The Aptify Blog
The Aptify Blog is an honest and informative collection of articles to help association executives solve their most pressing issues.
Staring at your computer screen, you take a deep breath as your finger hovers over your mouse, mentally preparing for a grueling hour of laborious and frustrating work. Click. If this is the feeling you get when opening up your association management software (AMS), we probably don’t have to tell you that your organization might have a serious problem—but we will anyway.
After documenting requirements and reviewing vendor proposals, your association is ready to evaluate the database management software solutions and vendors that made the final cut. Since you’re the sole IT professional in the room, your colleagues naturally look to you for guidance. No worries, we’ve got your back. Here is a list of factors to consider and questions to ask when evaluating database management software.
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People are still confused about CASL. For starters, it’s pronounced like “castle,” but there’s nothing medieval about this law governing electronic communication. You need to know the details and take action if you’re in IT, membership, or marketing at an association with membership open to Canadians. I’ll walk you through what CASL is, how you can comply, and why it’s an opportunity and not a threat for marketing.
With AUC2017 only 3,408 hours away (but who’s counting, right?), we figured it was time to give you some more information on what you can expect to see at this year’s conference! Each year, we try to outdo our previous Aptify Users Conference, and we work to bring some of the best keynote speakers out there and curate sessions that will leave you feeling inspired and excited to share what you’ve learned with your colleagues. Whether you’re in IT and wanting to learn tricks on how you can better use Aptify, or you’re in membership and looking for more ways to drive member engagement, or perhaps you’re an executive working to improve your organization’s culture—we have something for all of you!
I’m one of those people who’s a planner and I have a backup for everything. In my house, I have old routers and cable modems so I can get back online in moments. I keep the last generation of my smartphone so I have an immediate backup in the event of an accidental drop, and when I travel, I pack twice what I need. I never want to be in a situation where there isn’t a backup for something I could have reasonably predicted. And I guess that fits my background, too. I used to work in radio, where our studios had a backup battery and generator for power, two systems that ran the audio, three links to the transmitter, two transmitters, two antennas, and two transmitter sites. That’s just how my brain works, and if you’re in the IT department at your organization—there’s a good chance you and your coworkers think in a similar way.
Implementing new membership software is an intense time for all involved. As in other momentous transitions in life, like weddings, you need a solid foundation in place to successfully face what lies ahead. Otherwise, unexpected and unwelcome issues could threaten your progress—toward software implementation or down the aisle.