A while ago I mentioned that I was finding the backup and migrate module a better option to syncing Civi installs that the Civi drush command and Lobo asked if I would do a write-up on it.
I'm going to keep this pretty brief but I think it is worth telling people about as I find it really quick & easy.
http://drupal.org/project/backup_migrate (AKA BAM)
The next phase of the CiviSchool project is collecting and maintaining all parent / student information online. This avoids the annual filling out forms work by the parents, and also the stuffing of envelopes by school staff during the summer and reentering all the information in the SIS when school starts.
At CiviCon SF 2010, we met the folks from Emotive LLC (chang and matthew b) who expressed an interest in helping scale CiviCRM and in specific help with building an import system that can handle large data sets.
I started discussing this with chang on the forums and IRC. You can read our forum thread here: http://forum.civicrm.org/index.php/topic,13630.0.html
About 25 folks gathered at the Wikimedia Foundation offices last night for our May SF meetup. We had a good mix of new and experienced folks, representing both organizations and consultants.
The first Toronto CiviCRM Meetup held at the RNAO headquarters near King St and University Ave last night was a great success.
There were 29 registrants and about that many attended. (It seems like the small number of regrets and no-shows were canceled out by non-registered people showing up!)
The past few weeks have been just an amazing ride through the CiviCRM universe. We've had some excellent training sessions, an awesome CiviCon and then the sprints which produced a nice new book and some major improvements to our translation process. We've also been spending a lot of time thinking about what we want to accomplish with CiviCRM 4.0. So here are some of our thoughts, note that many of them are speculative and if something is really important to you or your org, consider making that part of YOUR OWN personal battleplan and contribute a design and code to make it happen.
Come to St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation this Tuesday 1st of June for a real-life CiviCRM case study and to find out more about CiviCRM and how it can benefit your non profit organisation.