Rather than me posting yet another entry about Convio, I decided to lift this message that Robert L. Weiner from the Strategic Technology Advisors to Nonprofit and Educational Institutions posted to a fundraising listserve yesterday:
Convio just announced that they will be releasing a donor database, code-named Akido, on the SalesForce.com platform. This will be a separate product from their online Constituent Relationship Management suite -- you don't have to be a Convio CRM client to use the database. They also say it's not simply a new template for SalesForce, but a product built from the ground up. Info is at: http://www.convio.com/signup/crm-system.html
As of now, the database is only available through what they're calling their Charter Program (which I read as beta testers). The program announcement includes a FAQ (at the bottom of the page) about the database and the program, plus some promotional videos: http://www.convio.com/convio/news/charter-media-room.html
And if you want more, Gene Austin, their CEO, is blogging about the new database here: http://tinyurl.com/5uldng
They plan to release the product in the 2nd half of this year. They haven't announced pricing.