Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ChMS - E-Church Essentials

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.

E-Church Essentials - The Essential Solution
Web-based church ministry software. Evangelize, Disciple and Mobilize Teams online.
Target Market: Small - Large
Quick Summary - Interesting, doesn't really work with Safari, more fluff than substance

Level 2 Analysis:

How big? - A married couple and a friend perhaps?
How many customers? - Unsure
How long in business? - Unsure
Are they profitable? - Probably not.
Technical Details - Their website is incompatible with Safari. Does not bode well for their expertise in creating web apps.

Volunteer Management - manual
Web Integration - poor
Attendance - none shown
Assimilation - nope

Level 2 Summary - This appears to be basically a website tool, but one that is poorly designed. The whole thing is kind of a mess. They claim to be emergent, but their website takes forever to do anything. ADHD people need not apply unless you like watching videos narrated by a lady with a droning, irritating voice. Lots of beeps and boops when looking at screens reminds me of the days of playing Atari. Very odd. Obviously this product misses me completely.

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