September 19, 2012   by

Chamasoft Beta Announcement

A small update  on where we are with chamasoft at the moment.

We have a tentative day of launching a beta version of chamasoft on Monday 1st October 2012….We have since moved this date to 1st October 2013

We are tackling the following items at the moment:

  1. Registration of users and groups
  2. User invitations from group owners
  3. Upload of users from an existing list eg excel csv
  4. Finance Module- This module is quite extensive and  we have had to rewrite most of what we had done in June.. Some of the finance module functionalities include:
    1. Members contributions
    2. Penalties
    3. Investments
    4. Funds Management
      1. Incoming funds
      2. Outgoing funds

Of course this is just the beginning and we will keep on improving the application as we receive your feedback, especially for the group which will receive the beta test

Ps: To sign up for beta test, please register www.chamasoft.com/betalaunch 

Below are a few images of what we are doing. Let us know what you think

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23 Comments

    Rael
    on September 20, 2012, 2:20 PM

    Keep up your good work and we are here to support you


      Martin Njuguna
      on September 20, 2012, 2:23 PM

      HI Rachel,

      Thanks for writing. We are working quickly to get to beta version where you will actually be able to test drive the software yourself


    Ben
    on September 20, 2012, 3:57 PM

    Good stuff, is the software web based or desktop?


      Martin Njuguna
      on September 20, 2012, 4:05 PM

      Hi Ben

      Thanks for writing, The software will be web based. Any particular features you would wish to have for your group?


    tony
    on September 20, 2012, 6:45 PM

    OK OK you guyz are just doing what is marvelous let me ask you. men what are your objectives, what do you do specifically,,. how do you get income are you fun page or commercial, and if infomercial, what are your services


      Martin Njuguna
      on September 20, 2012, 9:02 PM

      Hi Tony,
      Thanks for you comment! Our Objectives are to save the world 🙂 On a more serious note, we are developing a simple to use web application to help chamas manage their group communications in a simple manner.
      How we get our income? Currently, we also design websites and web applications for other clients. You can learn more about us here: http://www.digitalvision.co.ke

      Do you belong to an investment group?


    Kaburu
    on September 21, 2012, 12:08 PM

    Fantastic!


      Martin Njuguna
      on September 21, 2012, 12:18 PM

      Thanks! We are working like crazy up in here….we hope to send out some eeeh…. ‘white smoke’ on 1st Oct 🙂


    Jeri
    on September 21, 2012, 1:59 PM

    Hi, I think you are on the right track. Some clarifications though:
    1. Is the software is such a way that each member gets an notification of the next meeting and/or payment due?
    2. Aside from the monthly contributions, have you factored in loans and interest therein?
    3. How much will the software cost? Having asked that, I hope there will be a trial period so a club can establish its viability.
    Good work though, I believe this will be a hit with most investments clubs.
    All the best,
    Jeri


      Martin Njuguna
      on September 21, 2012, 2:55 PM

      Hi Jeri,
      Thank you for writing.
      Qn 1: Notifications: Yes we are factoring that into the software
      Qn2:For the edition we are releasing on 1st Oct, Only monthly contributions will be availed but loans and interest will be in the next version
      Qn3:We will have a trial period for the software of course. The costing will be announced later , after you have already tested the application.

      We hope that you will find our software useful to your investment club

      Martin


    Ken
    on September 22, 2012, 12:25 AM

    Good Stuff! Android App???


      Martin Njuguna
      on September 22, 2012, 4:51 PM

      HI Ken,

      Nice to have you aboard. We want to focus on the web application first, then we will decide on developing for other platforms, eg android or desktop


    Meaggy
    on September 22, 2012, 11:10 AM

    Awesome!being a credit officer this will come in hand,for the chama members and more so for us in office.Thinking though,if it web based what of the chama in shagz or remote areas,whom we also tend to?
    Thumbs up so far.


      Martin Njuguna
      on September 22, 2012, 4:54 PM

      Hi Muindi,

      Thanks for the comment. We are for now working on the web app,then we will evaluate the options of developing especially for chamas without constant internet access and we will actually discuss that with the users


      Martin Njuguna
      on August 28, 2013, 6:15 PM

      Dear Muindi,

      For now we will only provide a web based version, android version or access from low end mobile phones will be later on


    kago
    on October 2, 2012, 11:08 AM

    Hi Martin
    we are eagerly waiting for the beta version.Hope all is well so far.


      Martin Njuguna
      on October 2, 2012, 11:38 AM

      Hi Kago, We are still on, Just fixing a few minor issues so that you will have a better user experience when you login. Give us an additional 48 hours


    liz
    on December 7, 2012, 12:48 PM

    you talk of the ‘next version’ which will factor in loans and interest, when will it be out? otherwise, good stuff !


      Martin Njuguna
      on August 28, 2013, 6:13 PM

      Dear Liz,

      We are working hard on this and we will be giving you test drive on the same soon, The financial module already has the loan and interest calculation on it


    Hemed
    on July 22, 2013, 1:01 PM

    This is prety good work.
    Is the sorftware for member monthly contributions already in place.

    How do you go acquiring it?


      Martin Njuguna
      on August 28, 2013, 6:12 PM

      Yes, this feature is available and more, we will be sending you a link to do a beta test with the software


    Daniel mbugua
    on August 29, 2013, 2:50 PM

    Hello,

    I really like what your software can do and its pretty amazing. I however noticed a couple of bugs, or they might not be, with it. I am also not sure if I am using the right one since the link you provided at the top in the line “Ps: To sign up for beta test, please register here”, is not really working.

    An example is, when I try to update my member information, the contributions “mysteriously” disappear and with my software engineering experience I tend to think there is a field overwriting this data, most like the when “Opening Balance” is left blank, when you save new information. I have also noticed that the application is still on debug mode which displays a lot of the inner workings of the software in terms of file paths and variables which presents a security risk.

    I like what the software can do and I will be happy to help make it better by pointing out on issues.


    Martin Njuguna
    on August 29, 2013, 3:08 PM

    Dear Daniel

    Thanks for your feedback and for testing chamasoft,

    We will be fixing the issues raised. As you noted, we are in beta mode and we are yet to complete some modules or some bug fixing

    We really appreciate your feedback


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