Wild Apricot - final updates for 2008

Dmitriy Buterin 24 December 2008 0 comments

 

About Wild Apricot

Our blog provides technology advice for small non-profits. Many subscribers are also Wild Apricot software clients, so we do monthly blog posts about our software.

Wild Apricot simplifies non-profit management for thousands of professional and business associations, clubs, charitable organizations, churches, activist groups and communities. It replaces multiple separate systems with one: Wild Apricot smart web service is your public website and private websites for board and members, contact database and event registration system, member database and membership management tool, blog, forum and e-newsletter tool. It saves thousands of dollars and many hours of work copy-pasting data between systems. Wild Apricot automates routine administration tasks and provides online self-service for members — freeing up time for your board, staff, and volunteers to focus on what's important.

If you want to check it out, feel free to open a free 30-day trial. Full version costs $25/month and up, flat fee, including free support and free updates.

Wild Apricot clients in the news

We are excited to see more and more of our clients in the media. Check out the TV coverage of Calgary Meals on Wheels and Life With a Baby.

Life With a Baby is an active online support community for new mothers working through the challenges of motherhood to create a happier more balanced life for themselves and their children. New mothers connect to share and learn through the blog and discussion forums, social events, playdates, and informational seminars. The benefits of membership include a barter program, a toy swap, discounts, and even a clothing drive to help those who are struggling financially.

If you are using Wild Apricot software and have an interesting story, give us a shout and we will try to help you get some media exposure. If you have been written up on a blog or mentioned in the media, please let us know that, too!

Development pipeline

Our last release of the year (2.38) has been in testing for a couple of weeks now and was released on Dec 24th — our Christmas present to all our clients! See our previous post for more details on new features and enhancements.

This is our 10th release within 2008 — Wild Apricot has grown a lot over the last 12 months! Thanks to your ongoing feedback, our pipeline is full with ideas to further improve and grow the product. Please keep it coming! Best way to do it — via our Roadmap and Wishlist discussion forums.

Our development team will be taking a much needed break until January 10th — and then we will embark on our most significant update to date.

Currently Wild Apricot has three key contact lists separate from each other:
1) Member database
2) Event Attendees
3) Donors

This separation has been causing inconvenience for many of our clients and we have been analyzing the ways to address this for the last 12 months. What we plan to do is to create a combined contact list (so-called Single Contact Database) which will present all the records together. This will greatly simplify the task of managing your community, remove current duplications, and provide for a more convenient way to store non-member contacts.

Here are a couple of mockups to illustrate the direction we are moving toward:
       

This is a big undertaking — more than half of our development team (20 people in total, including designers and testers) will be allocated to this work. We expect to finish development and release the new version around early March 2009. Given the significant overhaul of the system, it has been officially baptized as Wild Apricot v 3.00! The downside is that between this large chunk of functionality, our ongoing work to ensure system security, keep and improve speedy operation, and addressing occasional bugs, we will have very little left over for any other features you have requested — they will have to wait for 3.01 and subsequent releases.


Client feedback

We have recently sent our semi-annual client survey. Thank you to all who have responded! (And if you have not responded yet, we would highly appreciate you doing that by year-end. If you do not have any time at all, please at least answer the first question — it will take you two clicks.)

I am pretty happy with our preliminary results — take a peek:

 

Around 75% of our clients are giving us 8,9 or 10 for the question, "How likely is it that you would recommend us to your friends or colleagues?" (We did get one zero and I wanted to follow up with that person right away — but no name/email was provided.) We will be analyzing the final results in early January and will provide you with a full update on our report card

We have also received a couple very nice responses to our notice about the upcoming update — thank you very much for your kind words!

"...I have to tell you how impressed I have been with you and the service you provide. I am amazed at all the updates you perform and the ideas you follow through on. In fact, as the executive secretary of our organization, you were the answer to my prayers when I "found" you. Thank you!...."
Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis
Executive Director, International Listening Association
Belle Plaine, MN

"...Hi Wild Apricot,
I just received your notice of the pending update on 12/24 and wanted to say THANK YOU for all the monthly updates and making Wild Apricot better... and for helping me the many times I've called during my first year with Wild Apricot! Denis and others have always been courteous and helpful. I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much its appreciated.
Merry Christmas!
...and Happy New Year!
"
Bill Lavery
Publisher & Editor, Chicago Food & Beverage

Twitter
On a final note — I have finally started using Twitter. You can find me at http://twitter.com/ChiefApricot.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Dmitry Buterin
Chief Apricot (a.k.a. President and CEO)

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