Mobile data collection

Magpi rated #1 mobile data collection app

Mobile data collection is become more and more popular nowadays, and everyone at Magpi was thrilled this past week to learn that Magpi was just rated the #1 mobile data collection app by Kopernik, an Indonesia-based organization, at their “Impact Tracker Tech” site.

The new site, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, aims to establish “a central marketplace at which organizations can access ICT-based tools and come to understand their pros and cons as well as their applications to specific needs.”  They look at tools in the categories of digital data collection apps, SMS communications platforms, geospatial mapping tools, and remote sensors.

What’s remarkable about the site is that this is the first such rating system I’m aware of that dares to offer a real opinion: while there have been many lists made of technology tools useful for international development, Kopernik puts themselves on the line with clear opinions as to which apps are better and why.

And we were very happy to see that Magpi scored highest in the “digital data collection” category along every parameter: usability, affordability, rapidity, scalability, and transferability.

They also try to cut through the technical jargon that obscures real understanding of these technical systems. Here’s an example:

‘Free and open source’ doesn’t mean no-cost, turn-key solutions ready for immediate deployment. Rather, it means that people with specific skills, such as IT programmers, can use open source tools to build something useful for organizations. However, most nonprofits and social enterprises do not have in-house programmers to help use such tools.

That’s the single most useful paragraph I’ve read all year on the topic.

The only quibble I have is that after singing our praises, they say Magpi is “to be used by organizations with limited IT and financial resources.”

Well, sure, Magpi is an option for those with limited resources, but many large organizations also want to save time and money!  Our users include most of the largest foreign aid contractors, and some of the smallest non-profits, and what they share in common is a desire to collect much-needed data and to do so in the most time-efficient and cost-effective way – and that’s just what Magpi lets them do.

– Joel Selanikio

Magpi mobile data collection

DataDyne is now Magpi – and better than ever

You’ve probably noticed a big change around here. That’s right, it’s official: we have taken the plunge and formally reintroduced ourselves as Magpi. We’re still the same team, but consolidated under the Magpi name. We’re excited to announce this shift in identity as well as a brand new version of our mobile data collection and mobile messaging technology as we strive to better serve our customers across the globe.

To add to the list of tremendous advancements as of late, we announced today new features now available through Magpi 2.0, the next generation of our mobile application suite. With all of the great work that Magpi is being used for across the globe, we’re thrilled to offer our users brand new features that are taking mobile data capture and mass messaging to the next level.

For starters, Magpi 2.0 has improved send/receive protocols to ensure users experience better performance, even over slow networks. Other new mobile features include:

  • Auto-update: form changes automatically sync to connected devices in the field – providing huge time savings for administrators
  • Subforms: users now have the ability to easily repeat question groups on forms, whether it’s for multiple household residents being surveyed, for every item in a supply location, or anything else that may require repeated questions, increasing accuracy and efficiency in the field
  • Enter-in List: users now have the option to view, and enter data into, all questions at once – really useful for larger screen devices such as tablet
  • Auto-share: shared forms automatically sync to connected devices in the field

As a part of Magpi 2.0, we have also made improvements to the Web facet of our product suite, including:

  • Dynamic messaging: enables users to schedule broadcast messages in relation to “special dates” like birthdays, appointment dates, due date, etc.
  • Blue labels: when designing forms, labels appear in blue (just like on mobile), which helps a lot in reviewing long forms
  • Import message lists: bulk import messages for broadcasting
  • Track data modifications: improved logging of form and data edits

We here at Magpi continue to be immensely inspired every day by our customers’ work around the world, and are thrilled to be able to provide them an even better mobile data collection and messaging platform. We hope that as our company continues to grow, we make it easier than ever for our customers to innovate and change the world!