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Improve Your Association’s Performance With Online Collaboration
Friday, February 22nd, 2013, 7:44 am

Imagine an energized community of members who are contributing time, resources, conversation, input and excitement to the opportunities, issues and deliverables your association highlights. Fueling the engine of renewals and recruitment Increased participation of members serves to strengthen their commitment to the organization (resulting in their individual renewal). Their excitement is contagious and their contribution [...]

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Multiple Membership Types and Fee Structures
Thursday, February 21st, 2013, 7:16 am

Multiple Membership Types and Fees Given the diversity of associations and the people they serve, membership types and fee structures are anything but one size fits all. One association may have a simple three-tier membership structure such as Regular, Student, and Senior membership types, each with a specific membership fee.  Other associations have memberships categories [...]

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netFORUM Pro Puts You in the Driver’s Seat
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, 7:58 am

Beginning in the 80s, IT consultants slaved over “executive information systems (EIS)” that promised to give members of the executive team snapshots of critical areas of their business at a glance – basically a “dashboard view” of their enterprise. But because of the limits of technology at the time, these EIS systems failed to deliver [...]

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What is Cloud Computing?
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, 7:04 am

The most significant development in software applications since the move from DOS to Windows is occurring in the market.  As companies begin their search for new accounting and other business applications, they are considering not just functionality, but whether  their application should be a traditional on-premises application or a cloud-based application What is the difference [...]

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Association Management System: More Than Centralized Data
Monday, February 18th, 2013, 7:13 am

The fundamental reason for investing in an association management system is to centralize member data so that you may use that information to better communicate and serve, more effectively plan, and further the mission of your organization. It is imperative that your association management system (AMS) has the ability to capture the many facets of [...]

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How Technology Can Strengthen Your Organization
Sunday, February 17th, 2013, 7:25 am

On a recent online presentation, Avectra’s Mark Yohai shared the following statistics from a recent ASAE survey; among associations with budgets greater than $4 million, the average spend for printing was 4%, the average spend for meals at events and meetings was 3%.  Any guesses as to what percent of budget is being spent on [...]

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How Safe Is Your Data?
Saturday, February 16th, 2013, 7:30 am

Access to critical member data enables association managers to craft more effective communication, deliver a better member experience and provide easy-to-use portals for collecting dues and selling products.  But what if this data were to fall into the wrongs hands? News of systems being hacked and critical personal data compromised is sadly frequent and gives [...]

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Every Association’s Nightmare
Friday, February 15th, 2013, 7:16 am

This morning I noticed a friend of mine had posted the following on Facebook: “Is it worth renewing my ________ membership?  Any other _______ members – let me know what value do you get from it these days?” My friend operates his own business and the association he was talking about was a large, very [...]

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What Associations Should Know About Disaster Recovery
Thursday, February 14th, 2013, 7:07 am

In a previous blog entry – Do I Need to Worry about Security with a Cloud-based Solution? – we explored why you’d be hard pressed to find better security than that provided by cloud-computing publishers’ data centers. They are able to furnish the most robust security money can buy because economies of scale allow them [...]

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Do I Need to Worry about Security with a Cloud-based Solution?
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013, 7:00 am

No matter what technology you use, security should always be top of mind.  Often there is a belief that on-premises software is more secure than cloud-based software.  We’ve all read and heard stories of online services being hacked and critical data being lost. However, on-premises software is just as easily compromised.  Information stored on laptops [...]

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