CiviCRM is one of the core offerings of our company. Remaining close to the CiviCRM community is important to us, as it keeps us close to new developments in the tool, and allows us to offer our feedback for new releases.
The CiviCRM community is a great place for support, to exchange ideas and to contribute back. Working with other developers or users has often allowed me to pool our resources together and lower our costs, while ensuring better quality since there were more people using it.
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.
I have consistently found the CiviCRM community to be welcoming, inclusive and supportive, and this has inspired me to want to become a part of it. It is great that the open source community allows everyone to benefit from the contributions that each of us is able to make, and I am making my own contributions as I can.
As a software product, CiviCRM is powerful, versatile and extensible and is enjoying active development and growth by the community that uses it.
In New York City we have been fortunate to have had in person user group meetings. It has been useful to CiviCRM see case studies presented by companies and individuals. To learn about how people use and customize CiviCRM for different types of organizations. It is also useful to meet in person other implementers, developers and users to work with on professional and volunteer projects. I think it is also important and fulfilling to try to share knowledge and resources with others to help sustain the community and project.
CiviCRM is seamleassly integrated in Drupal, the world's leading social publishing system. This Open Source combination allows for the most flexible solutions while enjoying continously improved CRM-standards that shorten the time-to-market span of your individual demands.
CiviCRM has one of the most active and friendliest communities I have come across. From initial tentative forum posts I was encouraged into engaging more actively through IRC and directly with other groups & individuals and am now happy to count many community members as friends. I recently found an article on the web that said if you post a question about CiviCRM anywhere on the web Lobo will post an answer within a few hours. It often feels like that is true.
One of the most valuable way in which the community supports me is by allowing me to bounce my ideas around and often someone is able to suggest an approach which is better than mine.