Sheila Burkett is the first winner of a copy of Using CiviCRM from Packt Publishing. Packt is running a promotional contest where you just have to post into the forum or email them to qualify to win a copy of the book.
Here's some more information about the book from the Press Release:
Using CiviCRM is the first commercially published book on CiviCRM, and came out in February 2011. It will teach readers to build a CRM that conforms to their needs and to integrate it with Drupal or Joomla!. Written by...Read more
As 3.3. goes live it’s great to see a couple of Make-it-Happen initiatives included in it. The Make-it-Happen initiative was born out of my frustration at the difficulties of getting things into CiviCRM that were useful for everyone but not funded by any ONE organisation.
Since launching it we've managed to get a couple of long-wanted de-dupe improvements in - now in 3.3 you can make CiviCRM REMEMBER that John Smith from Widgimootha and John Smith from Aalberg are different people. For those of us who have been round the loop of running a de-dupe search, choosing two contacts to merge, merging them, and suddenly discovering than you can't navigate back to the duplicate listing page there's still quite a bit of scope for improvement so consider making a contribution to the 'prev-next' initiative
But, the Xmas present...Read more
Being able to efficiently identify and merge duplicate contacts and related data is be an important -- and often time-consuming -- task for organizations getting data from multiple sources. The current CiviCRM dedupe and merge process does not scale well beyond a moderate number of contacts and consequently there has been dicussion on the forums and IRC about optimizing the dedupe and merge code in CiviCRM.
Niro Solutions and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and have jointly made funds available to sponsor this work and we are opening up the project scope for discussion before work begins. The aim is to to have the enhanced functionalty in core for the CiviCRM 3.2.2 release.
Donald Lobo laid out the high-level goals of the project:
- The ability to scale the dedupe process to at least one million contact records
- Significantly improve import/event registration/contribution/other workflows that use dedupe
- generate a listing of the individual cheque and cash "receipts" processed since the last "deposit" was generated, add selected receipts to a deposit and print it as a deposit listing, using a template that would enable you to submit the listing to your bank with a deposit slip;
- enable a bank reconciliation to confirm that each deposit was successful and highlight any discrepancies such as bounced cheques or typo's when entering cash or cheque amounts. Ideally you would be able to tick off each receipt within a deposit as reconciled (or just tick the deposit as a whole and have the system mark each receipt within that deposit as reconciled). If a...
Iam using drupal 5.10 and civicrm 2.0 on a server that I maintain. The server is running Scientific Linux 5.2 and I have compiled Gammu version 1.20.0 on it. http://www.gammu.org is "Free tools and software for cellular devices and phones". I can use it for sending SMS via a old cellular phone in my case an Sony Ericsson T290i connected with the usb cable DCU-11. I have set up Gammu to use an mysql db for reciving and sending sms.
I then copied the "send mail to contact" Task and added my own version but change it to "send sms to contact" and I then use gammu for sending the sms. Some help from this page http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/How+to+Add+Actions+to+... .
Integrating it with civicrm is really cool I can use all of civicrms tokens to put it in my sms. I use a cheep phone card with a lot of free...Read more