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Orgsync? Inexpensive Portal Solution? Have you heard of it?

I had our student service coordinator ask me today if I would consider looking at orgsync as a possible portal solution for student services. https://orgsync.com

I had never heard of it until today but I'll be partcipating in a conference call with their sales team on Wednesday. My question to the group is, have you heard of this company or had experience with them?

I know "to portal or not to portal" is a hot topic. I think mainly because it can cost upwards of half a million to implement, over a period of 6 to 18 months. Orgsync claims we can implement a fully hosted and supported solution for under $5K a year with little to no resources needed from IT.

What do you guys think?
Jaz

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I preffer to make our my solution with my team!
It is the best solution because always you will be requested to do a alot of things at the Portal, and woulbe a absurdo if you'll answer "I cant to do it, because our solution cant accept this."

I workd with all possibilities to the user and to the site owner.

Example: www.mauriciodenassau.edu.br
I have not heard of them until reading your post, but I think running their site through an html validation and taking a look at their generated source of their site may tell you alot about how they operate.

Have you considered implementing open-source solutions? Like DotNetNuke or Joomla etc.?
Thank you for your replies.

Thiago, is that a home-grown system? I like the inerface.

Greg, open source is great if you have a programmer you can dedicate to researching bug fixes or contributing bug fixes to the community as well as customizing it to suite your needs. I like your idea of validating their code.
I would highly recommend trying out at least a couple of open source options, since they are free there is nothing to lose really and you will have an idea of what to look for with an enterprise level solution from a service provider.

Plus if a custom module is needed for an open source solution a contracted programmer could be hired to provide the service.
Jaz,

I'm a developer for OrgSync and I ran across your post and wanted to give you some insight into how OrgSync can help solve your student service needs. Currently, we offer over 30 different tools and modules ranging from calendars and events, to dues management and group-wide polls -- all within the same package. These tools are currently being utilized by over 1000 various organizations and are empowering their members and leaders to manage themselves.

I would take the HTML validation comment with a grain of salt, seeing as neither this forum on Ning, Facebook, MySpace, or LinkedIn are "valid HTML". The real value that is derived from these sites are how they function for their users/clients. We allow clients to request customized development at a certain price but for most organizations, is unnecessary due to the flexibility of our software package.

If you have any other questions about how our site or customer service compares with an open source option or our competitors, please contact us at support@orgsync.com. We look forward to speaking with you and clarifying any other questions you may have. Have a great day!
Just a quick reply to an old post.

We have OrgSync (got it for our student organizations to use, and are considering expanding that, but for now, it's just for students).

It is a solution for us, and we are beginning expanded usage across more student organizations now.

Without dedicated programmers/developers at the helm, open source solutions get spam attacked by bots, they get exploited by hackers, they get turned into spyware/malware zombies, and then you get the wonderful "abuse" emails from CSU.NET (*ahem...please...tell your server to stop trying to sell us Cialis*)

I am a staunch supporter of the use of open source solutions, when you have the staff to properly support them, however, the security risks were too great for us to risk using them in any campus-wide type implementation.

Additionally, as of this post, OrgSync's solution now allows users to connect their OrgSync account with their Facebook account (further leveraging existing social network usage into the portal).

The cost is very low, the app is built on the Ruby on Rails framework, and interface is straightforward and simple to use.

I recommend anyone in need of a student portal solution to take a closer look at OrgSync.

Justin

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