CHARLESTON, S.C.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Continuing its focus on strengthening the customer experience, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) today announced that for the fourth consecutive year, it made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology.
“All of the efficiency we gain, costs we reduce, and customer service enhancements that result from our recent IT initiatives will ultimately help us better serve our nonprofit customers and support the good work they do.”
“We are honored to be recognized among this group of innovators in the InformationWeek 500,” said Todd Lant, Blackbaud’s vice president of corporate IT. “All of the efficiency we gain, costs we reduce, and customer service enhancements that result from our recent IT initiatives will ultimately help us better serve our nonprofit customers and support the good work they do.”
Key components of the IT projects Blackbaud is being honored for include:
- Investment in cloud technology platforms – as subscription revenue continues to grow (up 10.9 percent in 2012), the company built a new cloud-based training program for customers increasing demand and revenue in its Educational Services business.
- New IT-led products and services – creation of an internal analytical community focused on a unified business intelligence strategy and roadmap.
- Lowering IT costs while improving efficiency and customer service – using a combination of new technologies and custom-built solutions to streamline workflow and provide readily available, easily consumed and actionable data.
In addition, Blackbaud recently received patents for conceptualization of a composite membership model and the for a form generation wizard.
"The theme of this year's InformationWeek 500 is digital business. It's a movement, rooted in data analytics, mobile computing, social networking and other customer-focused technologies that are turning companies and industries on their ear," said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. "Every enterprise is now a digital business—or needs to become one fast. The organizations in our ranking are leading the way."
InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual InformationWeek 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of some of the best-known organizations in the country. Past overall winners include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group. Unique among corporate rankings, the InformationWeek 500 spotlights the power of innovation in information technology.
Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.
Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 28,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraising, eMarketing, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), financial management, payment services, analytics and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.
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Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud's investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.