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Technology philosophy #6 – Everything comes with a tradeoff

This is somewhat related to philosophy #5, in that no matter what decision you make about technology (or any other decision you make in life!),  you’re going to have to make trade-offs. In philosophy #5, I pointed out that “free” doesn’t mean “without cost.” In this case, the trade-off for free software was a cost of …

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Technology philosophy #5 – Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it has no cost

The internet is awash in free software. I love it, of course. So much software, so little time! But just because software is free does not mean that it has no costs associated with it. Even the simplest of software will have some level of learning curve associated with. That means you’ve got to invest …

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Technology philosophy #2 – Just because you CAN automate it doesn’t mean you should

Because I’m a tremendous geek and love software, I’m always open to exploring new software programs that may somehow make my life easier. Over the course of nearly 25 years, I’ve probably tested more than four dozen different “task managers.” You know what I’m talking about: these simple programs that allow you to track your …

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Technology philosophy #1 – More effective, not just more efficient

Last month in Dallas I had the opportunity to speak at the AMC Institute on Technology Issues Facing Association Management Companies. As part of the presentation, I offered my philosophy on technology, which I’ll share with you over the course of these next seven blog posts #1: Technology should make us more effective not just …

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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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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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