SilkStart Selected as Finalist for 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards


April 12th, 2017 (Victoria, BC) – SilkStart, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Membership Management Platform, is excited to announce our selection as a finalist for the 16th Annual VIATEC Technology Awards in the category of Technology Company of the Year (1-10 employees).

WBT Systems Enhances Social Learning for Professionals with New TopClass LMS Release

WBT Systems

TRAININGPRESSRELEASES.COM ) – With the latest release of the TopClass Learning Management System, WBT Systems expands the social learning capabilities of their comprehensive and flexible learning platform for associations, training organizations and extended enterprise.

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Thursday Buzz: Let Technology Bring Ease

Associations Now

Don’t let technology complicate your relationship with members and event attendees. Recent research by the National Restaurant Association indicates that diners want restaurant operators to harness the power of technology to improve the dining-out experience, not complicate it.

A Gridiron Tale About Updating Your Technology

Associations Now

Although … Maybe your old technology still does the job? That’s the situation the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has anticipated ahead of the league’s annual draft later this week, as it worked out a deal to simplify the contract process using mobile technology.

Is New Technology Worth The Investment?

Association Adviser

We asked Marcus Underwood, vice president for online media at Naylor, to weigh in about technology becoming more personal and, at times, more expensive. The reward from using new technology—and the risk of not implementing it—usually outweighs the upfront costs. Associations have to keep up technologically or risk having members go elsewhere for information and question the association value proposition. Once you have that, find the right technology partner and move quickly.

Technology Gap: Are Meeting Planners and Attendees on the Same Page?

Associations Now

A new report reveals the similarities and differences in attendee and planner expectations across three areas of technology: event apps, social media, and virtual meetings. How are you making sure your meeting technology is matching up with your attendees’ expectations?

Higher Logic Acquires Informz and Real Magnet

Higher Logic

These are two successful companies with leading technologies and talented people behind them, all which complement our team, products, and services. Read more about the acquisition in our press release. We can’t believe how eventful 2017 has been for Higher Logic.

Have You Seen the IDC MarketScape Report on Online Communities?

Higher Logic

Companies use IDC services and reports to help them make technology purchasing decisions. Adobe Systems Incorporated, Lithium Technologies Inc., Online communities are all about getting relevant, ongoing conversations to customers quickly and easily.

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Tech Giants Collaborate on New Smart Home Standards

Associations Now

Apple, Google, and Amazon are among the companies joining forces to create a new standard that could allow smart home technologies to work without a hitch on competing devices.

Industry Hiring Managers: Reach & Recruit Only the Best Candidates

YourMembership Blog

It’s now their mission to provide better services and innovative technologies to help match highly-qualified candidates with the best employers. Read the press release to learn more. Lean how associations make it easy for you.

What Video’s Rapid Rise Means for Your Association

Association Adviser

A 3-5 minute video from the executive director explaining an important or controversial topic will have far more engagement with members than an email or press release. Technology has come downstream, allowing anyone with a smartphone the opportunity to produce reasonably good video.

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What’s on the Horizon for Meetings in 2020?

Associations Now

According to the 2020 Global Meetings Forecast Report [PDF] by American Express Meetings & Events, meeting pros think that this will be the year when technology gets fully integrated into the event experience. A new year often brings change.

As Artificial Intelligence Use Increases, Ethics Policies Needed

Associations Now

New research finds that while AI use is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, most employers aren’t concerned about unethical uses of the technology.

With Gender Equality in Mind, CES Makes Changes for 2020

Associations Now

The Consumer Technology Association will enforce a new booth dress code and work with an equality partner as part of its efforts to improve inclusivity at CES, one of the year’s biggest tradeshows.

Mobile World Congress Could Face Cancellation Over Coronavirus Concerns

Associations Now

The widely attended technology industry event, which takes place each year in Barcelona, has faced the departure of nearly two dozen vendors in recent days over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Accounting Association Highlights Certificate Program to Stay Ahead of Automation

Associations Now

Despite some challenges, the technology has also offered management accountants the opportunity to grow and focus on making key strategic business decisions.

Realtors Expand Reach of Accelerator Program

Associations Now

The 48 tech companies that have thus far participated in the accelerator have raised more than $350 million in financing during or after the program, according to an NAR press release.

How an Association Helped Put Craft Beer in the Smithsonian

Associations Now

is a story of immigration, urban change, technological innovation, and evolving consumer tastes,” the museum said in a press release announcing the showcase, which opens October 25 within the permanent “Food: Transforming the American Table” exhibition.

Study: Robotics Presents Opportunity to Security Industry

Associations Now

The research attributes the rise in security automation to the overall evolution of technology, as well as its potential to enhance the skills of security officers.

Three Ways to Boost Conference Security

Associations Now

Conference security remains a priority for planners and attendees, and new technologies are being introduced to meet their needs. With that in mind, here are three recent security-related tools and technologies worth keeping an eye on: Weapons screening technology.

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Clean-Energy Groups Unite on Social Media Campaign

Associations Now

More than 600,000 worked to generate clean power, and about 100,000 worked in advanced grid technologies. Source: Advanced Energy Economy press release. Rallying behind a U.S.

Is 2014 the Year Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream?

Associations Now

The study surveyed more than 2,000 information technology professionals from 11 countries on six continents, though it’s heavily weighted toward the United States, which represents 35 percent of the respondents involved.

Canadian Commercial Drivers Group Opens Safety Training Facility

Associations Now

For the AMTA, road safety is paramount,” said AMTA President Chris Nash in a press release. “We At the facility, drivers will be able to practice and learn about new truck technology.

Tuesday Buzz: Cloudy Days Ahead

Associations Now

While some applications and data will remain locked in older technologies, more new solutions will be cloud-based, thus further increasing demand for integration infrastructure,” explained Yefim V.

Five Strategies to Ensure Your Digital Product Has a Killer Launch

Associations Now

A few ideas from the worlds of marketing and technology: Think big. If you’re releasing a big feature or an impressive tool, you can’t just announce it with a ho-hum approach, says Aileen Horgan of Atlassian.

NABJ, Poynter Create Leadership Program to Diversify Newsrooms

Associations Now

“Our partnership with The Poynter Institute is an exciting opportunity to expand the pool of minority leaders in the digital journalism space,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover in a press release. “It

National Sleep Foundation Defines a Good Night’s Sleep

Associations Now

The National Sleep Foundation released a report that outlines the key indicators of a good night’s sleep. These efforts help to make sleep science and technology more accessible to the general public that is eager to learn more about its health in bold new ways.”

Meet Chuck, the Beef Industry’s New AI-Driven Take on What’s for Dinner

Associations Now

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association released a new virtual assistant to bring some beefy knowledge to your nearest smart speaker or phone. According to a press release, Chuck brings “the knowledge of a rancher, the expertise of a chef, and the humor of a dad into the kitchen.”.

Retail Group Launches Innovation Center to Prepare Members for Industry Changes

Associations Now

In an effort to help its members adapt to the quickly changing technology landscape, the Retail Industry Leaders Association introduced the (R)Tech Center for Innovation. Technology has disrupted the retail industry.

New Hotline Supports Families of Children With Hearing Loss

Associations Now

Having access to another parent who has traveled a similar road can be a lifesaver for new parents of a child with hearing loss,” Guignard said in a press release. Cochlear and GN ReSound, two hearing technology companies, have partnered with AG Bell on the hotline.

Vanguard Client Spotlight: Associations in the News

Vanguard Tech

We love what we do at Vanguard Technology. I thought this would be a good opportunity to show how Vanguard Technology clients are changing the world (and using their websites to do it). To learn more, read this press release on the ESOP Association website.

Daily Buzz: GoFundMe Launches Fundraising Platform for Nonprofits

Associations Now

Regardless of size or budget, we want to empower nonprofits to reach new audiences, raise money more efficiently, and further their missions,” said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon in a press release. GoFundMe Charity is designed to make generating donations easier—and more social.

An Event-Focused Solution to Closing the Skills Gap

Associations Now

The kitchen and bath industry’s growth trajectory, coupled with the labor shortages we’re seeing in the economy, gives us an ideal opportunity to educate the next generation on the many lucrative and creative opportunities we have in this market,” said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy in a press release [PDF].

IT Group Hosts Virtual Reality Events, Encourages Tech Careers

Associations Now

CompTIA’s Creating IT Futures Foundation takes virtual-reality technology on a road trip to encourage students to consider tech careers. While demonstrating the technology, “then we can talk to them about the message of ‘Hey, you know there’s a career in this?’”.

What Women and Men Value as Attendees

Associations Now

While women and men both place a high value on shopping and learning, men place more importance on building relationships with suppliers (70 percent), prospecting for new ones (60 percent), and discovering new technology (87 percent).

Report: Business Travelers Value Tech Integration

Associations Now

A newly released study from Egencia finds that business travelers want and expect to manage their trips across all mobile devices. We are at a turning point in business travel,” said Rob Greyber, president of Egencia, the business travel arm of the Expedia group , in a press release.

DoGooder Video Award Voting is Open!!


Cisco, the global leader in making innovation possible through network technology, will provide $14,000 in cash prizes and a similar amount worth of products to be divided amongst the winning organizations. ” More details in this press release on See3.

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Awesome Association MarComm Jobs – Week of August 30


The individual will be the chief communications strategist developing a wide range of communications materials for both internal and external audiences such as talking points, news releases, advocacy resources, digital content and more.

2015 Association Management Trends and Important News from YM

YourMembership Blog

Learning Management Systems have quickly come to the forefront of technology offerings for associations to consider as they look for new ways to drive greater engagement while enhancing their continuing education offerings to members. Welcome to 2015!

A Look at the Event Industry’s Tech Skills Gap

Associations Now

In addition, the study, “Are Event Planners Struggling with Event Technology?,” According to the study, the biggest issue for 65 percent of respondents is the time it takes to complete the procurement, implementation, and integration process of their event technology systems.