Friday, October 12

Kintera goes to Open API

If you were impressed when you heard Wednesday's announcement that Sesame Workshop selected Kintera technology to expand the organization's online fundraising presence, wait until you hear this...

This morning, the company announced that Kintera Connect, the company's open application integration platform, is available for clients and partners to integrate directly with Kintera technology.

The loyal reader who tipped me off explains it this way: "it means that they are opening up their platform so you can connect with it from other applications. It's a big step because it means that you can develop your own applications and the data can still be fed through their systems"

You have to wonder if Convio will be pressured to announce the same thing at their conference in Austin next week... albeit with a lot less fanfare now that Kintera beat them to it.

4 comments:

"a fundraiser" said...

If you don't know much about what an Open API is... you can learn more here:

http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/05/web_services_es.html

or here:

http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2005/05/open_api_open_a.html

Anonymous said...

Kintera announced this months ago, though it still hasn't actually happened, and Convio WILL announce something similar next week, although I still don't know if it will make it easier to get online donor information into your direct mail database on a regular basis.

Convio "user" said...

I haven't heard anything that would suggest Convio is going to make an announcement in Austin... but I'm going to be there at the end of next week "fundraiser" and I will let you and this blog know if I hear anything!

Anonymous said...

I'm still not sure I understand what an Open API is. Can you explain more?