Category Archives: ChMS Jargon

Church Software Jargon: Universal App

Definition of Universal Application:

A Universal app is optimized to run on all iOS devices. It’s essentially an iPhone app and an iPad app built as one. (Although iPhone apps can be accessed on the iPad, they tend to be blown-up and distorted.) A Universal app can automatically determine which device it’s running on and provide the best experience for that device. Universal apps can be identified by a “+” symbol next to the price. (Apple)

You can share your apps for free — legally!

Since Italic Software designed IconCMO Lite as a Universal app, one license will cover all of your iOS devices. Not only does the Universal app work on both your iPhone and iPad, but if you purchased an app, you can legally download it on multiple computers and even share with your family without paying for it again. (But if you really want to pay for the app multiple times we won’t stop you!)

Do you own more than one iOS device? Read this:

These steps will work for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – but for demonstration purposes we will say you purchased IconCMO Lite for your iPhone and also want to install the app on your iPad.

  1. Make sure you are logged into the App Store on your iPad with the same Apple ID (i.e. iTunes Store account) you used to initially purchase the app on your iPhone. * If you use a different Apple ID for your iPad, follow the directions below instead so you will be able to update the app later.
  2. Go to the App Store.
  3. Tap on Purchased from the bottom navigation bar and find IconCMO Lite. * For iPhone or iPod touch, tap Updates from the bottom navigation bar then tap Purchased.
  4. Download the app. You may get a pop-up saying you have already purchased the app and may download again it for free. You will also need to re-enter your Apple ID password.

Do you want to share with other members of your household (e.g. spouse, children)? Read this:

You can share your copy of IconCMO Lite with your family. At least one computer with the latest version of iTunes is needed, but you can authorize your Apple ID on up to five computers. The app can then be installed on any of the iOS devices synced to those computers. Just keep in mind you can sync as many devices as you want to an iTunes library, but you can only sync each device to one iTunes library.

You and your spouse, Jamie, both have iPhones and you want to share an app you purchased with him or her; however, you each have your own Apple IDs and laptops. So total you have two iPhones, two Apple IDs, and two computers.

  1. Go to Jamie’s computer and launch iTunes.
  2. Log Jamie out of iTunes and log in with your own Apple ID.
  3. Under ‘Store’ click ‘Authorize this computer’ and re-enter your password.
  4. Click ‘App Store.’
  5. Click ‘Purchased’ to view a list of apps you have already purchased.
  6. Find the app you want to share and download it.
  7. The app will now show in the Library under ‘Apps.’
  8. Log out of iTunes and log in with Jamie’s Apple ID.
  9. Connect Jamie’s iPhone to the computer and sync it with iTunes. * For detailed instructions on syncing a device, please visit Apple Support.
  10. The app is now installed on Jamie’s phone!

Church Software Jargon: Legacy System

Legacy System defined:

An old technology, computer system, or application program that continues to be used, typically because it still functions for the users’ needs, even though newer technology or more efficient methods of performing a task are now available. (Wikipedia)

System that has been in existence for a long time and that continues to be used to avoid the high cost of replacing or redesigning them. (Pearson Education)

Most legacy systems use client/server architecture. This means the program has to be installed on each computer and a local server is needed to network the software and data. Hiring an outside IT person to manage the network is typically necessary.

We’re not trying to give Legacy Systems a bad reputation…

Legacy systems are often times great programs that still achieve what they were designed to do. Many Icon Systems customers still use our legacy system, Revelations. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you currently use a legacy system, just be aware of fresher technological improvements; they may be able to accomplish the same tasks more efficiently – which will save you time and money. Again, we don’t want to discourage you from purchasing a legacy system such as Revelations because it really is a great program and continues to effectively meet the needs of many churches. We just want to make sure you weigh your options carefully when choosing a legacy system for your church management software because it is a long-term investment.


Church Software Jargon: SaaS

Definition of SaaS:

Software as a Service (SaaS) is software that is rented rather than purchased. Instead of buying software and paying for periodic upgrades, SaaS is subscription-based, and all upgrades are provided during the term of the subscription. When the subscription period expires, the software is no longer valid.

SaaS can be implemented with local applications that expire after a certain time, but it is ideally suited for cloud computing in the Internet and Web browser-based applications, which can run in any desktop or mobile device, no matter the operating system. In this model, the applications are maintained in the service provider’s datacenter, and every time users launch their browsers and log on, they get the latest version. In addition, the data can also be stored in the provider’s datacenter.

This approach has been touted as the wave of the future, many believing that local applications will be history down the road. However, legacy architectures tend to last longer than expected, and the road could be long. (PCMag)

Church Management Software as a Service

The popularity of using the SaaS concept with web-based applications has grown due to the increased availability of broadband internet access. Paying a monthly or annual subscription allows you to access your data anytime, anywhere you have internet access while letting someone else host the software, install updates and enhancements, store and safeguard your data, perform backups, and deal with any outages.

SaaS is like living in an apartment: you pay rent each month based on how much space you occupy (e.g. a three-bedroom apartment would cost more than a studio.) The management company is responsible for resolving any problems such as when the heat stops working or if the appliances need to be updated. And if you decide to move, you can take all of your furnishings and belongings (church’s data) with you.

Many churches are quickly adapting this concept because they can spend less time and money on Information Technology (IT) while getting immediate access to the latest technological innovations. Also, the financial risk you take is lowered significantly; instead paying the hefty license fee associated with traditional software upfront, you only pay for what you use and the subscription fee can easily be incorporated into your budget. And if, for some reason, the software is no longer meeting the needs of your church – you can take your data with you. For more information, read our post on security and data storage.


ChMS Technical Jargon Introduction

Now you can understand technical mumbo-jumbo without getting an IT degree

Every industry has a set of unique words, expressions, and acronyms that sound like gibberish to outsiders. (For example, the above sub-heading uses IT as an acronym for Information Technology.) Understanding the marketing puffery and technical jargon used in the church software industry without an experienced IT guru handy can be likened to visiting a foreign country without knowing how to speak the local language. This is a series of installments defining terms used in the church software and non-profit accounting industries.


SaaS Software for Church Management

First we should start with a definition of SaaS which was given by Wikipedia. ” is a model of software deployment whereby a provider licenses an application to customers for use as a service on demand. SaaS software vendors may host the application on their own web servers or download the application to the consumer device, disabling it after use or after the on-demand contract expires.” Please see our updated definition!

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