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Patrick Tewson, our Database Consultant, recently traveled to San Francisco to take part in the 2012 Nonprofit Starter Pack Developer Sprint. Here is his full report and some additional information about the upcoming Salesforce Summer 2012 release...
Patrick Tewson, our Database Consultant, recently traveled to San Francisco to take part in the 2012 Nonprofit Starter Pack Developer Sprint. Here is his full report and some additional information about the upcoming Salesforce Summer 2012 release.
Laura Meerkatz, former NPower Consultant, and lots of other developers at the Sprint in San Francisco
Salesforce Nonprofit Starter Pack Developer Sprint
During the week of May 14th, I was privileged to take part of the 2012 Nonprofit Starter Pack Developer Sprint in San Francisco. Organized by the Salesforce Foundation, the sprint consisted of three days of intensive coding by a room full of creative, dedicated nonprofit-focused developers from several organizations. We gathered together to create new features for, and extend the capabilities of, the Nonprofit Starter Pack. A series of managed packages that sit on top of Salesforce to better manage individual donors, the Nonprofit Starter Pack is both open source and free for all nonprofits. Kevin Bromer, a former consultant at NPower Northwest, played host to our motley crew, and summarizes the products of the sprint on his blog.
This is a quick screenshot of the Relationship Viewer that Laura and I worked on.
Salesforce Summer 2012 Release
Arriving June 1st is another new development in the Salesforce world - the Summer '12 release. Continuing the emphasis on "The Social Enterprise", this release targets nonprofit and for-profit users alike. However, the focus on driving community connections from the platform should appeal to many nonprofits, allowing users to "Turn weak ties into strong connections". Improvements to reporting and analytics will be good news to fans in the nonprofit community, and continued focus on the Chatter feature (which brings notifications, social interaction, and a window into the workings of the organization to your CRM) are especially exciting.
In the face of these developments, a thriving community of consultants and service providers continues to work to determine the best ways of delivering these tools to nonprofits and how to best unlock the keys to project success. From the sprint in San Francisco to my current projects with NPower clients, I continue to experience enthusiasm for technology as an agent of social change.
For some more detailed information about the upcoming Salesforce release, here are two additional articles: Summer 12 Rapid Reaction and Summer 12 Hard Core.
- Patrick Tewson