Attending iBEF

I recently had the opportunity to attend iBEF, the iMIS Business Excellence Forum. iBEF is hosted by ASI, the makers of iMIS. As the website says, the “program is designed to help iMIS clients maximize their investment in iMIS by improving overall organizational...

How diverse is your product palette?

Over two decades ago, I worked for a small trade association whose primary product was a very large trade show put on every two years. The association itself had been around for over 100 years, and the trade show was in the top 50 in the US in terms of square footage....

Improving transparency

In my last blog post I wrote about Protech’s efforts to improve transparency into their company, an effort that I applaud. One of my favorite examples of transparency comes from another company serving the association market, 20twenty Strategic Consulting. Each...

Thoughts on Protech User Conference

I had the opportunity to attend Protech’s Annual Users Conference in September, and one of the overriding themes from Brian Bruffey’s (Protech’s CEO) keynote speech was transparency. As Brian explained it, Protech is focusing on creating greater transparency for their...

“We call it the coffin.”

I was meeting with a group of association CFOs recently, discussing how they use their association databases. During the course of the discussion, one of the  executives said “We call our database the coffin.” When I asked him why, he smiled and said...
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