June 23, 2015
Member dissatisfaction, stagnant revenue, declining new member signups, and other business issues only contribute to the significant amount of work you and your staff face on a daily basis. This pain is compounded by the fact that you know your association is behind the times with technology. If you’re still using spreadsheets to manage your membership, or have data spread across multiple systems and applications, then you must be under water.
Perhaps you purchased a software solution thinking it would be the answer to all your problems. You’ve been with the vendor for years, and don’t want to have to go through the implementation process again...so you just stick with the devil that you know. But that antiquated system isn’t going to help you better manage your association. There’s been so much innovation in the association management software (AMS) industry which allows for greater integration. Getting your data into the system and exporting out dashboards and reports is easier than ever before, if you have the right tools.
If you don’t innovate with your technology, you’re losing an opportunity to increase member joy; and if your members aren’t happy then you’re going to find out the hard way. Change isn’t as hard as you think. Help is available, you just have to raise your hand. Making the decision to change to a new AMS doesn’t have to be scary, especially if your association’s new AMS vendor has a Professional Services team who makes it easy for you to transition. Thanks to SaaS, the next-generation of the AMS system has arrived and making continuous upgrades to keep up with the innovation in the marketplace.
If you’re looking across the marketplace, lower-priced AMS options at less than $10,000 might not have all the functionality you need. On the opposite side of the spectrum, many point solutions are customizable solutions, and you’ll have to pay costly fees for implementation. Plus, when your AMS technology vendor decides to make upgrades to their platform, because of the system built upon an application programming interface (API) they won’t ask you to pay to update your technology. With a modern, cloud based solution, when new upgrades are available, they roll out for free to all their clients. You won’t have to pay to be on the latest version.
In MemberSuite's executive brief Changing the Status Quo: How Software-as-a-Service is Modernizing Associations we explore more on how to know when to buy a new system, upgrade your software without breaking the bank, and seamlessly implement a new system.