Getting connected with the Salesforce.com community

J!SalesforceIn our efforts to go beyond just the nuts and bolts of bridging the gap between CRM and CMS applications, PICnet has kicked off our community building effort for Joomla and Salesforce.com users. We’re a bunch of regular matchmakers.

Yesterday I had great meeting with Meghan Nesbit of the Salesforce.com Foundation at their offices in downtown SF. We chatted about a variety of items, including the impact that Salesforce is having in the non-profit community, with well more than 1,000 licenses of their non-profit version of Salesforce distributed for free to organizations across the US. Even better, these non-profit users get the same standard support paying Salesforce corporate users receive.

I also learned about a vibrant non-profit Salesforce user community that bubbles up in three different places:

When I had a chance to demo what we’ve already put together for J!Salesforce, Meghan seemed pretty happy with the results, and seemed especially in tune with some of the trickiness to the integration on items such as multi-select boxes. Her comments were a nice pat on the back of Kevin’s tireless work over the past few weeks, and sparked a fire under our feet to keep the ball rolling.

Readers of our blog have probably seem our use-cases before, so I won’t dive into them here, other than to see we’re about at a point that we’ll be releasing the open source version of this code to the community in early January 2007.

Meanwhile, I’ve got some reading to do thanks to Meghan’s gift of The Business of Changing the World (guess who wrote it), and some grassroots efforts. We’ll soon have the Joomla component up on the AppExchange, and are eager to start building some really cool applications around it, such as:

  • member directories
  • online donations
  • mini-Salesforce dashboards via Joomla administrator
  • …and plenty more!

As everyone knows, we’re rather agnostic when it comes to CRM tools. Pick the best tool for the job and move forward. So our goal at PICnet is to build bridges from your organization’s Joomla CMS to your CRM system. DIA, Salesforce, and CiviCRM are all great tools we have connections that make life easier for non-profits. Now it’s time drill deep, and really give these users some powerful applications that sit on top of their CRM of choice.

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2 Responses to “Getting connected with the Salesforce.com community”

  1. Piet Nutbey says:

    For several months I am able to read about the SalesForce Joomla integration. I think you will need to shed some light on it. End of Januari we could expect something many articles wrote. Mid March still nothing. Also several statements you have made do not seem proper. You are not integrating a SalesForce into Joomla. You are building something for the non-profit SalesForce and for the Big companies. Big companies (with loooots of money) will not run Joomla Open Source but will have their own (if not several) webdevelopers. What you are building does not make sense.

    For those companies that have SalesForce (Not the non-profit packages!!! But the 1st package) I have been able to build a relative basic SalesForce-Joomla integration. Joomla forms will inject SalesForce. All SalesForce automation can be applied and are usable while maintaining the ease of Joomla form results.

    For contact you can email me for information at pnut [at] mac [dot] com

  2. Ryan Ozimek
    says:

    Piet,

    Thank you for your posting. We have been providing our J!Salesforce component in beta form for the past few months via email, and if you’d like to try it, feel free to put send an email to info {[at] picnet . net, with the subject line “Give me J!Salesforce”.

    We are building our component specifically for the non-profit sector, and the feedback has been very positive. The larger view here is that we are embedding the most usable features of Salesforce into Joomla, so that organization staff members can get information from Salesforce quickly and effectively. Since we’re using Joomla as a Web application framework, rather than just a CMS, we’re able to provide a lot of functionality to the end user in a UI that is comfortable and easy to use.

    We’re never ones to quickly push software to market, and we have been working very hard to continue to provide solid functionalities for our Non-Profit Soapbox clients. Maybe you’ll send in an email for the beta trial we have, and you’ll be able to see our roadmap a little better?

    Best, Ryan

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