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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.
Your Playbook to Getting Started with a New System The implementation phase is that difficult time where a lot of work has to happen before you can reap the rewards of your new system. There are long hours, conflicting ideas, and various obstacles along the way. The excitement from the selection process starts to wane and you’re faced with new processes, new procedures, and new things to learn. But the news isn’t all bad. This is a time of opportunity.
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Selection is over and your decision is made. Is it time for a breather? No, not yet. It’s time to make sure your organization is prepared for the four biggest challenges in the software migration process.
If your duty is to serve your members with the utmost quality and care, you’ve likely considered implementing membership software to help you get the job done.
We’ve all heard the phrase “There’s no I in team.” Sometimes we think it’s easier to tackle projects alone, but often times, that can lead to feeling overwhelmed, a lack of transparency, and only a single perspective to make important decisions. But when it's a project as large-scale as a membership software implementation, it impacts all levels of your organization and requires a group of people to oversee it.
Change is hard. As much as we’ve heard this phrase to the point where it’s become cliché, there’s a reason it’s repeated time and again. It’s not easy to accept that there’s something different on the way. Over the years, I’ve worked and talked with countless people going through the membership software selection and AMS implementation process. I’ve heard of the sleepless nights and the daily stresses that can dominate this uncertain time. The unknown is always difficult to embrace.