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The Aptify Blog is an honest and informative collection of articles to help association executives solve their most pressing issues.
Picture a membership software solution that has successfully evolved with your organization as you've grown and changed. Picture an AMS that has kept you on an upgrade path for several years and is a solution that simply works in the background and isn't the cause of daily stress among your team. Now picture that you're the one who found this system. Feels good, doesn't it?
Your organization will change in the future. What does this mean for the software you’re choosing today? If anything is constant, it's change. The past ten years has seen the rise of Uber, smartphones, hoverboards, and voice-controlled tech. The rapid pace of technological evolution means that to thrive in a disruptive environment, we need to be able to assess change and respond appropriately and quickly. Your membership software should be no exception. As you evaluate which software to buy—or even if you should be buying new software at all—you need to look at ALL the costs, and that includes the cost of change.
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If you're in the process of deciding whether to upgrade or change your membership software, you have a lot to consider, from deciding whether it's worth it in terms of budgeting, seeking board approval, or overcoming the fear of change. Perhaps most important, after all, is the product itself.
The American Rental Association is an international trade association for owners of equipment rental operations and manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment. Headquartered in Moline, Illinois, and comprised of an additional 35 active state associations, ARA’s member-base of over 9,400 rental operations and 1,000 manufacturers is dispersed largely throughout the Americas. Because of this widespread client base, ARA often found it difficult to relay a single message and effectively communicate with its staff and members. To streamline this communication, ARA found a way to notify email senders of the status of their emails, ultimately easing the process of email delivery. "One of the reasons ARA decided to go with Aptify as an AMS partner back in 2006 was because of the configurabililty of the system. We liked that virtually everything could be customized to fit our needs and found that staff were very responsive and beyond helpful," recalls ARA's .NET Developer, Adam Stemper.