dmaynes wrote:It's easy to complain about the technology, but I think it is really important to understand that the Church is not a technology company. The mission of the Church is not to create great websites and blogs. It is something very different. I believe the Church leaders are using the widow's mite and the Lord's tithe as prudently as possible to accomplish the entire mission of the Church.
I am involved on this forum because it is one way that I can further this effort. I lend my creative thought and support to what is trying to be accomplished here.
I'm sure the Church employees that watch these forums are very appreciative of your patience, faith, and encouragement. I agree with you that thinking of the Church as not being a dedicated technology company is a good perspective. But I will counter that with the fact that over the last few years, the Church has hired some very talented developers. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's not that the Church isn't capable of producing a technologically advanced offering; my guess is that it's probably more of a factor of priority and also "using the widow's mite and the Lord's tithe as prudently as possible," as you said.
I would also like to offer one other factor that I think many of you aren't aware of (I know I wasn't until just a few days ago). The Church's ICS department has its customers in almost every other department of the Church. For instance, the Priesthood department would approach ICS and say they need so an so modifications to existing product, or so and so products need to be designed and implemented.
A Church employee recently gave me an idea of how involved this process is; he also gave me perspective on how many products and offerings ICS is responsible for, and it is astounding. ICS apparently develops way more internally used products than external ones that make their way down to us; these internally used products are used by Church employees to help them do their jobs/callings. I'm even talking about custom software written specifically for the Brethren's use only.
Because of how busy Church Developers are, I hope this helps give everyone perspective. I agree the Ward Websites haven't evolved as fast as many of us would like. From what I can tell, the Church is aware of this. Trust me when I say that all of your feedback, suggestions, and feature enhancements are not going unnoticed!