The MODSIM World 2013 Exhibition & Conference starts April 30, and 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.
For complete event details directly from the organizer, you can visit the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) website.
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.
"Silly App. Serious Power."
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.
Be fit and stay healthy!
16 social networking apps, different social networks
Going social doesn't mean just a web site these days – it also means mobile and local. Each social network we bring online, using our ConcourseConnect social platform, features a mobile API for third-party clients. There's sharing to Facebook, Foursquare Check Ins, Topics and Voting, plus much more! Here's just a sampling of some of the communities built on ConcourseConnect and an overview of how they use mobile:
Connecticut Innovation iHUB: CTiHUB currently has two apps. A main app for the CTiHUB community to connect and collaborate, and a second app for the SBIR and Global Trade Summit. This second app is attached to the iHUB but is focused on providing an awesome experience for their biggest event of the year. See what's happening with the news feed, see the latest photos, see the sponsors, see the businesses participating on a map, and see the event agenda. It's our first event app.
d'Art Center: Norfolk's d'Art Center app features over 40 artists in a unique downtown location. Check In with this app, learn about the artists, see the latest photos and see what events are coming up. This is one of our directory-style apps to showcase a number of artists (entities) all coming together and featured in a single app.
There's more to explore. See Concursive on the app store!
Today we have an awesome rebranding of our site… but it's more than just that. It's a declaration that Concursive is a top contender in the Social Mobile Local (SoMoLo) race with a proven process, reference customers and a compelling platform for Social Hubs. Our leadership and commitment to communities didn't happen overnight. We followed the right trends, used the right technology and streamlined the go live process, giving Concursive's platform the right ingredients for a successful community.
Trends: Social and Collaborative – Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and Social Media; Mobile; and Local.
Following trends isn't something one wants to get caught up in alone, however adapting and evolving over time and using trends as an indicator of direction can be beneficial because it's not always clear at the time if something will present an advantage over previous methods.
Some trends that provide a clear advantage: social businesses and mobile applications.
On social business, Nilofer Merchant wrote The New How to share the secrets of unlocking collaborative innovation. In her blog Rules for the Social Era, Nilofer writes a series of posts on being fast, fluid, and flexible in the social era… allowing everyone to own a part of the big picture, and to embody a culture of innovation.
At the recent AIIM 2102 conference, Dion Hinchcliffe's Keynote “Mobility First: New Opportunities" was covered by Keith Swenson who noted "the shift to mobile computing is the most dramatic technology transition in history. Ever."
Concursive is well informed about these trends and you can use the Concursive mobile app for news and links on social business topics and more, while on the go.
Technology: Built for communities from the ground up – profiles, RESTful API, geolocation, search, CRM and more.
Having a successful software stack for Social Hubs means that the technology is flexible, secure, scalable and maintainable… Concursive's stack meets all those requirements. Concursive's feature stack is there to enable you to build what you want using Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Mobile and Local capabilities the way you see fit. Just want a mobile app? no problem. There are thousands of ways to configure your Social Hub and each is fully supported. Concursive also has Social Hub templates so that your Social Hub is based on years of experience.
Process: Getting started with Concursive can happen blindingly quick. Once you've seen our examples, learned about the components, and reviewed Concursive's information on getting started, all it takes is contacting us.
Think Concursive for Your Social Hub.
When you've reached a point in which you are ready to start a new web site, Concursive can help by setting up a site for you with all of the content management and social networking features we offer.
The most basic question we always ask up front is what kind of site do you want?
The options are:
Setup a public site and collaborative web presence all in one. This is the option if you want to host a web site using Concursive's platform and you may or may not want any or all of the collaboration features.
A public special interest site that fosters collaboration around a particular theme. Users will setup profiles and communicate using a variety of collaboration tools. Community managers can create ad-hoc collaboration spaces to further group activity around shorter-term events.
Enterprise social computing
A private site used for employee collaboration using features like activity streams, blogs, wiki, documents, forums, photos, groups and projects.
A public site fostering collaboration around a directory of places, things and people highlighting reviews as an important feature. After choosing this site type Concursive will help you define profile types to extend the available directories.
Customer support community
A public site that supplements an existing website with rich community features and an idea forum. Create an FAQ, discussion board and manage an idea forum.
A private site to collaborate and exchange information and documents with clients. This setup features a full activity stream and other collaboration modules.
Regardless of which type you choose, each of the types has full access to all of the content management and social networking modules that ConcourseConnect has to offer. Choosing a type just gives us a sense of the direction you want to go in and for the most part doesn't lock you in to any specific functionality of the platform.
Today we're announcing improvements for both ConcourseConnect and ConcourseSuite CRM at www.concoursecloud.com.
Starting today, the Small Business and Medium-Size Business installs receive double the storage and up to double the bandwidth! The Large Business installs maintain an already low price and high value configuration.
Get started for only $99 per month!
Customers choose ConcourseConnect because they want to increase and improve collaboration in their business or organization. ConcourseConnect helps bring people together virtually to generate and share useful information and knowledge, and to solve problems effectively. Tools for your Groups and Projects include Activity Streams, Blogs, Wikis, Documents, Issue Tracking, Planning, and Tasks. That's what you get with ConcourseConnect at ConcourseCloud – an optimized version of ConcourseConnect for business collaboration!
Learn more about ConcourseConnect at ConcourseCloud.com.
If you're looking for Customer Relationship Management, look no further than ConcourseSuite CRM. As part of our cloud offering, you receive a broad set of CRM features to streamline your sales process, target your best customers and generate qualified leads, and improve your customer's experience. Features include Lead tracking, Account and Contact Information Management, Email Marketing, Help Desk and more. The cloud offering is our most basic configuration suitable for many types of businesses that don't require much customization out of the box, but which require a great CRM experience.
Get your CRM at ConcourseCloud.com.
Concursive Corporation brought ConcourseConnect to market in 2007 and ConcourseSuite CRM to market in 2003. Since then we have continually updated the applications for a better user-experience and better functionality. Concursive designs and deploys highly transformative social web sites based on ConcourseConnect and ConcourseSuite CRM technology. This unique product offering allows our customers to launch social web sites that attract and retain visitors.
Contact Concursive to discuss deploying your next web site on Concursive's social and mobile social technology.
We build social sites as a focal point for user-generated content. These sites require an ongoing user base, technical functionality and dedication from the site owners. Without any one of these, the site likely fails.
Users… these are the key contributors to your site. Users bring with them experience, curiosity, interests and friends. They ask questions, answer questions and post about their experiences. They have a desire for the latest news, events and offerings. Users share the information on the site.
Functionality… to engage your users. Users read, share and comment on content. They often post news, events and photos. Most are open to creating a social profile. The site functionality needs those features and a solid user experience to encourage them to participate. Other features help the site owners learn from the community including challenges, polls and surveys.
Dedication… to adapt to your users and keep your site fresh. Community managers keep a pulse on the community. Community managers help write content and disseminate information, often gleamed from external sites like Twitter. Community managers respond to content issues, sometimes of which is spam, user content that is deemed inappropriate, or disorganized information. Community managers share in the experience.
Through dedication and functionality, users often give the site a life of their own. Trust between users and site owners is important.
Workers can find the information and people they need faster with social tools. Social tools also make internal information and business processes more visible, findable, and shareable, and makes it possible to see who knows what.
Find ways to compare your productivity levels to see if there is an increase.
Social Business Software helps your users collaborate and discuss online. Your workers will spend less time in e-mail and more time in collaborative interaction.
This goal can be measured by reviewing email volume and by periodically conducting employee satisfaction surveys and gaining feedback from the users of the system.
Innovation can come from anyone and everyone.
Idea Management includes an idea submission area which can be used to discuss and track successful ideas. Use innovation wikis to collaborate further.
Improve Customer Experience
Productivity gains can also lead to an improved customer experience. Employees have greater access to answers and tools to track issues across departments. Compare your customer retention and satisfaction levels.
Employees can build connections in an organization, busting through silos. Find out who the experts are in your organization.
Sales & Turnover
There are now consistently reported benefits of social for most organizations.
Use Social Business Software as a competitive advantage. After using Social Business Software, compare sales figures and sales generated per employee.
At Concursive, we pride ourselves on creating comprehensive products and platforms which are easy to compile, install, upgrade and customize from source. Take for example, ConcourseSuite CRM: once installed, the application works just as well on a disconnected network as it does on the Internet. ConcourseConnect, the enterprise social computing and social networking platform, achieves the same goal, but when connected to the Internet it takes advantage of additional resources when they are available and configured: Google Maps and Geolocation APIs, Google Analytics, Twitter API, Facebook Sharing, Authorize.net and Web Services for Remote Portlets.
Installation is a snap, as the products only require a Java installation, Apache Tomcat Web Server and PostgreSQL Database Server. The Portlet Portals, cache and distributed cache, indexed searches, APIs, Workflow Engine, Decisioning Engine, Messaging and Security are all embedded without additional servers and services to manage. When more infrastructure is needed, Concursive products can be load-balanced by toggling a few configuration parameters for the load-balancer and turning services on and off for specific instances.
Access to the latest source, and having your own customization branch is essential to leveraging the platform. Our partners use the source to add-on features, tailor the source to their developers, customize dashboards and fields, and create new functionality that is contributed and integrated back into the core releases when possible.
Here are three examples:
OpenStrides, a Concursive Partner in India, uses the CRM source code to enhance the customer's dashboards with Flash generated graphs, fuzzy search improvements in the Leads module, and new functionality in the Accounts module which allows for arbitrary fields to be added to the Accounts page from the Admin module.
Chaikin Power Tools, which provides individual investors with decision-making tools previously available only to Wall Street professionals, has launched their web site on ConcourseConnect. The initial phase uses ConcourseConnect as the web and content platform, with future possibilities of launching a community given the capabilities and features of Connect. This is a great looking site that was well thought out. Aside from the custom theme, this site uses on-the-fly content pages for creating landing pages by the community manager, the site hosts several mobile web pages, and there is integration with a backend PDF report generator server. This site is integrated with ConcourseSuite CRM.
Chairman's View, a company which helps businesses assess and understand their enterprise value and identify strengths and weaknesses that can affect their value, has launched an e-commerce site using ConcourseConnect, called MyCoreValue.com. The site utilizes a custom theme to convey information using the real-time content management editor. This site is also the first to implement Concursive's Decision Support System which allows partners to fill out an online business assessment survey and then receive a dynamically generated PDF file, with calculations based on the input, as email.
Next Steps? Contact us. There are many resources on this site that you can use to learn more about CRM and enterprise social computing and social networking. For demos, specific questions, and to get started, we can help.