Cut Through the ‘Middleware’ Confusion!

Oct 11, 2021

In a recent survey of organizations on the topic of middleware solutions for nonprofit data integration, the majority of respondents indicated that they weren’t even sure what ‘middleware’ was.  If you count yourself among that group, it’s normal.  Middleware is a fairly recent concept in the world of technology for nonprofits.

Technology-savvy folks complicate the matter further by throwing around terms such as ‘iPaaS’ and ‘iSaaS’ as though they were common vernacular.

Omatic’s new eBook, Middleware, iPaaS, and iSaaS for Nonprofits:  Cutting Through the Confusion, really does cut through the confusion by clearly focusing on key concepts and providing solid examples.  We start by explaining the concept of middleware, then examine middleware developed for data integration.  We then go a step further by defining, comparing, and contrasting iPaaS and iSaaS for nonprofits.

Is middleware right for you?

In today’s nonprofit technology environment, the question really becomes – not ‘is middleware right for you?’, but rather, ‘what kind of middleware of right for you?’  It will depend, among other things, on how your organization’s technology stack is structured and managed, what kind of expertise you have at your disposal, and what the needs of your end-users are.

There are a number of alternatives to consider.  Tactically, you want to end up with a middleware solution that’s intuitive, that will save time, and that’s cost-effective.  Strategically, you want middleware outcomes that will engender confidence in your data, leading to confidence in the processes that leverage your data, so you can engage your constituencies as effectively as possible, and successfully deliver your mission.

Let our eBook help guide you as you seek to understand the best approach to take.

Stu Manewith, CFRE
Stu Manewith, CFRE joined Omatic Software six years ago and serves as the company’s Director of Thought Leadership and Advocacy. In that role, he is Omatic’s nonprofit sector domain specialist and subject-matter expert and is responsible for actively promoting and demonstrating Omatic’s position as the nonprofit industry’s leading partner in the areas of data health and integration. Prior to Omatic, Stu spent 13 years at Blackbaud, working with Raiser’s Edge, Financial Edge, and Blackbaud CRM client organizations as a consultant, solution architect, and practice manager. Previously, Stu spent the first half of his career as a nonprofit executive, fundraiser, and finance director, working in both the healthcare and arts/cultural arenas of the nonprofit sector. He holds business degrees from Washington University and the University of Wisconsin, and he earned his CFRE credential in 1999.