There is no single "correct" solution to any problem

And that’s why there are so many association management system (AMS) options available.

Quite often I’m asked by potential clients “Isn’t there just a ‘best’ AMS product that you can point me to?” I usually respond, “If there were, I’d have already bought the company that makes it.”

There is no single “correct” answer to the question, “Which AMS is best?” You have to identify what your organization’s objectives are, what your budget is, and what functionality you expect from an AMS. Once you’ve identified those, you’ll be able to narrow the list down to a handful of potentially good matches. From there you’ll have to work through the specifics of each system to determine which might be the best match.

There is no single “correct” answer. But following the path outlined above may get you closer to finding an answer that is “correct” for you and your organization.

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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