First a few product plugs… if you're not using social software in your business or organization, then you've got to give it a try!
ConnectElements.com is the simplest way to get started. Setup an account, then collaborate with groups of people which make sense to you. You can easily share private updates with your colleagues. ConnectElements also has a mobile app with push notifications for urgent messages. Upgrade to Projects and then you've really got a streamlined collaboration system around all of your short and long-term projects.
For those who need more, ConcourseCloud.com is an inexpensive and private social network for your business, department or organization. It is hosted at Rackspace and runs on your own private slice. ConcourseCloud gives you a truly private social network. Pricing is very competitive.
If you're looking for a Java CRM, look no further than ConcourseSuite CRM. ConcourseSuite CRM is an all-in-one sales force automation and account database for your organization. Concursive offers untimed trials for up to 5 users, and our pricing can't be beat for unlimited users and full source code. Download the trial edition or contact us and we'll host your own CRM at Rackspace.
Finally, if you're looking for your own branded community, with features ranging from collaboration, to information directories, to GIS integration, to mobile apps, then you'll want to explore our Communities and Hubs products. ConcourseConnect is a white-label platform which allows you to build your own product or community with just the right features, and quickly.
Concursive has worked with Wetlands Watch of Norfolk, Virginia to bring a new app to Apple's App Store called Sea Level Rise. The premise of the app is to record sea-level data in Hampton Roads, Virginia around certain events (like tides and rainfall) and visualize the points on a map. The data will be used for various analysis and alerts over time.
To accomplish data capture, the Sea Level Rise app has a 'Tools' tab which combines several of Concursive's ConcourseConnect platform features to allow participants to capture data.
The goal is to accurately capture a user's location with some user provided details and store it around the context of a profile, in this case a sea-level rise event. Volunteer users can add notes and photos which get stored along with the app's coordinates (latitude, longitude, altitude, and GPS accuracy).
Starting with a typical top-level 'Event' profile in Connect, users can perform multiple 'check-ins' into this Event profile on their device. The user sees their location on the map where they are checking in, and the user has an option of adding a note and photo along with their coordinates.
Since accuracy is important, the GPS signal level is displayed. From experience with testing the coordinates, iPhones have been just as accurate as a dedicated Garmin GPS made for the outdoors – with nearly identical results. While the GPS is nearly spot-on (reporting within 5 meters of accuracy), the Apple and Google maps do have some offset when the coordinates are plugged into the maps so the assumption is that the coordinates are correct but the mapping imagery is offset a little, or vice-versa. Regardless, the points have been very helpful as they can be captured very quickly.
Sea Level Rise uses the ConcourseConnect mobile platform and backend. Contact Concursive for more information about the platform.
Concursive has begun upgrading customers with ConcourseConnect 6. What's new is a focus on building modern web pages, easier customization and more options for mobile.
First off, we've redesigned our rendering engine with ZURB Foundation in mind. HTML output is now much simpler and cleaner. Our portal technology nests rows and columns, and uses the Foundation grid system to create powerful multi-device layouts quickly and easily. Foundation gives our sites a responsive framework so that web pages look good on desktop, tablets and phones. Implementing Foundation also allowed us to refresh our templates with a new, modern look. Under the covers there's Foundation web components and JQuery. We've updated the HTML content editor to TinyMCE's HTML5 editor. The Concursive image library plugin for TinyMCE has been redesigned with thumbnails and enhanced capabilities for colors, fonts and sizes. All of Connect's modules and portlets have been updated for Foundation.
Next, we wanted customers and partners to be able to customize Connect using configuration packs and plug-ins. Connect achieves this through run-time discovery of configuration files, components and portlets. Adding your own functionality has never been easier.
Finally, with ConcourseConnect 6 you can launch Apps, mobile-first. User registrations, user settings, push notifications and module functionality are all accessible via the restful API.
You may have heard about Concursive's community, social, and e-commerce feature-set which includes user profiles, activity streams, blogs, calendar events, wikis, forums, tagging, bookmarks, and more, but did you know that when when users interact with a Concursive-based app or site, they are interacting with a service? Concursive has made substantial progress in the web world in the last 7 years to make essential app functionality a part of its customizable platform.
Whether you are going mobile-first, web-first, or launching both, the Concursive platform at a high level solves common problems easily via configuration. Developers concentrate on the parts that make their app unique, while still using APIs and design patterns encouraged by the Concursive framework which work on both mobile and web.
There are many out-of-the-box examples which would otherwise range from easy to difficult to implement on your own:
A user account system which handles usernames, passwords, invitations, settings and password reset functionality across mobile and web, optionally integrating with Facebook.
Managing user permissions. Through a badge system users can be identified with multiple roles and responsibilities.
Managing user groups and whether those groups are private, public, or publicly visible but with authorization by a user manager for additional access.
Setting up your own spaces. We include spaces for groups, ideas, projects, accounts, businesses, organizations and programs. Create anything, even spaces for trees or stock quotes. Any topic you want your users to collaborate around.
Geolocation services which easily access Google, MapQuest, and Open Street Maps to geocode locations and display them on devices or web maps. The Concursive API can order all locations by nearest-to-you.
Storing user generated images in the right size and format to the device or browser needing them.
Interfacing with video services like YouTube to obtain meta-data, thumbnails and embed codes for videos.
Importing data from RSS feeds is as easy as entering the feed's URL. The connectivity is scheduled, queued and downloaded into the database. RSS feeds can be integrated into blogs, activity streams or displayed on their own.
Indexing all data is done immediately so that it's easy to query, search, sort, geolocate and filter user-generated content, photos, and text captured from uploaded documents.
Sending a push notification is as easy as providing the user IDs and the message to send. The platform uses the right mechanisms for the right platforms for those users.
The platform has its own order processing system which integrates with Authorize.net, Chargify and iOS in-app purchases to track and verify purchases.
The services are location aware, based on the user's context, and accesses the data the user is allowed to access.
Those are just several examples which are transparently used on every Concursive installation. Once the platform is installed, your enhancements go into a configuration directory for customizing the user experience, email messages, background jobs, additional APIs, automated workflows, page layouts, CSS, and code.
Concursive is pleased to announce the latest version of ConcourseSuite CRM. Our award-winning CRM has been improved with new features and performance enhancements. Working with customers has allowed us to incorporate new functionality around account management, mailing lists integration, rental products and order management.
ConnectElements is for creating private groups and projects in a flash! The ConnectElements app helps businesses, organizations, teams, or even individuals better connect and collaborate with colleagues, clients, partners and friends.
The app has features within each group and project space for posting activity updates, creating calendar events, sharing photos, and managing tasks. Once a group is created, the founder of that group can invite others – an email is generated and the recipients follow the instructions to join in. Users can use either the mobile app or the web site to participate. Download the app to get started or head over to ConnectElements.com to learn more.
fratsoro is for fraternities and sororities wanting a mobile app that goes way beyond the brochureware most have or the sprawl of Facebook. It helps greek organizations better connect, communicate and collaborate with their broad network of stakeholders in an approachable, easy-to-use, cohesive environment entirely optimized to their specific needs.
The app has public-facing features whereby houses can share a range of information. From the basics of who they are, to ever changing updates on social activities, to promoting upcoming house activities.
But fraternity and sorority life is also greatly about private communications, activities and working together. Accordingly, the fratsoro app provides private spaces that support house officers in their duties as well as areas for the broader house membership. These spaces are by invitation only, are easily managed, and provide tools including calendars, activity streams, photos, member lists, and alerts.
fratsoro is built on ConcourseConnect. The app is the first app to use Connect's team management, profile space creation, and user settings APIs for mobile. The feature-complete APIs enable any app to take advantage of mobile collaboration and social networking.
The MODSIM World Exhibition & Conference brings together a diverse community of individuals with a common interest in using Modeling & Simulation to solve complex problems in a variety of fields including defense, healthcare, cybersecurity, manufacturing, and transportation.
The app features push notifications from event organizers, a map of the area, and updates to the agenda. There's also a social aspect where attendees and fans can share photos and take part in discussions and surveys about the event.
Technically, the app is built on a ConcourseConnect Hub, called ModSim Connected, run by Concursive Corporation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Concursive platform is dynamic enough to power mobile communities for events, non-profits, and enterprise customers.
Edit: the app has been updated for MODSIM World 2014 and users can update their apps for the latest version.
The team at MakeRacket made the SXSW Party Mapp to be a fun, simple app that helps you find good parties going on during the SXSW Interactive and Music festival, both Official and UnOfficial. According to Carlos of MakeRacket, "I mean, we were making a list anyway, so why not share?"
The app is built on a powerful, flexible, and scalable mobile platform from Concursive Corporation. The Concursive platform is dynamic enough to power mobile communities for bands, non-profits, and enterprise customers.
Working together, MakeRacket and Concursive conceived, designed, built, and submitted this app in days, and yet, it is capable of managing data from thousands of users. Please note that "SXSW" and "South By Southwest" are registered trademarks of SXSW Inc.
Having a platform for designing social-local-mobile hubs is very convenient. While Concursive has enabled thousands of private business in deploying their own collaboration and customer relationship management solutions, we've also helped businesses and organizations in launching community driven hubs, with all the features of collaboration: activity updates, blogs, wikis, document sharing, and project planning tools to name a few.
Soft launching this month is BeFit757, built on top of Concursive's platform. Joe Antle, Concursive Vice President, says "BeFit757 is the most complete solution for helping connect health and wellness providers to groups of people, employees and colleagues, who are pursuing formal wellness programs."
The public solution works like this:
Businesses and Organizations list themselves at BeFit757.com – this sets up a profile for the business or organization. Profiles are then filled out online, either by the profile manager or site staff. Profiles include text, graphics, video and links. The profile content explains the mission and background information.
Once the profile manager has been trained, the business can order a mobile app which connects to their profile. The profile manager is in control and creates push notification challenges to the app users. These are goals or challenges in which the manager sets using their expertise and users can choose to accept and participate.
To get started with BeFit757, download the BeFit757 App from the Apple App Store. It will show you the challenges and link you to the companion wellness apps as well.
Joe adds, "Formal efforts such as those sponsored by affiliate groups and trade associations, employers, providers seeking to add a group dimension to their offerings, and health insurance companies wanting to support and add a collaborative element to their wellness initiatives are especially likely to benefit from the affordable, easy to use and group focus of BeFit757."
I think this is a unique and well thought out example of a community that can grow.