Association Management Systems

From listservers to forums/communities

I’m seeing a growing trend among my clients, moving from listservers (the old-style Lyris-type lists that are completely email-driven, and impossible to search!) to online forums. These forums may be standalone or integrated with an AMS product, but in either case, they are different from the old-school listservers. There are three reasons for this change: …

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I've said it before, but it bears repeating…

Working in a homegrown system is malpractice. (Click here to read why.) I continue to marvel at the number of associations I encounter that are still using homegrown software (or worse yet, Excel spreadsheets) to manage all of their association’s data. There is a large number of association management software systems now available (see here …

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Protech Launches New SaaS Product

Protech Associates, a long-time AMS vendor, has announced the release of their latest product line, Memberpoint. Memberpoint is a SaaS (Software as a Service) version of the Microsoft CRM product that has been Protech’s primary product for many years. Like all AMS products, Protech’s CRM for Members has its issues, but in general, I’m a …

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Are you attending your users conference?

A recent notice for an AMS vendor’s annual users conference reminded me of how supremely important user conferences are. I’ve written about users conferences that I’ve attended (see here) and why users groups are so important (see here and here and here). I feel so strongly about the value of users conferences that I always …

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Another great idea from an AMS vendor

I like to give props to association management software (AMS) vendors when they do something really smart. Here’s another great idea from an AMS vendor. I recently had the opportunity to see an extended demo of DAXKO Connect, DAXKO’s association management software product. During the demo, DAKXO highlighted their “DAXKO ideas” portal (which you can …

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