To host or not to host? That is the question.

I’m often asked by my clients, as they seek a new AMS, should they be looking at hosted options? Or more to the point, should they bother looking at premise-based solutions anymore?

My answer is: For the vast majority of associations, a hosted solution will work fine and is actually preferable to premise-based. (Please keep in mind there are definite exceptions to this, but they are exceptional. In my 2015 Benchmarking Survey I asked about hosting; fully 2/3 of associations have their AMS outside of their premise.)

For most associations, maintaining hardware (and software) for a premise-based AMS solution is a set of headaches they just don’t need. Most associations under 25 staff don’t even have full-time dedicated IT resources, so premise-based solutions are particularly difficult to manage.

And the reality is that most hosted AMS solutions are now so stable that there is little risk involved. So should your AMS be hosted? Yes, it probably should be.

About Wes Trochlil

For a quarter century, 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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