As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that our software is
up-to-date, useful and of high quality, we have conducted a web-based VMD
users' survey. We designed the questionnaire used in the survey to
determine the needs and expectations, as well as to assess the
satisfaction of our users. A copy of the survey is on p. 18.
The survey sought to gather data on four basic areas:
On February 8, 1999, cover letters announcing the survey and
specifying its URL location were electronically mailed to 1061 valid
current VMD users. The 132 responses received after the first week
represent a 12.4% response rate, with most replies arriving within the
first 24 hours. A week later, on February 15, a first reminder was sent
and the overall rate of response went up to 30.9% (additional 196
responses). Following the second reminder, two weeks later on March 1,
the response rate topped 42% (additional 122 responses). The survey
ended on March 15, 1999 with a total of 450 completed questionnaires.
Acknowledgements and thank-you notes were sent to all
respondents, accompanied by immediate answers to technical questions
raised by the survey participants.