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We’ve recently redesigned our website. Will the AMS pages fit with the look and feel?
Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Combining AMS and your website Taking a step back, if you haven’t redesigned your website but are thinking about it, consider investigating the Association Management System (AMS) at the same time.  It’s important that the online experience of your members is frustration-free and easy to navigate. Also, by treating the AMS implementation and website changes [...]

We want to give our members a great online experience. What AMS features should I be looking for?
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Put yourself in your members’ shoes and think about what they would want:  easy to use and highly intuitive user interface (simple, minimal frustration); complete and up-to-date information; and member interaction via well organized and easy-to-find resources, announcements, and discussion threads. 1. Intuitive User Interface Your members have probably used LinkedIn or Facebook and they [...]

I need to access my member database from another system. Does the AMS have functionality that can help access necessary data?
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

It’s not uncommon to want to share (export) data collected in your association management system (AMS) with another system.  For instance, it is a common requirement to flow transactions from membership and renewal fees, registration fees, and products sold online into your accounting system. Other examples of where you might want to have data move [...]

We’re a Canadian Association. Can the AMS handle Canadian tax and is it hosted in Canada?
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Nothing is more frustrating than investing precious time in evaluating a software solution only to find out in the eleventh hour that while it has the association-specific operational functionality, it is not able to provide Canadian functionality. One of the first questions you should ask is: can the association management system (AMS) handle Canada-specific requirements? [...]

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