I've been loving the application so far in testing, and rather than put different bits of feedback into separate threads, I thought I'd put them all in one as a general mix. There's no particular order to these, and I have to forewarn that I'm a software engineer, and I critique software for a living, so forgive me if I get overly analytical.. I'm just speaking features here though as I certainly am not a web developer.
Love it! This replaces the forum-based roll call system I've been using for years entirely. The only feature I could see being added is a private notification to the immediate "Combat Supervisor" after a certain set of days so that they can go hound the player. The reason being, many people forget to report in, but they are not really AWOL. If they are set to AWOL even though they are active, it can look like they are truly inactive from the outside looking in. For example, after 14 days the Combat Supervisor is notified, after 21 days the person is marked AWOL. Applications:
Also an incredible replacement for forum-based applications! I would have two suggestions for this. Firstly, it would be nice to have a front-end recruiters panel, much like the "Operations Center", so that they do not need to be in the admin panel. Permissions could simply be to process and update an application. Secondly, it would be nice to be able to process and update an application in one interaction. To my understanding, you currently need to process the application, and then once it is processed, return to the application and update it. The "process" interaction should also include updating the application status and optionally sending an application update message from the recruiter.
Additional Feature (Attendance):
In my unit, we have a multi-criteria approach to promotion requirements. This is primarily based off attendance, and attendance ratio. So, "overall lifetime attendance ratio", and "past-8 week attendance ratio" are two criteria that important to us. It would be incredible if we could track operation attendance by marking who is/isn't at an event, and then have that record keeping push to the personnel file of everyone listing when they have and have not attended. This may require a separate tab of "Attendance Records". Right now the way around this seems to be adding a new record individually to everyone saying "Player X missed operation", or "Player Y attended operation". With a big unit, this can get really tedious, really fast. To my knowledge, this is the only system we have to keep on google docs right now that is unable to switch to PERSCOM. Branding:
I understand why there is a branding message at the top - it's good marketing. That said, for what is an expensive application in the world of IPS, I was surprised to see there was still a branding message. Also, as much as I love the 3rdInf, having a link to another units website at the top of your units website is definitely not desired. If unwilling to remove branding at the current price point, perhaps add a one-time branding removal for purchase. Menu Bar:
This is a small thing, but the dropdown menu of PERSCOM has not updated to fit my theme automatically like other applications do. Most players probably will never notice that, but now that I have, I can never forget it! ?
I misinterpreted the forum integration to think that the PERSCOM ranks would integrate to IPB groups. That's on me, but it would be a nice feature to add in the future. The more important one to me would be to automatically update the IPB profile picture of a user based on their PERSCOM rank, as we do that here manually, and it eats up a good bit of time when you're promoting a large group.
Again, I can't stress enough that I love the application, but I hope my feedback can help you as you continue your improvements! There's a high chance that some of this feedback is invalid, as I've only been using PERSCOM for under 24hrs.