Thoughts on technology and innovation
Sig VanDamme, Founder
Make 2016 your association's best year yet with these 6 resolutions. Most are free / inexpensive and have a big upside.
Three Quick Wins:
Here are some simple, no brainer items you can move on quickly:
1 - Install And Use an Enterprise Password Manager
Best practice is to use a different, long and complicated password for each service used. In practice this is impossible without using a password manager. We implemented LastPass Enterprise a few years ago and have never looked back. It is about $20/year per user and it will be the best security money your organization has ever spent.
2 - Upgrade Internet Explorer (Or Get Off It Altogether)
Microsoft ends support for IE 8,9, and 10 this month. That means no more security updates, compliance issues and lack of support from cloud apps like Salesforce and Office 365. Download the latest version here. Consider a better browser and use Google Chrome instead. If you have a PC running Windows 10 and want to stay in the Microsoft camp try their new Edge Browser.
3 - Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free - Time Sensitive - Act Fast
Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for compatible devices running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
The free upgrade is available until July 29, 2016. Once you upgrade, you’ll have Windows 10 for free on that device. More information here.
"Windows 10 combines the newer features of Windows 8 with the already familiar usability and functionality of Windows 7; taking advantage of the free upgrade is worth it before there's an additional charge"
--Dave Domagala, NimbleUser Manager of Customer Success
Two Pretty Easy Ways to Ignite Member Passion
1 - Get Federated - Let your Members Actually Find What They Are Looking For
Do your events, products, dues and other information from your association management software (AMS) show up in a search on your website? How about information from your learning management system (LMS)? How about content from micro-sites, such as your annual meeting site, or chapter sites? It’s hard to be passionate when you cannot find something.
Fix that problem ASAP through a federated search product like BravoSquared from BlueBolt Solutions. BlueBolt’s Federated search tool empowers your members to find content aggregated from all of your systems and web properties. Find out more here.
2 - Get A Great Mobile App
Do you have a native mobile app for your organization and your events? It’s 2016 and a native mobile presence in no longer a nice to have but a must have. The good news is there are great association specific apps that are easy to implement and won’t break the bank.
Check out the apps from Eventpedia and Results Direct. I have personally used apps from both of these companies and they are excellent. Both offer entry level versions to get you up and running quickly as well as more full featured versions that integrate with your association management software.
#1 Resolution - Double Down on Training
Maybe you already have the best AMS, LMS and content management systems in the world but, at the end of the day the ROI on these systems will largely be determined by how well your staff can use the system. When was the last time your staff was trained on the AMS? Do you have new staff that has not had formal training?
Resolve today to implement a continuous learning plan for your users. Make sure that they have the opportunity to attend a user conference at least every other year. Have your AMS, LMS and CMS vendors in every year to train/retrain your users.
We named our company NimbleUser because we know that the user is the lynchpin of your success with any technology.
I can state, unequivocally, that training will have the best ROI in terms of productivity, staff retention and ability to nimbly deliver member value
-- Derek Meixell, NimbleUser Director of Client Services
Have A Nimble New Year!
Best wishes from team NimbleUser for 2016. Leave a comment on other good IT resolutions or let me know if you implemented any of the above and how it went.