Andrea L. Daub Information Systems Manager USI Foundation
University of Southern Indiana 8600 University Boulevard Evansville, IN 47712 812-465-1641 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.usi.edu
Hi, John. I don't have experience or knowledge of AwardSpring. I can tell you that JWU has been looking for a software solution for over 5-years. My colleagues attempted Awards Management, but there wasn't much buy-in or convincing to do the awarding in the program. Awarding at JWU is very fluid, and the existing process is cumbersome but people are comfortable with it. This meant a number of nightly feeds, imports and exports. During testing, we found that data was not coming in correctly leaving too much room for error. Also, Awards Management isn't that "flexible". It seems to work for other schools, however.
We are now in the process of negotiating for Stewardship Management. This product was suggested by the project lead at Blackbaud. I'm coming to the table late on this product, but I feel what I am expecting is very simple. This is what I shared with Blackbaud most recently:
JWU is looking for a user-friendly solution that will assist with storing real-time and historical scholarship award data as well as the current funds available for awarding. Data will be easily extracted from Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge and Financial Edge products, and imported into the potential solution. The solution will have the ability to accept an accurate data feed from the university's student database. Finally, JWU would prefer the ability to produce accurate stewardship reports directly from the solution and have the ability to modify the report template.
Good luck, John.