Thoughts on technology and innovation
Sig VanDamme, Founder
If you were present when your organization’s current Association Management Software (AMS) was installed you would remember that implementing it was not a lightweight endeavor. The software was a large capital expense and implementation involved the entire staff and took months.
That being said, all software has a life and there will come a time when staying with your current system presents risks far beyond the cost of a new system.
Part of an IT Manager’s responsibility is to constantly evaluate whether existing technology is meeting the current and future needs of the association.
Signs It Is Time to Move On
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.
So... what do you do if you realize that the current Association Management Software solution needs to be replaced by a new system?
Like many association professionals you want to make the switch from your current legacy AMS to a newer system with advanced capabilities. But the investment in time and money a change might cause gives you pause. Worse, the association’s leadership may think that switching won’t solve the problem or that you can just make do with the current legacy AMS.
Getting Executive Buy-In
How can you make your case to leadership that the investment in a new AMS like Nimble AMS is not only desirable but critical to the association's future?
Technology will shape the way an association is perceived and will be
central to its competitive position and critical in winning its race to relevance
-- Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations
What are You Doing in Your Organization’s Race For Relevancy?
A new AMS can rapidly propel your organization forward and open new methods for member engagement. With a clear strategy you will make a lasting impression on the organization.
A few thoughts on Race For Relevance
I have made a few references in this post to the book Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations (Amazon listing) by Mary Byer, CAE and Harrison Coerver. In my opinion this is a must read for every association leader.
As someone who has worked with professional and trade associations for 22 years, I found myself really identifying with the challenges and solutions put forth by the authors.
Technology is the last of six major challenges and solutions presented. For the CIO or IT Manager it outlines a solid IT investment philosophy to fundamentally change the way an association delivers value to its members. Consider giving this book to the decision makers as a bonus 7th way to get executive buy-in.
Do you think it is time to move on? Contact Nimble AMS today.