Your association thrives on information, but are you struggling to gain access to the data that you need when you need it? Having the right software in place can mean the difference between growing your association’s membership . . . and floundering, losing members and donors, too. Understanding your ultimate goal can be the guiding light for your AMS integration efforts.
Are there already tools out there built to do what you need or are you building a one-off custom and costly to maintain integration with a level of detail that is not truly necessary – understanding what the end goal is can help you properly plan a good integration that will last over time and be low maintenance and continue to work during cloud software updates.
Our experts have put together the top 4 pointers for associations to ensure you get the most from your AMS integration.
1. Integrating with Third-Party Applications
As your association grows, it’s not unusual to have a variety of different third-party applications that you’ve integrated your business systems with over time. It can even be difficult to create a full list of vendors that your association is working with! Integrating with these third-party applications can be a challenge, particularly if you’re not prepared for the complexities that can be involved.
2. A Clear Vision of Success
Do you know what ‘success’ looks like in terms of your AMS integration? Perhaps you’re looking for ways to keep closer track of members, or communicate more frequently. Maybe your primary need is on the business operations side: accounting, finance or technology. Understanding what you need to be successful is often a valuable first step that some associations skip. Having a partner who keeps the future state in mind allows your team to build structure that works.
3. Defining Your Data Structure
What type of data are you capturing from your members and donors? What needs to be communicated broadly, and what can be stored but not shared? Your data structure is key in successful implementation of your AMS, and one that is too often overlooked. Once you understand what data should be saved and shared, protecting that data from hackers and malware becomes of the utmost importance.
4. Teaching Your AMS New Tricks
Once you have implemented your AMS, how can you evolve it over time? Many AMS platforms have additional functionality that you don’t implement upfront. Defining a future roadmap that takes full advantage of the platform is one of the best ways to gain ongoing value from your AMS investment.
Understanding how to implement an AMS platform takes a great deal of focus, which can be challenging for internal IT teams. When you work with a trusted AMS integration partner like Intuitive Business Concepts, you can be confident that you are taking full advantage of this investment in your association’s future. Fortunately, managing your association’s software doesn’t have to be a massive pain! We have the knowledge and experience needed to create a solution that is tailor-made for your association.
Contact us today at 443-603-0215 or fill out our quick online form to schedule a complimentary initial review of our industry-leading iMIS platform.
About IBC: At IBC, we have a deep understanding of the critical business needs and processes specific to associations, non-profits, and unions. We ‘get’ your culture, your goals, and what drives you, too. Focused exclusively on and dedicated to delivering the most effective AMS, LMS, and Cloud Financial Software for our clients, we’re well-versed in identifying and applying the integration techniques that will save you time and money. Since 2001, our cutting-edge products, unparalleled responsiveness, and award-winning services have helped organizations like yours increase their operational and financial performance by leveraging best practices and proven solutions. For more information about IBC, please visit the website at www.ibconcepts.com or call 443.603.0215.