Friday, September 25, 2009

Wear Out Your Handbook

Okay, so we sent out CommunityOS Handbooks to everyone a little while back... Are yours worn out yet? Need more copies?

Seriously, that little handbook is an excellent tool with which you can communicate with your advisers, board members, and decision makers--not to mention prospective partners.

CommunityOS is a rather comprehensive system--and the handbooks attempts to tell the story of the possible. And check out the Stories of Success throughout the handbook as well. Do you have one you can contribute? All you need to do is give us a call and we'll get in touch, capture the details and do all the work. You'll even be able to approve the advance copy.

Take Handbook copies to community meetings, pass them out--demonstrate to others the asset you bring to your community. While others are arguing about the specifics of small minded software, show them another path towards collaborative community building. Okay--maybe it's not that easy, but we are honored our customers let us help.

Douglas Zimmerman
President & CEO
VisionLink

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Co-Lo Moving Truck?

We all resist change. In the realm of technology however, resisting change is like being a chicken that crosses only half of the road. You can imagine the consequences.

VisionLink builds into our business plans a fundamental technical advance roughly every three years. We have one coming up--a full co-lo move to new facilities, and a new architecture for our server systems, and more. Stay tuned.

I remember the "early" days, when we sent our servers out to our customer sites and we provided remote monitoring support. A few years later all of these machines came back to our central location and we began to host our own servers.

The next major step was a complete overhaul of our core database and web server technology. Then we integrated three complete product lines into one. We were becoming a true SaaS provider before we knew the name for it.

Now we are about to fundamentally improve our server systems from top to bottom. This is not only good for our customers, its good for our own staff. It means we can recruit and retain extremely talented staff as they know they are working with really powerful tools and equipment, and in a powerful coding environment. It's not unlike fundraising campaigns; dollars attract dollars. It's the same in technology--smarts attract smart.

Hold on to your hats, I'll let you know when we are done in a few weeks.

Douglas Zimmerman
President & CEO
VisionLink

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dashboards for HMIS

New Dashboard Reports are coming out for Homeless Management (HMIS)!

Again, you asked for it... So here you go. We know we can build more of these, but for starters: HMIS Clients by Ethnicity, HMIS Clients by Location, and HMIS Clients by Zip Code. You will see these listed along with the many other pre-built data sets.

The best way to deploy these could be for either public use--to give others a general understanding of the scope of homelessness in your area, and / or, you can deploy these only to registered, or staff users for a more private insight into this information. It's real time of course, so let those metrics loose!

Douglas Zimmerman
President & CEO
VisionLink