Dave Greenburg and Donald Lobo gave an insight into the current state of CiviCRM, I've tried to summarise.
Community involvement has grown significantly in the last year. Downloads have grown significantly and our professional services listings now has over 60 organisations providing civicrm services. The forum now has 15,000 and averages about 50 posts per day of which 6 of those most active are not part of the core team. Another great result is that there are many more patches being submitted meaning that more and more developers are contributing to the development of CiviCRM.
There are now translation teams for 20+ languages including Japanese, Italian, Chinese and Swedish, and a traditional Chinese CiviCRM community site has been developed at http://civicrm.tw
The community is really covering the whole world and we're utilising remote working to do an amazing amount of work from developers.
CiviCon 2011 has representatives from 15 countries and 5 continents and we're now planning CiviCon North America in Denver in March. There have been meet ups and trainings in more than 15 cities this year including Mumbai, Taipei, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Geneva, Boston, Chicago and New York. You can start your meet up in your town too!
Based on the new site registration that categorises sector use of CiviCRM, there is clearly an incredible diversity of sectors using CiviCRM including Recreation and Sports, Arts, Culture and Human Rights.
Donald Lobo introduced "Make it Happen" — a relatively new project for community members to contribute to new project features — this has been a great success and made many new features possible. The ideas come from the blog and forum and is then voted on by community members before being released as a new "Make it Happen" feature using a crowd sourcing format.
What's happening in 4.1? The biggest new feature is Wordpress Support — serving over 20% of the web, its a really important part of the CMS world and CiviCRM is going to support it. Accounting System Intergration will also be released, although this will also be developed a lot further in the future. The final big feature is extended support for Drupal 6 and Joomla 1.5 in order to continue supporting sites that haven't yet upgraded.
Major successes are API v3, the forum and IRC support and recent marketing through case studies and CRM Idol. This has taken a lot of passion and belief in our Open Source Community. However, there is still a lot more to be done, especially given how quickly things are changing.
We need people and groups to help in updating the online documentation. We're really lucky as we have Using CiviCRM (Packt) and Understanding CiviCRM (Floss Manuals) however its important we continue to develop this documentation.
There are a number of things community members can do to help:
- Docs, Case Studies, Tutorials and How-to's
- Engage new contributors
- Unit and web testing
- Upgrading the framework
We've been going for 7 years now and we need to starting thinking about swapping out some of the old technology that still exists, like moving from SVN to Git. You could help with this! For more information on CiviCRM, visit the website http://www.civicrm.org