IN YOUR OWN WORDS:
Quotes from our members using ZIMS2012
"There is no manual on ZIMS, and at first it confused me how to add new ZIMS users. And it is written in English, I felt so negative in the beginning.
"However when I continue using ZIMS, I can understand how to use it. There are the words that I don't know its meanings, however ZIMS is the user-intuitive application and I really feel it is very user friendly.
-- Dr. Yoshihiko Takagi
Saitama Children’s Zoo
"This is one of our busiest times of the year and I am finding adding bird clutches and batch information simple with ZIMS, there are a few areas that could do with tweaks but overall it is a fantastic achievement. I am a keen administrator and value the extended use we can get out of ZIMS over time."
-- Alison Woodward
Pensthorpe Conservation Trust
"I just wanted to pass on a complement on the Species Holding program in ZIMS - AMAZING! Much improved over the ISIS site!
"I absolutely love the feature and it's incredibly easy to use. Super helpful with all the information it provides too! Love it, love it, love it! The ease of information cuts my time in half that I have to sit and stare at the screen to figure out what I'm looking for!!"
-- Brigid Kilbane
El Paso Zoo
"...the new ZIMS totally rocks! It is WAY more user friendly...I am SO HAPPY with my new ZIMS!!
"It’s going to take some getting used to because I’ve been using ARKS and am really fast with ARKS. As you might know, the most important thing to me in our records-keeping has been the reporting, and that was the reason we did not go live with ZIMS a year ago. I have run nearly every type of report so far, and all my animals are present and accounted for (although some of their taxonomic names are incorrect but I’m sure that can be fixed) and all reports can be printed.
"I think what you do is pretty amazing, and I’m doubly amazed at the transformation between what ZIMS was in 2011 and what it is now."
-- Jayne Hardwick
"I thought I should let you know, I am enjoying ZIMS quite a bit. I love the batch weight entries. I love that you can see the text of all the notes. I love the weight graphs. I think I am going to like the Alerts for my fecal check due dates. I’m sure as I get further along, there will be more things I like.
"I’m sure you guys get more complaints than compliments, but so far I like it better than ARKS….thought you should hear it."
-- Jan Johnson
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
"I must thank you for your assistance, guidance and professionalism. We have only started to realize the potential of ZIMS as a management tool, even in our small institution, it’s remarkable!
-- Meyer de Kock
Al Bustan Zoological Centre
“…the best part of this change was the other night, I was playing on my iPad and I thought why not check if I could get on ZIMS and there it was, I was home and could check our institution, GREAT!!”
-- Bernard Gallant
Magnetic Hill Zoo
"I just wanted you to know that I think all the work you guys are doing with ZIMS is just fabulous. You all are doing a great job, and I really appreciate it!"
-- Stephanie Eller
"ZIMS is really great!!! It´s a pleasure to work with it!!"
-- Carsten Zehrer
Kurator / Curator
Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunn AG
"ZIMS is going very well, it is easy, speedy and user friendly! Well done!"
-- Maria Rodeano
Parco Zoo Punta Verde
"I just wanted to let you know I LOVE ZIMS. I am still learning all the ins and outs, but it’s great.
"The migration process was much less painful than I thought it would be. Getting staff registered for the on-line training was the hardest part and that was due to internal scheduling issues, not ISIS issues.
"ISIS staff was available and prompt with 'stupid, new user' questions. I’m still adjusting to the look of the new reports, but I’ve never looked back to ARKS.
"The program was a bit slow at first but I got a new computer soon after and now it works great. I’m so glad we converted to ZIMS. Nice job."
-- Tracy Frampton
"I am finding the new ZIMS much easier to use and definitely much more user friendly. And faster!"
"...you’ll be happy to hear that I’ve trained more than half our animal keepers on ZIMS and they were way ahead of me! They like it! I’m encouraging them to enter weights for their animals which will help keep things up to date and lessen my workload a bit.