We’ve been working hard to get the technology, content, and business operations in place over the past few weeks and we are making a lot of progress. We have the community up, we are categorizing and combining content sources, and we are reaching out to a number of potential members to review our plans and gather feedback.
Thank you to those of you who have been generous with your time and thoughts – we definitely appreciate it and some areas that we think are good synergies for our original concept have been identified. One of which is to work on standards for things like metrics, processes, and policies. There are potential members who are working on tools and standards already and having access to a bigger group of qualified peers to help is a win-win for them as well as The Community Roundtable.
We’ve also talked to a number of potential partners who see The Community Roundtable as a nice complimentary service to what they already offer and because we are committed to protecting the identity of members, see us a trusted partner which they feel comfortable recommending to their customers. We endeavor to be fair and balanced with sponsors while also being mindful of offering members a safe place to discuss a wide variety of issues and that trust is critical to us – and we are honored that we have it – both from potential members and sponsors.
As we build out our infrastructure we are also mindful of not spending too much on capital ahead of potential success. We are therefore using Ning as our initial community platform. This allows us to maintain some degree of vendor neutrality while offering us a low cost test bed that is stable, reliable, and easy to use. It will have limitations as our community and content grows but it allows us to get up quickly and adapt as customers show us what is most interesting to them.
Take a look at our content models and some screen shots:
We are excited to see things take shape and are interested in your feedback, questions, and suggestions. If you are interested in chatting, please get in touch with us – firstname.lastname@example.org/@rhappe or email@example.com/@jimstorer