AskiaField updated to 5.3.5

AskiaField has been refreshed! As you might know, the dev team is full-blast, hands in the engine, getting ready to release our next major AskiaField version 5.4.
Along with the early days of 5.4, our Belgian partners, MyForce, have recently made a big process audit and started implementing new software release systems, wishlist systems for new features, and large-scale automatic testing processes.
Before these marvelous times come to production, we wanted to introduce you to our latest and final iteration of AskiaField 5.3 : version 5.3.5, which comes packed with features that are announcing 5.4 and its awaited multi-mode surveys feature.

On the menu today

Partial multi-mode surveys, lightning-fast data exports, “pretty” URL invitations, stereo recording on agents, “Call now” feature improvement, new keywords, and more…

Partial multi-mode surveys

(Start in CAWI, finish in CATI)

5.3.5 announces the beginning of the true multi-mode era. We have added the possibility for the respondents to start a Web interview, and then allow telephony agents to call them back to help them complete the interview over the phone. It was also possible before 5.3.5, but required the use a couple of workarounds.
Now, it is as easy as can selecting one option in your sample list!

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Here is the feature highlight article in our help center.

The opposite operation (starting an interview in CATI and resuming in CAWI) will be included in a later release. Nevertheless, we have started to add features such as the ability to send an encrypted invitation mailing directly from the CATI station  to ease the transition.

Lightning fast exports

Mehdi – our french database guru (among other titles) – has completely re-worked the data exports to QES files.
The benchmarks are heavily setting the new exports as winner, with an average exporting speed improvement of 1000% (yes, three zeros).
We had already made this available in the form of a command line tool but starting from 5.3.5 on, the power of this tool is now included in CCA’s default installation.
Also, in order to scale up, we have separated the tool in an external service.

Read the article on our help center.

Pretty (and encrypted) invitation links

Askiaweb, in its 5.3.5 iteration, now supports shortened, “prettified” survey links!
It used to look old, and it sounded wrong to include machine-related information in the invitation links, such as the usual /cgi-bin/askiaext.dll parameters.

So, you can now switch from:

http://askia.com/WebProd/cgi-bin/askiaext.dll?Action=StartSurvey&SurveyName=MySurvey


to:

http://askia.com/WebProd/Start/MySurvey

We also packed in encryption options, to hide parameters like &Name=Stephen that respondents could attempt to modify just for fun.
It will look like:

http://askia.com/WebProd/~O1p1PnpkpSI

Find out more about Shorter, encrypted URL invitations in the Help Center

More

And below, more cool features for you to read on!

New importation keywords.

Stereo recording on agents

“Call Now” feature improvement

Call history available from CATI

Ways in which DemoSCOPE is harnessing the power of Askia software

We’re always eager to share news about ways in which our software is being used around the globe and here is an example from a Swiss customer, DemoSCOPE.

By way of a brief introduction, DemoSCOPE, a user of Askia software since 2010, is Switzerland’s largest owner-managed market research company. Established as a one-man business in 1961, DemoSCOPE today employs around 60 permanent staff as well as several hundred freelancers.

To continue with the theme of the article, DemoSCOPE has recently completed a project for the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) and is about to start another one, with different Askia data collection products central to each.

Firstly, the project which has just ended saw around 100,000 CAPI interviews collected for the national traffic survey “Transalpine and cross-border passenger transport 2015”. Interviews were conducted at all road and rail borders and alpine crossings using the Askiaface app for iOS and Android on smartphones. For road transport, cars were stopped and drivers interviewed; for rail transport, passengers were interviewed on the trains.

Secondly, DemoSCOPE won a multi-year contract with the same organization earlier this year, offering a solution for a support hotline and interviews as part of the Swiss census system. Around 30,000 support calls and e-mails will be handled by DemoSCOPE through their Askia inbound platform, a ticketing system and an external application from the Federal Office of Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication (FOITT).

Stefan Klug, DemoSCOPE’s Head of Operations said, “both projects were only able to be offered and won with the latest Askia CAPI and CATI software in place. CAPI on Android and iOS has great advantages when running such large-scale projects.” Stefan then went on to mention that Askia’s integrated inbound telephony solution is a real USP for DemoSCOPE. “Having proposed and integrated CATI inbound into all of our bigger CATI projects for several years now has enabled us to create a new industry standard for CATI research in Switzerland” he added.