August 12, 2007

New ChMS, here we come!

The time has finally arrived for us to begin our Next Generation Church Management System project ("NextGen" for short). We're blessed to have Travis Morgan joining our team half-time this week to serve as project manager. Travis is already on staff at Resurrection as the Director of Operations for Resurrection West. He has brought in a person to cover half his duties at Resurrection West so he can work with us half-time for the next 9 months, or so. He joined the Resurrection West staff a year ago from Cerner, a major player in the hospital software market based here in Kansas City. At Cerner he managed projects to implement their health care information system in hospitals, so he brings a wealth of experience with the issues he will face on this project.

We have our NextGen project kick-off meeting next week and will start with requirements gathering from all ministry departments. Our short list is (in no particular order):

Shelby Arena
Proclaim CRM
Fellowship One
Blackbaud

Our plan is to make the system selection by early November with implementation in the first quarter of 2008. Game on!

One of the first issues we are facing is the whole question of Software-as-a-Service vs. traditional buy-software-and-run-it-in-house. As I'm thinking about that, this article caught my eye.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let me know how I can help. I represent Blackbaud products for Kansas.

David Platte
800-443-9441 x3334
david.platte@blackbaud.com

Mark said...

I'm down at Rhema Bible Church/Kenneth Hagin ministries down in Tulsa and I am actually going through the same process. One issue I am having to look at is how to manage multiple CRM's and their data to try and keep things synched up together.

On another note, I will be registering for the Round Table here in a day or so! Looking forward to it.

Mark Burleson

Steve McAtee said...

Please share your requirements here. As a developer of an Open-Source solution I would like to see what drives your selection and what features drove your choice.

I'm sure this could help other vendors and other churches.