Charleston-based Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, announced that SKY API™ for Raiser’s Edge NXT™ and Financial Edge NXT™ is now generally available to customers and partners.
With SKY API, developers will have access to open, industry-standard REST APIs, allowing them to customize, integrate or extend the functionality of their current solutions – changing the game for how organizations contribute to the ecosystem of good. Today’s SKY API launch includes a constituent API for Raiser’s Edge NXT, Blackbaud’s flagship cloud fundraising and relationship management solution, as well as accounts payable and general ledger APIs for Financial Edge NXT, Blackbaud’s cloud financial management solution.
“Today’s announcement builds on the 2015 release of our open SKY UX, and launches the first wave of what will be a very rich set of SKY APIs supporting the social good community,” said Mary Beth Westmoreland, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Blackbaud. “By giving our customers and partners access to open, REST APIs, we’re enabling them to connect and integrate Blackbaud solutions with other applications and services that are critical to their mission success.”
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Blackbaud is actively empowering its developer community with tools to support its open innovation, and has already received industry praise for its SKY API developer portal. Vlad Vinogradsky, principal product manager from Microsoft’s API management team said, “Developers leveraging Blackbaud’s SKY API have robust tools at their fingertips. The SKY API Developer Portal, powered by the Azure API Management product, is excellent and probably the best portal I’ve ever seen in terms of how carefully it was built out. Blackbaud’s team has put a lot of effort behind it and has worked closely with our product team allowing us to provide valuable feedback throughout the development process.”
Beta customer Corning Museum of Glass already has seen new value from leveraging Blackbaud’s SKY API. “The power of the SKY API is that, for developers, it changes our conversations inside the organization,” said James Truxon, lead application developer. “Since it’s an industry-standard REST API with clear documentation, we can now speak confidently to stakeholders about integration options, timing and budget.”
YMCA of Middle Tennessee sees today’s announcement as another way Blackbaud is anticipating the needs of the modern nonprofit. “SKY API will support our best-of-breed approach to software,” said Blake Moody, director of philanthropic information technology. “Staff in different units can work efficiently in their chosen systems, as key information syncs in a consistent and automated fashion for improved visibility and effectiveness across the organization.”
For more information about the announcement or to stay informed of upcoming SKY API releases, visit https://developer.sky.blackbaud.com.