Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ChMS - EzRA Church Management

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.

Client Management Solutions - EzRA Church Management
Web-based church management software that allows pastors, administrators and leaders to effectively manage their membership.
Target Market: Mid - Large
Quick Summary - Nice, odd, but intriguing.

Level 2 Analysis:

How big? - Small, but venture capitalized
How many customers? - No idea. Seems pretty small.
How long in business? - 2004 or so?
Are they profitable? - I’m guessing no.
Technical Details - SAAS, little else known.

Volunteer Management - Not really.
Web Integration - Mediocre
Attendance - No mention of it
Assimilation - Poor

Level 2 Summary - Nice website, no content. As I dig deeper into Ezra this appears to be a very immature product. The product blog was last updated in 2006. The flagship church does not use their web presence stuff, and it almost feels a bit like abandonware to me. It appears that they got an infusion of capital in November of 2007, but I don’t see how that has helped them except perhaps making their new website. Cross them off the list.

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