How OpenWater and NetForum Enterprise Work Together | OpenWater

How OpenWater and NetForum work together

Trade Associations and Professional Societies have used NetForum for decades! OpenWater has been an integration partner with NetForum through the journey from Avectra to Abila and now Community Brands. When using OpenWater to collect nominations for awards, submissions for a call for papers, or votes for a board of elections our integration ensures a seamless user experience for your members.  When the information is processed it is also sent back to Netforum where it can be sliced and diced.


Single Sign On and Information Pre-Population
Your members login using the credentials they already have with your organization.  After being validated, they will be sent over to OpenWater with their information pre-populated.  This is a true single sign on in the sense that if a member is already logged into your platform they will seamlessly be logged into OpenWater.  When they sign out of OpenWater they will also be logged out of NetForum.

Member Specific Pricing
If you use OpenWater to charge submission fees, we can make use of the customer information and membership status to help determine their pricing.

Optional Support for Non-Member Account Access
Some use cases need both Member and non-Members to access OpenWater.  We have you covered with a toggle setting you can use on a workflow by workflow basis to enable guest access.

Person Lookups and Other Queries

We can harness the power of the Query Builder right inside an OpenWater application.  One of the most common uses of lookups are to ensure authors associated with a conference abstract are correctly identified.  See this in action:

Activity Push Back

We can push back notes and activities regarding participation in an awards program or winner status.  This data can then be queried from within the NetForum Backend.

Finance Push Back

Revenue collected from OpenWater can be pushed back as orders in NetForum so that your finance department can look at a single source of data for payments reconciliation. Finance pushback requires a mapping from OpenWater to one or more products in NetForum.


What APIs do you use?
We use the XWEB Api.

Do You Use a Bridge?
Yes, OpenWater has developed its own Netforum Bridge. You will need to request XWEB credentials from your Netforum support representative.

What is the timeline / cost?
Integrations are typically completed within 2 weeks and require 10 – 40 Consulting Hours