I haven't been blogging much recently. I kind of fell out of love with it for a while, and realised I was putting myself under too much pressure to produce stuff. While I have a few readers, I decided it's not worth the effort forcing myself to write stuff, just to keep my blog popular. So I've been kicking back, going to bed early, leaving the computer at work, doing nothing in the evening, watching more DVDs. Plus I was off work for a couple of days with a cold, which took me out of it for a while. That's why it's been a bit quiet round here.
But I'm back in the saddle now, rewriting my PHP course and reviewing open source CRMs for the OpenAdvantage website (SugarCRM has been occupying me for most of the last week: it's a beast [how bloody hard is it to setup email campaigns?!], but I figured it was worth indulging the time, as people keep ringing me up about CRMs - it's this year's CMS). I spent a couple of days just writing a glossary of CRM terms to get my head around it (which will be part of my review eventually). Any suggestions for open source CRMs I should consider for my review, put 'em in the comments. Here's my current short list (NB some of these aren't CRMs, or just have CRM bits, but I thought alternatives for contact and project management might be handy too):
Some of these aren't even open source (probably) and some will get dismissed flippantly out of hand (I haven't got time to go in-depth on all of them), but there you go.
Next week sees me visiting the House of Commons for the launch of the National Open Centre project (yes, it's a Drupal site). Funding is still being sorted out, but we're hopeful it will come off. The launch "party" will be the official start of the project (without funding, but we're going ahead anyway). I'm still working full time at OpenAdvantage, and it will be interesting to see how (if) we morph into the NOC, and what my duties will be then. Like OpenAdvantage, it's tricky to predict until you get into it, but I'm sure it will be interesting: open source and open standards, but at a policy level, is the aim, but how that will translate into day-to-day work I'm not sure.