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Which Blackbaud Tool Would The Heroes Of Avengers: Infinity War Feel Closest To?

I have three important questions to ask before you read on:
  • Have you ever heard of a Blackbaud product that you don't know and wanted to know more?
  • Do you learn from analogies?
  • Are you excited about Avengers: Infinity War?
If you answered yes to those three questions you're the very specific target audience for this post! Read on!

Capt. America – (“on” Products) – Captain America is an expert tactician and strategist. His skills as a leader and communicator help him to bring teams together and integrate different skill sets to combat challenges.
Integrating information and resources is what “on” products for K-12 schools are all about too. Coordinating information between enrollment systems, CMS, LMS, and more “on” Products can help make super schools, something the Super Soldier would appreciate.

Iron Man – (Raiser’s Edge/Financial Edge NXT) – Iron Man has a gadget for every problem and the mobility to take that power wherever it needs to be. With his built in AI Jarvis he can understand and analyze many variables to use the right tool for the job.
With Iron Man the power in the palm of his hand is a Repulsor Beam, with NXT users it’s their smartphone browser logged in to Blackbaud.com. The challenges nonprofits face might be a different caliber than Thanos but with the right tools and information success is made a lot easier.

Black Widow – (eTapestry) – As an international spy and master of espionage, Black Widow is known for her efficiency, subtlety, and adaptability. While she has some tools at her disposal she’s never been known for her gadgets, her reputation is based on her ability to face and overcome all kinds of challenges despite the odds.
eTapestry isn’t known for all its bells and whistles either, it’s known for being a flexible tool designed to help organizations grow. The platform lends itself to creativity and development and allows its users to be agile in tracking and analyzing the data they need.  

The Hulk – (ResearchPoint) – For nonprofits, information is strength but the ability to access and use that strength requires some finesse. ResearchPoint gives an organization access to an incredible amount of information and powerful tools that can help how to use it.
Like ResearchPoint, The Hulk is a creature of incredible power. The Hulk would be a relentless force of nature without the mind and intelligence of Bruce Banner directing it and a team aware of its capabilities respecting and directing that power.

Thor – (Attentive.ly) – The mighty god of thunder, Thor is renowned across for the nine realms for his strength and determination. His feats of valor and courage are an inspiration to others…and he’d be one of the first to tell you all about them.
 The charismatic Asgardian would enjoy the ability better engage his existing supporters and understand their ability to build his influence. Knowing which of his tales are resonating with the masses, the legend of Thor would only grow.

Hawkeye – (Luminate Online) – No Avenger is more focused on accuracy and targeting than Hawkeye. He may not have made it on to the poster but Hawkeye has the training and skills to make sure that to get the team’s message where it needs to be. Luminate Online has the tools to make sure you get your message to your audience and resources that will help you improve your aim.
Hawkeye is also the Avenger most relatable to everyday people and that connection gives him a level of empathy the others sometimes lack. He’d probably appreciate a tool like TeamRaiser as well.

Vision – (CRM) – An android created by Ultron and the power of the Mind Stone, Vision is a being of incredible power and the Avengers are lucky to have him on their side. His skill set includes abilities like shapeshifting, regeneration, and intangibility. Vision has even shown himself worthy of wielding Mjølnir, the hammer of Thor.
Like Vision, Blackbaud CRM is incredibly powerful. Designed to be an organization’s single system for constituent management this cloud-based CRM has tools for moves management, integrated communications. As a technopath and shapeshifter, Vision would appreciate the system’s customization to its users and its ability to manage vast amounts of data.

Doctor Strange – (Blackbaud Communities) -  Drawing on power and wisdom from mystical entities and the knowledge of ancients is kind of Doctor Strange’s thing. It’s also what Blackbaud Communities is all about, just with a touch less mysticism and I don’t want to call any of my readers “ancients” either.
The Sorcerer Supreme is also known for imbuing object with magical powers as well. While the Community Ninja badge might not be able grant its holders the abilities like the Eye of Agamotto, I’m sure anyone whose earned it is capable in their own right.

Guardians of the Galaxy – (Altru) – Arts and Culture organizations often have greater diversity in their revenue streams and marketing approaches than most organizations work with and Altru can be a solution to approaching those challenges.
The Guardians are a group of galactic adventures has the power and adaptability to face any threat, but they must work together to do so. Like Altru and its users the Guardians’ diverse skill set and background make them a formidable force to behold.

Black Panther – (SKY) – Black Panther is a warrior with enhanced abilities trained from birth to protect his people. It’s his other role as King of Wakanda that sets him apart from other heroes though, not his abilities or fighting skills.
Governing requires information and the ability to work with it efficiently and having tools like SKY available can certainly help with that task. SKY is powered by big data instead of vibranium but both can help their users approach challenges with confidence
 
Posted by Matt Connell on Apr 26, 2018 4:00 PM America/New_York

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#TeamDoctorStrange
  • Posted Thu 26 Apr 2018 04:40 PM EDT
Iron Man
  • Posted Fri 27 Apr 2018 08:57 AM EDT
Would Scarlet Witch be the Blackbaud Knowledgebase? Able to take your mind to new levels.
  • Posted Fri 27 Apr 2018 09:43 AM EDT
This is the nerdiest thing I've seen in a long time. LOVE it!
  • Posted Fri 27 Apr 2018 09:54 AM EDT
Big Data is Blackbaud's own version of Vibranium -- I love it! #WakandaForever
  • Posted Fri 27 Apr 2018 10:46 AM EDT
Vote in our new poll on the side of the page!
  • Posted Fri 27 Apr 2018 11:21 AM EDT
@Allison, what a perfect fit for Wanda!
  • Posted Fri 27 Apr 2018 12:56 PM EDT
#Vision!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 10:20 AM EDT
Iron Man
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 11:30 AM EDT
This is great I love it!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 11:31 AM EDT
#TeamHulk 
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 11:47 AM EDT
Iron Man - always like to see what the new gadgets are going to be in NXT
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 11:57 AM EDT
While personally I feel closer to Vision I am a defacto member of Black Widow
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 11:58 AM EDT
#TeamDoctorStrange and #TeamIronMan...need to get more tight with #TeamHulk!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:15 PM EDT
Go #TeamBlackWidow and I am interested in being The Hulk!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:20 PM EDT
Iron Man
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:26 PM EDT
Team IronMan! or even better.. team Iron SpiderMan!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:26 PM EDT
#TeamCaptain... guess this is a good excuse to watch the movie :)
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:41 PM EDT
#TeamIronMan with a greater appreciation for #TeamDoctorStrange.

Next, you need to do one with the Justice League. #DCgirl #AquamanRules
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:46 PM EDT
Iron Man and Vision FTW
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 12:50 PM EDT
Wait, SKY is NOT powered by vibranium? But what do you mean?
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 01:12 PM EDT
Love this!! Everyday Hero needs an Avenger, too! 
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 01:28 PM EDT
Kind of want to get my office to call RE "Jarvis" from now on............
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 02:34 PM EDT
Definitely #TeamDoctorStrange.  Love to call on mystic people in my building who will help guide me in new realms.
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 02:38 PM EDT
Iron Man in that we use Financial Edge NXT and he's my guy. 
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 02:38 PM EDT
Have to choose 1???
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 02:48 PM EDT
This is awesome!
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 03:13 PM EDT
Vision!  LOVE Vision too :)
 
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 03:45 PM EDT
Vision all the way.
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 04:16 PM EDT
#guardiansofthegalaxy #altru
 
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 04:35 PM EDT
I am IRON MAN...
 
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 04:47 PM EDT
#TeamStark
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 05:38 PM EDT
Guardians of the Galaxy 
#TeamGuardians
  • Posted Mon 30 Apr 2018 05:56 PM EDT
Doctor Strange!
  • Posted Tue 01 May 2018 02:47 AM EDT
Iron Man
  • Posted Tue 01 May 2018 08:38 AM EDT
Captain Ironman Strange?  LOL  I am more than one!  
  • Posted Tue 01 May 2018 09:39 AM EDT
Iron Man :)
  • Posted Tue 01 May 2018 12:19 PM EDT
Altru definitely gets the best soundtrack.
  • Posted Tue 01 May 2018 01:00 PM EDT
I love this!! I found myself thinking of my co-workers as characters/products. Thanks
  • Posted Tue 01 May 2018 01:33 PM EDT
I am Iron Man - Iron woman lol
  • Posted Tue 01 May 2018 03:33 PM EDT
I love the /specific/ target audience.
#TeamDrStrange
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 01:23 AM EDT
Doctor Strange...though I'd be all for a Loki definition, if I'm honest.
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 09:29 AM EDT
I would be Hawkeye.... but Starlord would be ideal. ;-)

Always on the run chasing new ways to get e-mail to work and then trying to find 'the father' of the perfect send.

Then teaming up with community members and others in the industry to save the galaxy from Outlook. ;-)
 
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 10:06 AM EDT
Dr. Iron Strange Man!
 
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 01:02 PM EDT
I want to say Team Captain just because he's my favorite, but per your breakdown I am #TeamIronMan.
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 01:24 PM EDT
#TeamHawkeye #TeamHawkeyeFor2019Poster
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 01:49 PM EDT
If I only pick one it would be #TeamDoctorStrange . . . 
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 02:14 PM EDT
This is fun!
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 02:42 PM EDT
#TeamGuardians
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 02:43 PM EDT
#TeamIronMan!
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 03:38 PM EDT
Iron Man!
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 04:13 PM EDT
Team Iron Man. I would love to have a repulsor beam in my hand! Ha! Visions of glory :)
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 04:48 PM EDT
Iron Man
  • Posted Thu 03 May 2018 08:23 AM EDT
I would be Rogue from the X-Men, and I would run through Avenger's Tower touching all the Avengers and gaining all of their powers. :)
  • Posted Thu 03 May 2018 12:47 PM EDT
I'm #TeamSpidey! I don't know what Peter Parker correlates to!
  • Posted Thu 03 May 2018 03:14 PM EDT
Love the timeliness of this blog with pop culture. These days I primarily use Reserach Point, so I'm #teamTheHulk
  • Posted Fri 04 May 2018 08:51 AM EDT
Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Posted Fri 04 May 2018 08:53 AM EDT
Of course they would feel closest to SKY and SKY API in particular. What else can bring together the powers of many into the power of ONE? The power of the team blows away the inefficiencies and evil friction points of nonprofit tech stacks releasing a world of Social Good! 
  • Posted Fri 04 May 2018 09:25 AM EDT
Seriously. If not Spiderman, then Dr. Strange. Or Tony Stark. Or Thor.
  • Posted Fri 04 May 2018 11:46 AM EDT
Iron Man!
  • Posted Fri 04 May 2018 12:42 PM EDT
Hawkeye
  • Posted Fri 04 May 2018 02:19 PM EDT
#TeamIronMan
  • Posted Sun 06 May 2018 01:25 AM EDT
#TeamCapitainAmerica
  • Posted Mon 07 May 2018 11:22 AM EDT
LOL - Just saw this movie with  my family this past weekend!  I am a dedicated RE user, so I'd be on team Stark, but I'd rather be on team Black Widow.  This is funny and just what I needed to begin my week.
  • Posted Mon 07 May 2018 12:12 PM EDT
Iron Man
  • Posted Mon 07 May 2018 02:07 PM EDT
#TeamIronMan....super excited to see the movie opening Weekend. A quick pass on the community email and I misread what Avengers tool would I want...lately it’s been Loki and/or Dr. Strange and the ability to make myself appear multiple places simultaneously. Then I could focus on a key task and have my multiples answer the odds and ends questions that arise. Really want that!
  • Posted Mon 07 May 2018 10:12 PM EDT
Go team Iron Man! Although I admit I find Iron Man to be problematic. But that is an five hour long conversation for another day. #teamNerd
  • Posted Tue 08 May 2018 01:07 PM EDT
Captian AmerIca - cool nerd questions.  I like. 
  • Posted Wed 09 May 2018 10:28 AM EDT
That was fantastic!
  • Posted Thu 10 May 2018 01:55 PM EDT
Productized, I'm Captain America, and I actually use Cap's shield as my laptop bag. :)  But in any poll for any reason I'm going to have to go with Doctor Strange (or as Kaecilius called him, Mister Doctor - that is Strange).
  • Posted Fri 11 May 2018 12:02 PM EDT
#TeamGuardians
  • Posted Thu 17 May 2018 04:51 PM EDT
#TeamCaptain

Creative blog post. :-)
  • Posted Sat 19 May 2018 12:11 PM EDT
Love this! #thehulk
  • Posted Mon 21 May 2018 04:29 PM EDT
Clicked wrong, should be one more for Iron Man.  :)
  • Posted Tue 22 May 2018 02:25 PM EDT
I'll play along although I haven't seen any of these movies...I used to read comic books as a kid...
#TeamGuardians #AltruRocks (I have history with #Ironman FE)
  • Posted Tue 22 May 2018 02:29 PM EDT
#TeamIronMan
  • Posted Tue 22 May 2018 04:24 PM EDT
Why is #TeamIronMan missing from the poll?
  • Posted Tue 22 May 2018 04:29 PM EDT
Stark!
  • Posted Tue 29 May 2018 11:18 AM EDT
Thanks great read.  Team Iron Man!
  • Posted Tue 29 May 2018 02:54 PM EDT
#TeamIronMan
 
  • Posted Tue 29 May 2018 03:52 PM EDT
Team Iron Man
  • Posted Wed 30 May 2018 09:48 AM EDT
#IronMan
  • Posted Wed 30 May 2018 03:04 PM EDT
I LOVE that I have been spending my time working with Guardians of the Galaxy.  No wonder the database makes me crave music from the 70's and 80's. 
  • Posted Thu 31 May 2018 09:51 AM EDT
How do i give this post two likes?
  • Posted Thu 31 May 2018 09:52 AM EDT
#TeamIronMan
  • Posted Thu 31 May 2018 07:00 PM EDT
Blank Panther and Iron Man for me.
  • Posted Fri 01 Jun 2018 02:52 PM EDT
This is a great analogy.  Love it!
  • Posted Mon 04 Jun 2018 11:37 AM EDT
I'm sending in Iron Man and Dr. Strange to defend the data universe!
  • Posted Mon 04 Jun 2018 11:43 AM EDT
Definitely Iron Man :)
 
  • Posted Mon 04 Jun 2018 01:13 PM EDT
I wish we were more like Guardians of the Galaxy.
 
  • Posted Mon 04 Jun 2018 01:48 PM EDT
Iron Man and The Hulk - love me team!
 
  • Posted Mon 04 Jun 2018 03:39 PM EDT
Iron Man would probably appreciate anything that can be automated... so Luminate probably "suits" him as well. :)
  • Posted Mon 04 Jun 2018 06:01 PM EDT
I'm late to the game, but #teamhawkeye for sure. And yes - this is the nerdiest thing imaginable. Love it.
  • Posted Mon 04 Jun 2018 07:18 PM EDT
Man I have got to catch up on my marvel movies!
  • Posted Fri 08 Jun 2018 09:05 AM EDT
#TeamIronMan
  • Posted Fri 08 Jun 2018 09:57 AM EDT
I still believe Cap is the most principled Avenger, and that really resonates with me.
  • Posted Thu 14 Jun 2018 11:26 AM EDT
Not much for Avengers, but my ignorance and your blog inspired me to read on! Thanks!
  • Posted Mon 18 Jun 2018 10:47 AM EDT
I second Holly's comment!
  • Posted Tue 19 Jun 2018 05:24 PM EDT
#IronMan
But only when I'm at work, I'd prefer other heroes outside of work...
  • Posted Thu 28 Jun 2018 03:59 PM EDT
team - Iron Man
  • Posted Fri 29 Jun 2018 04:29 PM EDT
Iron Man
  • Posted Tue 03 Jul 2018 02:14 PM EDT
#TeamIronMan
  • Posted Tue 03 Jul 2018 05:03 PM EDT
This is fun!
  • Posted Mon 23 Jul 2018 01:49 PM EDT
#GuardiansoftheGalaxy all the way :)
  • Posted Mon 23 Jul 2018 04:36 PM EDT
#VISION!!!
  • Posted Tue 24 Jul 2018 08:02 AM EDT
What a creative way to segment BB products Matt!
  • Posted Sat 28 Jul 2018 04:09 PM EDT
#TeamIronMan
  • Posted Fri 03 Aug 2018 02:30 PM EDT
So thankful for Iron Man & The Hulk! 
 
  • Posted Thu 09 Aug 2018 12:06 PM EDT
Fantastic post, Matt!
  • Posted Thu 09 Aug 2018 04:04 PM EDT
I absolutely love this blog as a huge data nerdy and a marvel fanatic. I agree that Bruce would be ResearchPoint!
  • Posted Fri 10 Aug 2018 12:28 PM EDT
This is super cute! Love it! 
  • Posted Fri 10 Aug 2018 01:25 PM EDT
We started as #TeamHulk and moved into #TeamIronHulk (I'm merging teams!)
  • Posted Wed 15 Aug 2018 08:09 AM EDT
Raiser's Edge [GLOBAL DELETE!!!]  -Thanos
  • Posted Tue 04 Sep 2018 01:37 PM EDT
I love this post- I came from a company/industry more comparable to Game of Thrones.   These comparisons are much better : )
  • Posted Thu 15 Nov 2018 02:56 PM EST