Association Management Ecosystem
While the rest of world has moved on to greener pastures, the DoesEverythingAsaurus continues to survive by feeding on promises of being all things to all people.
This approach has served its own purposes well as it looks great on paper and practically guarantees the customer won’t leave, or more accurately, can’t leave. After all, when it finally hits you that the DoesEverythingAsaurus in fact doesn’t do much very well, you’re stuck. You can’t spend that kind of money and just walk away – right?
The answer depends largely on your attitude. When a small business owner refuses to make course corrections they get crushed, period. Every single employee is very carefully selected to perform a specific job which is critical to the survival of the business. A results driven focus forces employers to ensure their team is equipped with the best tools possible for optimizing the completion of the task. We are presently in a time filled with outstanding tools. More importantly, it has never been easier to integrate these tools together. API’s allow these tools to be easily integrated. If you are using a tool that does not offer an API, demand it or run as fast as you can.Some examples of real-life integrations include your Communications Team. Let’s face it, they don’t want to learn how to operate a space shuttle. They want a website they are proud of and they want to effectively blast out communications to folks. They come to you and say “we want eblasts to work just like MailChimp”.
Apply this example to your Accounting department. Does your CFO really prefer AMS or CRM software over proper accounting packages? Not likely.
20 years ago integrating disperse line of business (LOB) systems was like traversing a minefield blindfolded. This is no longer the case. LOB integrations have come a long way.
One platform to consider as your authoritative data source is Microsoft SharePoint. SharePoint excels in these areas and many others. Microsoft has many solutions but none even come close to the capabilities of SharePoint. The SharePoint ecosystem is the largest in Microsoft product history and continues to grow at a healthy rate.
This best-of-breed approach positions Microsoft’s most powerful platform to do what it does best. Meanwhile, integrating non-Microsoft LOB’s with SharePoint involves straight forward API calls.
Realizing the DoesEverythingAsaurus is not only alive and well, but actually thriving across the association landscape, more associations are considering a modern approach to association management activities. The resulting Association Management Ecosystem™ is a re-invention of something that simply couldn’t work 5-10 years ago. It works today because we not only have the ability to easily integrate SharePoint with non-Microsoft API’s, but the SharePoint platform itself has its own thriving ecosystem.
Now consider the extensive ecosystem of just SharePoint specific 3rd party apps for iPhones, iPads, Windows, etc. such as “BoardPacks for SharePoint” by eShare which gives Board Members a collaborative iPad solution while also keeping IT folks happy about content living in a secure centralized and controllable location.
Naturally Integrated – Sometimes the best way to harness a platforms speed of innovation is with natural integrations as with this one with iPhones and Android phones.
SharePoint Mobile Sync by Kintivo (formerly SharePoint AMS)
“Yammer” which makes your environment more social for a very important audience, your staff!
There’s even a SharePoint App store, not to mention the thousands of companies selling hundreds of thousands of SharePoint add-on’s.
API administration by your IT Team involves pasting 3rd party API keys into lists.
3rd party Windows Apps already exist allowing your staff to access key membership information stored in SharePoint.
Breathe life into your membership data using any of the several best of breed BI and reporting tools already integrated with SharePoint.
Create, deliver and track learning with SharePoint LMS.
With SharePoint LMS you can offer an online course catalog with access to learning content for your entire organization. A complete overview of learning results is available with single sign in to your portal and makes learning and learning management easy and simple.
(sorry about the surface link, couldn’t resist 😉
There’s an exciting new world out there full of fantastic choices but you can’t get there while riding the DoesEverythingAsaurus.
We believe one tool cannot possibly deliver greatness across all functional landscapes. Our unique Association Management Ecosystem™ approach incorporates the best of all landscapes.
With an API centric architecture, you are assured your solution is usable, sustainable, integratable and highly relevant.
If you are looking for a single tool that claims to do everything, you will find it, but not here. There’s hundreds of DoesEverythingAsaurus systems making that claim and we truly wish you the best – we can still be friends 😉
However, if you are trying to identify a superior approach to your association management activities, we invite you to consider our Association Management Ecosystem™.