Month: January 2012

The challenge for Business Development managers using an AMS

One of the most common gripes I hear when I talk with business development staff within associations is that they don’t have enough time to enter data, and therefore don’t use the database. I think there are several things going on here: The system they are using MIGHT BE cumbersome. They’ve never developed a good …

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Attention vendors! Check your work! – A lesson we can all learn

I’m conducting a search for a new AMS on behalf of one of my clients. We requested responses, including pricing, from five vendors. Of the five vendors responses, THREE of them had mathematical errors in their proposals. Ironically, the only area of the entire proposal that I can judge for absolute accuracy is the math! …

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New Article Posted – Seven Steps for Selecting a New Association Management System

I’ve posted a new article on my website. Although every system selection process has its nuances (over the past dozen years I’ve completed nearly a hundred with my clients), there are generally seven steps that I follow for helping associations select a new association management system (AMS). Click here to read the rest of the article. Of …

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Things I heard at ASAE Tech Conference VII – Data you should NOT collect

At the session I presented at the ASAE Technology Conference last month, one of the points I made was that you should never collect data you’re not going to use. Seems obvious enough, but I still see many of my clients collecting data out of habit: “Oh, we’ve always asked for their highest degree attained. …

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Things I heard at ASAE Tech Conference VI – Training

A session attendee at the Tech Conference said (I paraphrase): “In all the proposals I’ve received from AMS vendors, the amount of training proposed seems ridiculously low to me. Why do the vendors underbid on the training aspect of their product?” I invite the vendors to respond here, but I think there  are several things …

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Things I heard at ASAE Tech Conference V – Testing plans

During one session I attended at the ASAE Tech Conference, the issue arose of testing in the AMS during implementation. Testing is a key step during the implementation of a new AMS. After all, you either test the system before you launch it (with test case scenarios, discussed below) or you test it in real-time …

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Things I heard at ASAE Tech Conference IV – How to deal with the fear and pain of a new AMS

At one session I attended, an audience member asked the question quite plaintively: “How do we deal with the fear and pain of selecting a new association management system?” First, you’re not going to eliminate the fear. People will be worried/concerned/scared. You can’t change that. Second, there is going to be some “pain,” regardless of …

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