Although I've really been digging 30 boxes lately, I'm thoroughly overjoyed and giddy by this AM's news of the Google Calendar launch. Tech Crunch has the skinny.
With Google Calendar I am seeing a clearer actualization of what Steve Wright from the Salesforce.com Foundation has called the On Demand Nonprofit - using integrated web-based services to further a nonprofit's mission by eliminating the expense and complexity of closed and/or client/server systems.
- I'm switching CERF over to Gmail for Domains in the very near future (received an account a couple weeks ago) so we can have both POP and webmail access (and they're integrated no less).
- I'm using Thumbware.com's Salesforce.com Gmail Integration tools (there's one other one, but I'm not sure if its public yet). Ian...thank you for all your work.
- I'm using Writely to collaborate on shared documents, using the document URL in the Project area of Salesforce.com
Connecting the dot orgs is not all about Google and Salesforce.com. Anyone at NTC can tell you that application integration is all the talk - how to best leverage the strengths of different systems for the benefit of mission driven organizations. The closed system players of Raiser's Edge, Kintera, Convio and the like are scared by the is new business and technology delivery model - precisely because they have not adapted (and no, the summer release of RE online does not count...its still closed).
There's an emerging ecosystem of players out there - and IMHO, they have far more street credibility for serving the nonprofit sector (and the greater good) rather than taking advantage of it:
- Democracy in Action
- There are so many others...please use comments to list yours.
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