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.
Concordia Technology Solutions - MemberConnect
MemberConnect takes the portion of church management that benefits members and puts it online — making information available to church members, and allowing ministry leaders to effectively and easily manage their ministry communications.
Target Market: Medium - Large
Quick Summary - Oddly compelling. Not sure if the two products work together, needs more research.
Level 2 Analysis:
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Level 2 Summary - Shepherd’s Staff, the CMS side of the equation, is a desktop database, not a client server RDBMS. Not sure what technology it’s using, but we need an enterprise level robust solution, and this does not appear to be it. The MemberConnect side of things looks fairly intriguing, but is hampered by the CMS side. No further research necessary at this time.