Summer 2016 Release News: The Sky’s the Limit with Blackbaud K–12

May 23, 2016 Jackie Christensen

Six months ago at bbcon we made a pretty major announcement. Blackbaud committed to a cloud strategy that would shepherd in unprecedented rapid innovation across the entire product portfolio. The foundation of this strategy is a modern architecture called Blackbaud SKY™.

How will your school benefit from Blackbaud SKY™?

Guess what? If you are using Raiser’s Edge NXT™, Financial Edge NXT™, collecting online Payments with an ON product or sending out email notifications you are already benefiting from Blackbaud SKY in a big way.

The NXT Solution Line is designed with SKY UX™ a modern RWD (responsive web design) user experience with intuitive and reusable patterns developed collaboratively by our cadre of interaction and design experts.

Our Blackbaud Secure Payments (BBSP), Blackbaud Merchant Services (BBMS) and Blackbaud  Communication Services (BBCS) are also a critical piece of the Blackbaud SKY strategy. These services are shared across the Blackbaud portfolio. Centralizing these services means efficiency, performance and security for our schools.

So what’s next for Blackbaud K-12 and Blackbaud SKY?

With the June 29th release we will start to transition the "ON" product look and feel to SKY UX.

For the Techies: This involves making changes to CSS and HTML used in the “ON” products to make our screens look and feel more like SKY UX. For new screens it also involves using SKY UX components and associated client-side technologies (such as AngularJS).

In order to truly deliver on our Whole School Connected vision then having the experiences between all the solutions that run your school must be seamless. Having common user experiences--whether you are using onMessage, onBoard, onCampus, onRecord, Raiser’s Edge NXT, Financial Edge NXT or Smart Tuition™--allows you to traverse learning curves quickly and focus on your critical work - delivering on your school’s mission with ease.

Here’s an example of an "ON" screen today:

And what it would look like in SKY UX

We think you’ll find the updates in fonts and design elements to be relatively minimal. However, we do want to give you some flexibility and control around when you transition your school community to the new experience.

You’ll be able to self-manage changing to SKY UX between the release and the start of school. Be on the look-out for more details in our release letters.

We will be talking more about the SKY vision at UC16 however, do not hesitate to reach out to your Account Executive if you have questions or concerns.

About Blackbaud SKY:

Blackbaud SKY brings together an unparalleled set of capabilities that power an ecosystem of good™. Designed exclusively for the global philanthropic community, Blackbaud’s new cloud combines infrastructure, processes and pre-integrated services (like payments, analytics, email, online donations and more) to deliver total solutions that help customers achieve their highest potential—all with industry-leading security, scale and performance. Blackbaud SKY also includes SKY UX for a consistent, always-modern user experience, and SKY API, which offers industry-standard open REST APIs that allow customers, application developers and partners to customize or extend functionality


About the Author

Jackie Christensen

As a Senior Product Manager, Jackie Christensen has been a member of Blackbaud K-12's product development team since the inception of the ON products. In fact, she was on site with the first school to launch onCampus and onRecord. She has loved the journey of working with schools and our UX and technical team to bring ideas to life with each release iteration. Jackie lives in NH with her husband Mark and 3 boys. Depending on the season, you’ll either find them at the lake or skiing.

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