Cividesk often does custom development for its customers, and we recently came into multiple requests that involved splitting incoming contributions, but for very different purposes. Let me explain.
You may already know that CiviCRM lets you send notifications to an activity assignee based on activity type. Perhaps you noticed that, in the past, it was only an ON/OFF option, meaning you could either send assignee notifications for ALL activities or NONE.
We are happy to announce that the ability to choose the activity type for which CiviCRM users want to send notifications is available to our customers. This is just another way that CiviCRM can be customized to meet your needs and make daily tasks more efficient.
At Cividesk, we are constantly trying to bring value to our customers and facilitate their use of CiviCRM. A few years ago, we created the 'desk' for this very purpose. The 'desk' is a suite of applications available exclusively to our customers. These applications have grown over the years to now include one-click access to our Ticketing system and Knowledge Base, a Video Library with all our CiviTips recordings, and our Training Calendar.
CiviDesk is excited to announce that we plan on upgrading all our customers to CiviCRM 4.7 in the very short term. CiviCRM 4.7 has been out there for a while now and we strongly believe now is a good time to upgrade. We have already upgraded a few of our customers to CiviCRM 4.7 and are quite pleased with its functionality and maturity.
This new version includes heaps of new features that will increase your organization's efficiency, and it's quality has significantly increased from previous releases.
For many using CiviCRM, CiviMail is the least attractive feature. Though very powerful and reliable and fully integrated, it is not as user friendly as MailChimp or Constant Contact can be. The main thing that CiviMail has going for it, however, is that CiviMail is part of CiviCRM which means that you do not have to deal with synchronization challenges with an external application. In addition, all your readers activities such as opened mail, clickthrough, forward email, and unsubscribe are stored in CiviCRM rather than in a separate database giving you concrete data to tie together with the rest of the information in your CRM.
(Credit: info source Mark Maunder – Wordfence Founder/CEO – @mmaunder)
Gmail users beware. There is a recent phishing technique used by online attackers to target Gmail accounts among other services. Unfortunately, this method has been very successful and is creating a wide impact, even on experienced tech users.
Email is critical for everybody, but even more so for nonprofit organizations as this represents the primary means to spread the word about their mission, showcase their results, and directly or indirectly sollicit the donations that are critical to their very existence.
We know this well at Cividesk, and have created a world-class email infrastructure to make sure we very reliably send our customer's emails. Here is a sneak peak at that infrastructure and the choices behind it:
In a recent blog post, Google announced that it will soon, in the Chrome browser, mark as insecure websites that are using unencrypted communications (ie. http:// instead of https://). We can't wait for this to happen!
CiviCRM has announced a new monthly release schedule. This release schedule means that Cividesk will be able to provide bug fixes and feature updates on a monthly basis!
When a new release is made by the CiviCRM project, we test it and then include that new release into our Software as a Service offering so you can benefit of it immediatly.
New releases are exciting because they mean that regular and timely improvements are made to the platform instead of long wait times for updates. We keep your system current and up to date with the latest and greatest from CiviCRM!