Monday, August 18, 2008

Flare :: data visualization for the web (in flash)

"Flare is an ActionScript library for creating visualizations that run in the Adobe Flash Player. From basic charts and graphs to complex interactive graphics, the toolkit supports data management, visual encoding, animation, and interaction techniques. Flare features a modular design that lets developers create customized visualization techniques without having to reinvent the wheel.

This latest release is a major update with numerous improvements to simplify the process of creating rich, interactive visualizations."

And to top it off, the library is one of the best written (from a pure coding stand point)

Check it out.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Project Diabetes

Is a project that I have been working on for the past several months. Use the website, widget, voice app, and iPhone version to record your blood glucose, insulin, activity, and carbs for free.

The real interesting piece, is the voice application. Use your cell phone, anywhere, to record your diabetes information.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Convio Aikido Program (aka Convio CRM)

As a member of the Aikido Charter Program, I wanted explore the power/benefits of the Convio CRM (aka Convi Aikido Program) before I discussed it on my blog.

First what is Aikido, one might ask? Well, it is Convio's custom non-profit template built on top of the (aka's platform-as-a-service environment). They took the many years of non-profit eCRM knowledge and built a modern, scalable, cost-effective tool for non-profits.

Why is this a good thing? Many reasons: 1) It allows Convio to stay focused on the CRM needs of non-profits and not have to deal with the noise of the large scale infrastructure management (The platform does that for them.) and it allows the non-profits to stay focused on delivering programmatic value instead of managing a local CRM infrastructure. 2) Because they are not having to deal with the infrastructure management, it allows the smaller non-profits (which are most non-profits) to leverage the full benefit of a CRM without the costs. 3) The platform allows for the rapid (and easy) customization of reports and account settings. 4) The platform has a plethora of 3rd party apps (AppExchange) ranging from marketing (email, offline,events...), Google tools (apps and adwords), eCommerce integration, financial accounting packages, and several non-profit specific tools.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, I suggested a long time ago that Convio partner with Salesforce. Convio's strength is the eCRM front end content management system (CMS) and's strength is the backend technology. The Aikido CRM program marries the strengths of both Convio and and creates services that are ideally suited for the non-profit space.

(I wonder if Salesforce should acquire Convio and leverage Convio's CMS across the business world? )

The good news is that there are progressive thinking non-profits out there that understand the power Aikido brings: Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one of them.