old-timers and newcomers. It was hosted by Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst and SYSTOPIA Organisationsberatung. With 16 participants it showed healthy interest in CiviCRM in (western) Germany. After all, this was the first meetup of its kind in the Cologne-Bonn area, and CiviCRM usage and community networks in Germany generally still have some room to grow. So we are already planning on follow-up user meetings since a strong community will be the key to CiviCRM's success here.
In the UK we’re used to being able to lookup our addresses based on our postcodes and charities add this to their wish lists for their own sites. However, once they establish the costs associated with this, they often find the ROI isn’t in the black and drop the idea.
Unfortunately it's not as simple as just coming up with ideas and waiting for a check from Google. As a community, CiviCRM has to apply to even be part of the program. We are still looking for both more project ideas and more mentors to include in CiviCRM's application to be a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code 2014.
I've been told this blog post was too long. So the tl;dr summary is that organizations with project ideas and developers interested in mentoring a Google Summer of Code student should add their ideas and information to Google Summer of Code 2014 Wiki.
My first project with CiviCRM goes back to 2006, when I had to deploy a solution to track and report the activities of 25 volunteer activity centers. It ran a beta version of CiviCRM 1.7. It was rather basic, the implementation had a lot of custom code, but it worked. There were a few issues, however, and one of them was that the French translation was incomplete.
This blogpost about our way to finish CiviCRM Hungarian transaltion work. The transaltion started two times earlier and reached 15% level. During half year effort we could finish it, using Transifex webtool. Best what happend from finish date, some Hungarian cilvil organizations started their CiviCRM projects.
Submitted by Dave Greenberg on October 7, 2013 - 14:06
With the upcoming release of 4.4 and a series of "super extensions" like CiviHR, CivVolunteer and CiviBooking - the power and importance of extensions in the CiviCRM ecosystem is on the rise. A group of us met at the UK sprint today to discuss some of the improvements in the technical and human infrastructure to help ensure that more folks are aware of extensions, that more extensions are shared, and that extensions can be made available in multiple languages.
Submitted by alejandro_salgado on September 6, 2013 - 01:10
Last January we shared here that the Spanish - Mexico (MX) translation project of CiviCRM was completed thanks to the community of translators. Even though this was a huge accomplishment, other challenges remained.
Having the Spanish - Mexico (MX) project translated was great, but definitely not enough.