iMIS 15: Color Me Unimpressed

On behalf of a client, I had the opportunity to see a brief demo of iMIS 15 last week. My client is on iMIS 10.4 and is wondering whether they should upgrade to iMIS 15. Following the demo, it was unanimous: there is no compelling reason to upgrade at this time.

ASI has been advertising iMIS 15 since August '06 (they were pushing it at the ASAE Annual Meeting), but as of a couple weeks ago, they still had not released a production version. That's nearly a year(!) of promotion for a product not yet available. ASI is not the only AMS vendor guilty of promoting a product that doesn't exist yet (the software industry is notorious for this) but I don't think it does anyone a service to talk about a product a year before it's available.

Don't get me wrong: There's nothing wrong with iMIS 15. There are a few significant changes from the 10.x version, but the operative word is "few." There's a nice new interface for casual users, but the back-office, the "core" of the product remains unchanged. That's good if you're a current iMIS user. I'm not sure how good it is if you're looking to change from your current system to a new AMS.

iMIS 15 holds promise, but it's a promise not yet delivered, in my mind. Perhaps in another six months.

Full disclosure: EDM is an independent third-party consulting firm. This means we have no financial relationship with any of the vendors mentioned in this blog. We provide unbiased opinions on what we see.

About Wes Trochlil

For over 30 years, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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