Tuesday, July 22, 2008


If you haven't already, you MUST read the summary of what we are looking for. This is critical to understand my comments. The vendors being reviewed work hard to provide a good product to serve the church, and they should be commended for that. Our needs are very specific, and just because a product isn't right for us does not mean that it isn't perfect for your church. By the same token, just because we didn't like a product does not mean it doesn't meet needs or provide genuine value to its clients. The blurb and "target market" are taken from the capterra list I referenced in my first post. Finally, my thoughts are my own and not an official position of my employer. Thank you.

Suran Systems - CDM Plus
A fully integrated suite containing Membership, Attendance, Contributions, Accounting, Payroll, and Event Registration.
Target Market: Mid
Quick Summary - We definitely need to look closer, need higher end support options

Level 2 Analysis:

How big? - 20
How many customers? - 3500
How long in business? - 1986
Are they profitable? - I assume so
Technical Details - Cross platform database.

Volunteer Management - Doesn’t seem to be a strong suit
Web Integration - Tacked on as a separate, limited function service.
Attendance - I like the fact that they track visitors separate until you are ready to integrate them. It seems like they view attendance tracking as a high priority.
Assimilation - Manual

Level 2 Summary - Although CDM+ is what we use for our financials, it does not appear from what I can find online that they offer the tools we need on the membership side. Their website doesn’t offer a lot of info, unfortunately. Their new web module is a start, but has a long way to go. There are better options out there for us.

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