Platforms break open, part II

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Platforms break open, part II October 18, 2007 The dust is settling. I looked over Allan Benamer’s post on the Convio and Kintera initiatives, I looked harder at the Convio Open and Kintera Connect docs, and I also had a chat with some Kintera folk.

Platforms break open!

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Platforms break open! At first blush, although Kintera officially got out the door first, announcing Connect weeks ago, and delivering the APIs and docs on Friday, their play is a good start, but Convio, announcing Open tomorrow, appears to be ahead in terms of providing real openness.

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Additionally, the company unveiled a new set of NetCommunity Open Platform APIs for creating custom parts, integrated web services, and custom transactions. Links to the new API are: Blackbaud Labs docs to BBNC There was a three-part release on Blackbaud’s Connections blog (not to be confused with Convio’s Connection Cafe ). I believe BBNC to be the most open part of Blackbaud’s core applications (discounting their acquisitions of eTapestry and Kintera here).

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Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

’s (NASDAQ: BLKB) Chief Executive Officer Marc Chardon announced today that the company has released its eagerly awaited technology platform, code-named Infinity, along with two new solutions that will enable the world’s largest nonprofits to optimize their information management. Hallmarks of the new platform include scalability, standards-based technology and new levels in IT security.

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Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

However, I think that if you adopt this recipe and make it your own, you’ll be able to do something that nonprofits rarely do with their IT infrastructure: adopt a lower-cost platform in phase 1 and exploit it cheaply in phase 2. They will penetrate the nonprofit market and Blackbaud, Convio, Kintera will cry as it happens (and RIGHTLY so). Their Office lookalikes for Word and Excel (Writer and Sheet) actually function better than Google’s Docs.

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Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

However, I think that if you adopt this recipe and make it your own, you’ll be able to do something that nonprofits rarely do with their IT infrastructure: adopt a lower-cost platform in phase 1 and exploit it cheaply in phase 2. They will penetrate the nonprofit market and Blackbaud, Convio, Kintera will cry as it happens (and RIGHTLY so). Their Office lookalikes for Word and Excel (Writer and Sheet) actually function better than Google’s Docs.

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