"Blackbaud solutions were once closed and difficult to integrate with," CEO Mike Gianoni said during this week's first-quarter earnings webcast.
Blackbaud has developed a new user interface called Sky UX, which Gianoni says will be made "available to our partners as a development resource and which will provide a common look across the product line." The name stems from the new brand for its cloud platform, Blackbaud Sky, which began with the recently introduced Raiser's Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT applications.
To make development easier, the company has introduced Sky API, an integration platform which will provide open application programming interfaces—the parts of the code that enable products from other developers to work with Blackbaud software—along with comprehensive resources for customizing, extending, integrating Blackbaud applications.
Gianoni said full software development kits will be available "over time" and promised Sky API will provide a "multi-tenant architecture where appropriate and open source where best used." Sky API is in technical preview with general release coming in 2016. Technical review of Sky UX with partners will begin early next year.