Tendenci AMS Software Market Projection Continues to Thrive Worldwide

It is great to see yet again HTF Market Intelligence Consulting Private Limited – an independent third party rank Association Management Software from a global perspective! As a part of the Tendenci AMS Community, we will let the summary from HTF on market growth and Tendenci’s Global Share speak for itself. 

Tendenci – The Open Source AMS continues to grow globally, we believe, because it is a community much more than anything else. Open Source is the voice of the people – a shared language that brings us together. 

Source: http://www.marketjournal.co.uk/association-management-software-market-to-see-huge-growth-by-2025-personify360-tops-professional-raklet/99646/

View here the comparison from prior months growth

THANK YOU to all of the developers out there who are contributing, translating, updating and maintaining a very complex piece of software. AMS software that is inclusive of other languages and cultures, and a team that believes in security and privacy. Lets continue to do good today, and tommorrow even more, together. 

All of the code is on github, documentation on readthedocs, and translation is crowd-sourced on Transifex. Self host or host with us, your choice, your data, your association. 

Data Lakes for Smarter Associations

Open Source is Winning the Internet. Join us to be the BEST regardless of culture or country.

What is a “data lake”?

Data lake – it’s a big, partially structured and differently structured set of data from your association that you can use to answer interesting questions. Think of it like throwing everything in your pantry into one magical cauldron and it comes back with answers. Of course be careful what you ask, as SECURITY IS ALWAYS JOB 1! But it’s cool.

This is how AWS visualizes it:

Source: https://aws.amazon.com/big-data/datalakes-and-analytics/what-is-a-data-lake/

Having been personally involved in politics, analytics, electrical engineering, programming, robotics, public relations and media strategy not to mention the whole entrepreneurship thing, I must to start with a warning; do NOT go overboard.

Luckily Tendenci as your AMS makes this a whole lot easier with all of the ways to import and export data (or your whole database.) And pretty much every report has a structured export as well, from custom forms, donations, event registrations, memberships, you name it. You have FULL ACCESS to YOUR DATA in both flat files and in the actual database schema. For example:

I like this quote from wipro:

If the data in a lake is not well curated, then it may turn into a data swamp, flooding an organization with information.

https://www.wipro.com/en-US/analytics/five-best-practices-to-keep-your-data-lake-healthy/

You can see more screen shots of the built in reporting within Tendenci. Yet let’s be realistic, you are integrating data from many sources and a Data Lake including but not limited to your data on Tendenci might be just the thing. Contact us for more, because we LOVE DATA!

And we’ve got over 20+ years of experience to back it up.

Why not make 2020 the banner year to grow your membership and donations? Because that’s what we THRIVE ON! YOUR SUCCESS!

The Industry Steering Committee of Wellbore Survey Accuracy becomes a Major Resource for the Industry

We are proud to announce that The Industry Steering Committee of Wellbore Survey Accuracy (ISCWSA) is now the place of resource for industry professionals!

The new website design features a marvelous Resource Library where everyone interested in science, engineering, oil & gas, etc., is welcome to seamlessly search and explore the repository of documents.

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The primary aim of The Industry Steering Committee on Wellbore Survey Accuracy group is to produce and maintain standards for the industry relating to wellbore survey accuracy. ISCWSA sets standards for terminology and accuracy specifications, and establishes a standard framework for modelling and validation of tool performance by raising awareness and understanding of wellbore survey accuracy issues across the industry.


Tendenci – The Open Source AMS Market Projection is Thriving WorldWide

 

It is great to see again an independent third party rank Association Management Software from a global perspective. As a part of the Tendenci AMS Community, we will let the summary from HTF on market growth and Tendenci’s Global Share speak for itself. 

Tendenci – The Open Source AMS continues to grow globally, we believe, because it is a community much more than anything else. Open Source is the voice of the people – a shared language that brings us together. 

Click here for full story.

BY WILLIAM ANDERSON ON OCTOBER 30, 2019 – HTF

Let’s remember Richard Stallman’s wise words

Why? Because Tendenci – The Open Source Association Management Software is open source and available to the world.

Richard Stallman asked himself a simple question. What does society need?

“What does society need? It needs information that is truly available to its citizens — for example, programs that people can read, fix, adapt, and improve, not just operate. But what software owners typically deliver is a black box that we can’t study or change. 

Society  also needs freedom. When a program has an owner, the users lose freedom to control part of their own lives.

And, above all, society needs to encourage the spirit of voluntary cooperation in its citizens. When software owners tell us that helping our neighbors in a natural way is “piracy”, they pollute our society’s civic spirit.

This is why we say that free software is a matter of freedom, not price.”

— Richard StallmanWhy Software Should Not Have Owners

Serious question: What differentiates Tendenci from all other AMS?

  1. Well, what other MAJOR AMS can you self deploy on the servers of your choice? In the data center of your choice? In the country of your choice? With the encryption and firewall restrictions of YOUR CHOICE. That’s just the beauty of open source.
  2. The price starts at zero. It. Is. Fully. Open Source. Here is a list of alternatives to Tendenci AMS (hint: almost all aren’t open). 
  3. We take security very serious. Tendenci is the strongest and most secure web-based software platform for NPO’s globally. We also understand there are no “perfect” or “completely secure” systems. But we do more than just try. Transparency is the key to Open Source AMS – no in-betweens. So there’s that. 
  4. Languages? Ok! You can translate your AMS into the language of your choice. Although, you might find someone has already done this for you – 70+ languages of them.   

OUR MISSION IS TO  CONNECT AND ORGANIZE THE WORLD’S PEOPLE. DO GOOD.

Tendenci AMS Gains Ground in Global Market Share

Tendenci – The Open Source AMS Gains Ground in Global Market Share 

It is great to see an independent third party rank Association Management Software from a global perspective. As a part of the Tendenci AMS Community, we will let the summary from HTF on market growth and Tendenci’s Global Share speak for itself:

Source: https://www.htfmarketreport.com/reports/1722509-global-association-management-software-market-3

From the report:

HTF MI has added the report on Global Association Management Software Market for the forecast till 2025, the report comprises of the estimation of the Global Association Management Software Market. The following Industry is shown to progress with a noteworthy rise in the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) during the forecast period owing to various factors driving the market. Some of the key players mentioned in this research are “Cvent Event ManagementTOPS Professionalin1touchRakletBook-It Membership SoftwareTendenciPersonify360AptifyDashboard & MASS”, etc.

And:

The scope of the report extends from market scenarios to comparative pricing between major players, cost and profit of the specified market regions. The numerical data is backed up by statistical tools such as SWOT analysis, Porter’s Five Analysis, PESTLE analysis and so on.

Company Profiles: Cvent Event Management, TOPS Professional, in1touch, Raklet, Book-It Membership Software, Tendenci, Personify360, Aptify, Dashboard & MASS
Global Association Management SoftwareMarket by Types: , On-Premise & Cloud-Based
Global Association Management SoftwareMarket by Applications: Small Business, Medium-sized Business & Large Business

Rapid Growth Factors in the Global AMS Software Market

In addition, the market is growing at a fast pace and the report shows us that there are a couple of key factors behind that. The most important factor that’s helping the market grow faster than usual is the tough competition.

Tendenci – The Open Source AMS continues to grow globally, we believe, because it is a community much more than anything else. All of the code is on github, documentation on readthedocs, and translation is crowd-sourced on Transifex. Self host or host with us, your choice, your data, your association.

THANK YOU to all of the developers out there who are contributing, translating, updating and maintaining a very complex piece of software. AMS software that is inclusive of other languages and cultures, and a team that believes in security and privacy.

OUR MISSION IS TO CONNECT AND ORGANIZE THE WORLD’S PEOPLE. DO GOOD.

Tendenci 7.4.0 Release Notes

Release Summary

The team at Tendenci has been working to make improvements to our T7 software.  The batch of updates noted in this release are mostly centered on:  the Tendenci Nav, Reports, and Newsletters.  You can look for these changes on your T7 site.

Notable changes:

  1. New top menu (for both admin and logged in users)
  2. Newsletters format update and clone feature
  3. Reports format update (including invoices, memberships, ..)
  4. Events views – Added sub menu for month view, week view, day view
  5. Separated join approval and renewal approval for membership notices
  6. Wysiwyg editor – Enabled the image title input field in the image dialog. Added class dropdown to the tinymce link dialog box
  7. Updated the directories categories to make it easy manage
  8. Added drag-drop functionality to the testimonials
  9. Added memberships overview report
  10. Added a link on Profile page to view past events.
  11. More minor changes

Fixes:

  1. (Security) Disabled GZipMiddleware to prevent BREACH attacks
  2. (Security) Prevent fraudulent simultaneous reuse of PayPal transactions
  3. Resolved the issue regarding manage.py hangs when caching is enabled. Re-enabled the cache for site settings.
  4. Resolved the subprocess venv issue.
  5. Fixed exports for directories, jobs, resumes, pages.
  6. Fixed “Most Viewed Files” report.
  7. More fixes

Tendenci Nav

The Tendenci Nav has been reorganized to help you find what you’re looking for.  We hope you’ll take the time that review your new Tendenci Nav and get familiar with some of these changes.  Here’s a screenshot of what it should look like:

*For all of these updates, some sites will display slightly different fonts and design features based on the site theme. 

Tendenci Nav Screenshot T7
Screenshot of the new Tendenci Nav in T7

Reports

Updates in the Reports module includes consolidation of all reports into their own Tendenci Nav item.

Reports Screen shot Tendenci Nav
Reports Screen shot Tendenci Nav

 

This release also includes an update to the Invoices module, making invoices faster to browse visually in a table-based format.  To view invoices in the new navigation on your site, click: Reports > 5. Financial > Invoicing.

Tendenci Invoices Screenshot
New Tendenci Invoices Screenshot

Newsletters

The Newsletters module works almost exactly the same as before.  We have made a few features a little bit easier to use.  For example, if you’d like to re-assign the newsletter to a different group, you can now do so even after you’ve generated the Newsletter in the first step.  We’ve also made some layout improvements that take advantage of Bootstrap’s framework.

The “clone” feature has also been added to this module.  With clone, you can send a test e-mail, then clone it and send it to your target audience rather than copying and pasting the contents from the first send.

Screen shot of Tendenci clone feature in Newsletters
Screen shot of Tendenci’s new “clone” feature in Newsletters

Have software updates you’d like to share?  Fork us on Github!

Special thanks to @PaulSD for lots of fixes and update!

knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge

If you run an Association, volunteer, join in, help, learn and participate – well – at Tendenci we think you are kind of a BIG DEAL! It’s easy at times to lose sight of the bigger picture when you are on the board of directors and planning the details for a fundraiser.  Please remember – we need you, we appreciate you, and YOUR CAUSE IS WORTH IT.

Alexis de ToquevilleI get asked why Tendenci is Open Source. My reply is to point to the role of associations in society.  The role of associations, your association management system as well, are both too important to survive the conflict of interest with purely commercial solutions. To clarify why this is so important to me, and I believe you, I can only quote those far more educated and eloquent then myself.

Alexis du Tocqueville viewed civil society as the third leg of the stool that allows democracies to function.

Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations… In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others.

and further

Americans combine to give fêtes, found seminaries, build churches, distribute books, and send missionaries to the antipodes. Hospitals, prisons, and schools take shape in that way. Finally, if they want to proclaim a truth or propagate some feeling by the encouragement of a great example, they form an association.

In every case, at the head of any new undertaking, where in France you would find the government or in England some territorial magnate, in the United States you are sure to find an association…. I have often admired the extreme skill they show in proposing a common object for the exertions of very many and in inducing them voluntarily to pursue it.

Alexis du Tocqueville, Democracy in America (source)

Back in 1995 Senator Bill Bradley wrote “Democracy’s Third Leg.” and he described it in a similar manner.

CIVIL society is the place where Americans make their home, sustain their marriages, raise their families, hang out with their friends, meet their neighbors, educate their children, worship their God.

It lies apart from the realms of the market and the government, and possesses a different ethic.

and

Civil society, on the other hand, is the sphere of our most basic humanity — the personal, everyday realm that is governed by values such as responsibility, trust, fraternity, solidarity, and love.

…. There must also be a healthy, robust civic sector — a space in which the bonds of community can flourish. Government and the market are similar to two legs on a three-legged stool. Without the third leg of civil society, the stool is not stable and cannot provide support for a vital America.

Maya Angelou wrote one of my favorite poems which I believe relates. It is “A Brave and Startling Truth.”

Maya Angelou is of course a giant not just of our time, but of all time. She speaks of greatness in the form of unity and love. That is what Civil Society does. Associations, churches, clubs, political movements … all of these things are simply too important to our planet to NOT be open source. And we will come to it. YOU and your AMS software are too important to be locked in or cut off if a proprietary vendor chooses.

Quoting Senator Bill Bradley’s piece again, he states:

The language of the marketplace says, ”Get as much as you can for yourself.” The language of government says, ”Legislate for others what is good for them.” But the language of community, family, and citizenship at its core is about receiving undeserved gifts.

Building the Tendenci AMS community Open Source – giving you control – is how I handle the brutal truth that “we must confess that we are the possible. we are the miraculous.”

#peace

 

Security Diligence Required to Prevent ePub or Mobi Javascript Hacks

Why Tendenci doesn’t support epub uploadS through the standard ui.

We love knowledge and knowledge sharing. And all of us read a lot – more and more on mobile readers. And yet the Tendenci software doesn’t support uploading epub files. First understand you have TONS of options to achieve your business goal and keep your site secure.

Free ebooks? We recommend you upload the epub to a resource like an Amazon S3 bucket or Dropbox and link to it from your site. That immediately solves the problem – you have a link to the resource on your site, just not “in” your site for safety and security.

Selling ebooks? Look at Amazon or Shopify or google it for tons of options. Even if the books are free, “selling them” on shopify will give you analytics and insight into consumers who are interested in your topic because they are being delivered to people next to other books!

As for the upload restrictions in Tendenci, here is why we are cautious:

While knowledge is great, security is more important. YES – TECHNICALLY YOU CAN PUT EPUB FILES ON YOUR TENDENCI SITE. But to do so your network administrator will need to do it for you for security reasons. The reason is that epub and mobi files can contain viruses or malware just like many other file formats (*cough* “Adobe flash” *cough*).

A book can have a code example. Depending on how your browser or e-reader “reads” that code example it may or may not execute the code. And that may or may not be malware. Typically the code itself would not be infected and would pass a virus scanner. Rather it would call another site and download a virus from that alternate location.

For more on the wonderful functionality that makes epubs more accessible, but also a security threat if not carefully vetted, visit http://epubzone.org/news/epub-3-and-interactivity

Two screen shots from the epubzone.org site are pasted below.

epub javascript

And examples:

pop ups from js in epubs

To be sure I love learning sites that have code that I can use to learn with in my web browser. MOOCs are awesome. But Tendenci is not a MOOC. So our current system is not set up to allow uploads of epubs or mobi given the millions of people who log into hundreds of open source tendenci sites hosted or in the wild. We are just cautious.

And again – there are alternatives.

  1. Upload it to a different location and link to it <– RECOMMENDED!
  2. Sell it with a company like Amazon who takes care of all of it for you <– RECOMMENDED!
  3. Have your Network Administrator upload it if you must. But if this is the case, why not just make it a PDF? <– NOT RECOMMENDED

PS – One part of being a hacker is you are frequently accused of being an “Eeyore.” This is tiring. And incorrect. Caution online is really – well – the teamwork of Q and Bond. Aware of current reality. Curious. The ability to think perhaps a bit deviously. To know what is possible – both good and bad – to protect you.