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Transform the way you work, interact, and succeed with the extensibility of Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT + Blackbaud Marketplace.

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You didn’t get your nonprofit where it is by standing still. With each new challenge, you adapted and evolved to meet the needs of your mission. You did more, learned more, and pushed more at every opportunity. And with the power of Blackbaud Marketplace you can now extend the use of Raiser’s Edge NXT to reach more, engage more, and take your mission further with custom applications that align to your specific organizational needs.

We want to show you how. Hear from Blackbaud developers how to get started developing your own apps and creative solutions. These are hands-on technical sessions for developers, led by some of Blackbaud’s lead developers. Self-service SKY API documentation and tutorials are available as guides afterwards.

SKY Developer: Overview Session

August 18, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. ET

We are OPEN for your creative solutions! We know that our customers depend on many different software applications in their back office on a daily basis. Blackbaud is committed to having an open platform that can integrate with other tools to improve your productivity. Join Ben Wong, Principal Product Manager for SKY Developer, as he explains the developer tools available to customers and partners to extend their solutions, including SKY API, SKY Add-ins, and SKY UX.

How to use SKY Add-ins to Integrate with Blackbaud in 60 Minutes

August 20, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Learn how developers can create a basic integration with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT using SKY Add-ins. Join Bobby Earl, Sr Principal Software Engineer for the Blackbaud SKY Developer Platform as he demonstrates the following:
  • Ways to display data within the context of a record in Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT
  • How to get started with the SKY Developer platform from creating your account to having an external data appear in Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT.
  • Extension points for Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT, Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT and Blackbaud Church Management

How to Integrate with SKY API

August 25, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. ET

We’ll demonstrate how developers can build more advanced integrations with SKY API. Join Ben Lambert, Senior Laureate Software Engineer) for the Blackbaud SKY Developer Platform, as he walks through key tasks, including:
  • Authorizing your application
  • Making your first API call
  • Syncing data with an external system
  • Introducing webhooks

How to Create a Seamless User Experience with SKY UX

August 27, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Learn how developers can leverage SKY UX to build apps rapidly with the Blackbaud design system. Join Bobby Earl, Sr Principal Software Engineer for the Blackbaud SKY Developer Platform as he reviews topics including:
  • Benefits of having a consistent user experience
  • How SKY UX can help you build faster
  • SKY Add-ins + SKY UX examples

Getting Started with the Microsoft Power Platform and Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT: Power Automate

September 1, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Boost your productivity in Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT by automating tasks and simplifying workflows using the Microsoft Power Platform. You’ll learn how the Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT Premium Connector matches up the fields in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT to those in the Power Platform to make it easier to build solutions leveraging the Microsoft Suite and any other application in the Microsoft ecosystem.

These tutorial sessions are designed for “citizen developers” – users of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT who feel comfortable with technology, but don’t have (and don’t need) a web development background.

Getting Started with the Microsoft Power Platform and Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT: Power Apps

September 3, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Boost your productivity in Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT by automating tasks and simplifying workflows using the Microsoft Power Platform. You’ll learn how the Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT Premium Connector matches up the fields in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT to those in the Power Platform to make it easier to build solutions leveraging the Microsoft Suite and any other application in the Microsoft ecosystem.

These tutorial sessions are designed for “citizen developers” – users of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT who feel comfortable with technology, but don’t have (and don’t need) a web development background.

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Meet the Developers:
 

Bobby Earl,
Senior Principal Software Engineer
Blackbaud

Bobby has been at Blackbaud for seven years and is a Senior Principal Software Engineer. He has been a core member of the SKY UX team for the last three years and has recently taking on becoming an evangelist for the SKY Developer Ecosystem. With over 15 years of experience building websites, he has watched the web constantly change and transform our culture. Although the technology stacks and implementations have changed, the principles have remained the same. He enjoys discussing the past, present, and future of web technologies with his Blackbaud colleagues. Bobby has four young children who keep him busy with LEGOs, Xbox, and biking.

Ben Lambert,
Senior Laureate Software Engineer,
Blackbaud

Ben Lambert is a Senior Laureate Software Engineer with a Blackbaud career spanning more than 26 years. He has worked on Raiser’s Edge since it was DOS-based, helped build out the first Windows version, and developed the core Gift module for Blackbaud Raiser's Edge 7. Since 2014, Ben has served as the primary architect behind Blackbaud's SKY API program. He is passionate about empowering customers, developers, and partners to do more by leveraging technology of all forms. Ben has a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a multi-instrumentalist and enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife, daughter, and their three dogs.

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Ben Wong,
Principal Product Manager, SKY Developer
Blackbaud

Ben joined Blackbaud in 2008 as a web developer and went on to lead a Digital Services team in Professional Services as a Senior Manager. He currently oversees Blackbaud's SKY Developer Platform and the Blackbaud Marketplace. He is also the Co-Founder of Birthdays For All (birthdaysforall.org), a nonprofit that provides birthday presents to foster children across South Carolina.

Kody Jackson,
Senior Technical Writer,
Blackbaud

Kody’s spent his adult life teaching, writing, and—most relevant to this presentation—tinkering with technical things. He’s worked at Blackbaud since 2017 and taught thousands of people how to get the most out of Raiser’s Edge NXT, Award Management, and eTapestry. He received a Master’s in History from the University of Texas in Austin and a Bachelor’s (also in History) from Baylor University. In his spare time, he enjoys surprising people with how much he and his twin brother look alike.

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