Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ChMS - Connect Our People

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.

Connect Our People - Connect Our People
A private, safe, and secure members-only area on the Internet that helps you to create a more vibrant and connected community.
Target Market: Large
Quick Summary - Facebook for church. Good idea, but is it still alive? Who uses this? More research needed.

Level 2 Analysis:

How big? - 3 people at best guess
How many customers? - As far as I can tell, one church?
How long in business? - Three years or so
Are they profitable? - Probably not
Technical Details - Not sure

Volunteer Management - No
Web Integration - Yes, can integrate into what we are doing
Attendance - No
Assimilation - No

Level 2 Summary - Connect Our People is really a private facebook for churches. Interesting concept, looks reasonably well executed, but it doesn’t do anything but those things. It seems like this also was launched with great fanfare and now there are tumbleweeds blowing across the website. I called tech support and got the voicemail of Scott Boulware, the “Vice President of Business Development” which is not very encouraging. His primary expertise seems to be acting, so maybe it should be “Acting VP of Business Development” :-) Might be worth a second look if other more complete and mature solutions don’t offer enough web 2.0 type functions.

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