CiviCon 2015 Call for Presentations

CiviCon 2015 in Denver is right around the corner -- April 22-23, 2015. The Program Committee is now opening a call for presentations to invite members of the CiviCRM community to present topics of interest during the conference. If you are interested in presenting at CiviCon, please visit the session submission form, review the guidelines outlined there, and submit your presentation: https://denver2015.civicrm.org/node/add/session

Cron for Joomla 2.5.18+/J3.2.1+ Users

A number of forum posts popped up over the last week+ with issues running the system cron job. The cron would report the user/password is incorrect and unable to authenticate, even though the credentials were correct. The issues started to arise around the time v4.4.4 was released so most people thought it was due to changes in that release.

Advocating for the Public

Approximately two years ago, the New York City Public Advocate (NYCPA) began the process of implementing CiviCRM as their constituent case tracking solution. Working with New York City-based Rayogram, Albany-based Lighthouse Consulting & Design, and influenced in part by the New York Senate’s implementation, the office undertook the process of migrating data from a legacy system and configuring the required functionality in CiviCRM.
 
The result is the basis for all communication tracking with constituents -- the people of New York City.
 
Providing flexible, efficient, yet powerful tools for managing interaction with organization constituents is at the heart of the CiviCRM application. This intent is visibly realized in the work of the Public Advocate’s office.
 

CiviCRM at JoomlaDay NYC

 

If you are a Joomla+CiviCRM user or implementer in the New York City region, you may be interested in some upcoming sessions at JoomlaDay NYC, September 22-23. Details are here: http://www.joomladaynyc.com/

On Saturday I'll be leading an Intro to CiviCRM session that will provide an overview of CiviCRM functionality and touch on some key administrator/implementer considerations.

On Sunday we'll do a developer session that covers implementing CiviCRM hooks through Joomla plugins, PHP/tpl override directories, and an introduction to the API.

If anyone from the CiviCRM community is considering attending and has specific things they'd like to see covered, please comment through this blog and I'll see if I can work it in.

New/Updated Joomla Extensions

For Joomla users out there, you may be interested in a few new and updated 3rd party extensions that provide integration with CiviCRM. A semi-complete list of available extensions with their descriptions can be found here: http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/Joomla%21+Extensions+for+CiviCRM+%283rd+party%29

Of particular interest are a few for Joomla 1.6+ users:

    Case Improvement Ideas

    I've been working through case configuration with a few clients over the last several months and have run into a few areas where I think the functionality could be improved. The core team asked that I outline it for the community to see if other groups experience similar workflows and would benefit from these changes.

    CiviCRM and Google Summer of Code

    CiviCRM is considering applying to be a mentoring organization in Google's Summer of Code program (GSOC). If you're not familiar with GSOC, you should be! (http://socghop.appspot.com/) -- it's a fantastic program that can jointly help open source projects advance development, while encouraging students to become involved in the open source community. The basic thrust of the program is that Google sponsors students (monetary stipend) to work on projects for open source software.