Unpacking the System Administrator / Systems Engineer’s IT Bag

Delcor

The system administrator (or systems engineer) is the Swiss Army Knife of association IT staff. Here are the people, policies, tools, and talents a systems engineer or sysadmin needs for your association to use technology effectively.

Online Learning Needs a Robust E-Commerce System

Web Courseworks Associations

This is why I consider e-commerce systems to be a significant component of the adult e-learning experience. E-commerce systems can be deceptively simple from a learner perspective. When an e-commerce system works well, the process looks something like this for learners: 1.

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3 signs growth leads you to switch membership management systems.

YourMembership Blog

But, you also deserve a little sympathy if you contend with manual spreadsheets or an entry-level membership management system. As your growth brings size and complexity, it becomes clear a more sophisticated membership management system is needed. The post 3 signs growth leads you to switch membership management systems. Is your organization experiencing growing pains? If so, congratulations are in order.

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6 Key Features of the Best Learning Management Systems

Higher Logic

And with modern technology, including learning management systems (LMS), associations have the power to pick up where colleges leave off. These DOA systems are the ones that haven’t met the demands of technology and learners. By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the U.S.

6 Compelling Reasons to Consolidate Your Association’s Technology Systems

Socious

How many times have you heard someone say that they want to make a difference? Nurses, doctors, teachers, charity workers, and professionals from all generations long to love their work and make a difference in other people’s lives.

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Killing The Silo System

YourMembership Blog

The post Killing The Silo System appeared first on YourMembership.com.Categories: Social Media and Business Trends Tags: innovation , jamie notter , open , transparency Silos (in organizations, not on farms) allow for departmental knowledge and expertise. They create a go-to mentality within organizations; if you need X – you know where to go.

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Blogging and Systems Level Thinking

Eric Lanke

Blogging forces me to think at a systems level. Which puts me immediately into a systems mindset. If I can only write about the systems-level challenges my association faces, then writing about my association forces me to look at things on a systems-level. A systems-level approach to problem solving is a necessary tool for leaders looking to accomplish big things. + + + This post first appeared on Eric Lanke's blog , an association executive and author.

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Justifying your Learning Management System with Outcomes Reporting

Web Courseworks Associations

We also understand that a Learning Management System is not a small purchase. What Distinguishes EvaluPac and CourseStage Learning Management System. We understand the pressure that association executives face when asked to justify their expenditures.

My System for Getting Sh*t Done

KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

I present to you: KiKi''s System for Getting Sh*t Done. As many articles tout the Pomodoro Technique and GTD , my own habits for increasing productivity and breaking through procrastination are downright crude.

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Successful Learning Management System Implementation eBook

WBT Systems

Recently, eLearning Industry invited WBT Systems to contribute to the publication of a free eBook which addresses one of the biggest concerns faced by organizations – the complexity and difficulty of Learning Management System implementation.

Bad Data = Bad System

Effective Database

” The reality is, for many users, bad data = a bad system. In over 17 years of consulting, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a conversation similar to this one: Client: “Our database sucks.” ” Me: “What makes you say that?” ” Client: “The data is bad. I pull a list of board members and I see lots of errors.” ” Me: “Why is the data bad?” ” Client: “Because the database sucks.”

6 Compelling Reasons to Consolidate Your Association’s Technology Systems

Socious

So to be as effective as possible, they buy association-specific software systems. Each association software system you purchase comes with its own price tag and often needs to be hooked to your other systems through integrations, which can cause problems with data and support.

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WBT Systems Sponsors PersoniFest 2017

WBT Systems

WBT Systems is proud to sponsor PersoniFest 2017, hosted by Personify, April 2-5, in San Diego, California. WBT Systems has been has been helping Associations to build and improve their education and certification programs since 1995.

The Intersection of Systems and Network Leadership

Beth Kanter's Blog

Found when researching systems thinking. Rebecca Arno was doing some research on systems thinking, found this excellent, very friendly visual that defines systems thinking as: Looks at the big picture. Find the keys to a system.

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Generations Are Part of a System

Jamie Notter

You need to keep your eye on the whole system and understand how the generations are relating to each other as they move through different life stages. Every 20 years or so, we get all flustered as a new generation enters the workforce.

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“Our old system used to…”

Effective Database

In my experience, when associations make a database system change, staff will sometimes talk about how the old system used to work. They’ll say things like “In the old system, we could add a new individual record in two minutes; now it takes five.” ” Or “In the old system it was really easy to pull a list of committee members, just by selecting a checkbox; now it takes ten steps.”

Chapter Growth Paradox: A Systemic Response

Mariner

There is a paradox of growth which occurs when a chapter reaches the size where incorporation is required to create an entity which can open a bank account

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Belief Systems as Bridge-Builders, Not Barriers

Idea Architects

Our life experiences inform and coalesce into the belief systems that guide our choices. When we come together with others—at home, in neighborhoods, in volunteer groups, or at work—our respective belief systems come into contact with those that others' hold.

The Future of Association Management Systems

SocialFish

This seems to be the question that has haunted association execs for more than 25 years when the initial association management system hit the not-for-profit marketplace. The Future of AMS Systems: A Provocative Discussion from David Gammel. What’s the future of AMS?

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Exhibitor Priority Points System that Rewards Loyalty

Velvet Chainsaw

Your Points System Should Influence Current Spend Decisions. Most trade-show organizers use a priority-points system to help determine the order of booth-space selection for next year’s expo and their system has been in place for quite a while. If your points system is collecting dust and having little influence on exhibitors’ spend decisions, consider a loyalty program that rewards the three R’s: Recency, Reoccurrence, and Revenue, and allows for a wild card, partnership.

Healthy Systems Embrace Tension and Conflict

Jamie Notter

So they sought to reduce backorders in the system, but the ALSO sought to reduce inventory at the same time. And this is how systems work. But setting up your improvement goals in this way reflects a clear understanding of how dynamic systems work.

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Meet WBT Systems in Austin for PersoniFest 2018!

WBT Systems

WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS ensures a secure integration with Personify360 as standard for all Personify users, providing engaging and personalized experiences for learners, while simplifying and automating the administration of learning programs. appeared first on WBT Systems.

Membership Hack: Conference Buddy System

Associations Now

The membership department created a conference buddy system that paired experienced members with new members, mainly student pharmacists and young practitioners. AMCP saw an uptick in meeting attendance after the conference buddy system was established.

Eric Lanke: Leadership is a System Capacity

Eric Lanke

Leadership is a System Capacity. Heres the key passage, pulling directly on the work of Peter Senge, and again, the emphasis is mine: Leadership, paraphrasing Peter Senge, is defined as the systems capacity to shape its future. Leadership is a System Capacity. Eric Lanke.

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Bad Systems Can Make Good People Leave

Effective Database

In the past week I’ve met with two different associations who are struggling with their current AMS systems. That is, since the time the system was first implemented, many (if not all!) Did the staff leaving cause the system to break down (i.e., become less effective) or did the staff leave because the system was not working correctly? Bad systems can make good people leave.

Learning Management Systems for Associations: The Essentials

WBT Systems

What are the essential functions of a Learning Management System for Associations? Various technologies, including learning management systems for associations , can help to bridge the time between events, by enabling members to connect online. Integration with other Software Systems.

UX Design and Your Learning Management System: Five Considerations for Providing an Exceptional User Experience

CommPartners

Blog AMS association community e-learning elearning Learning Management System LMS user exeperience UXWhen an organization begins the process of evaluating LMS options, they typically will start by developing a list of features that should be included. Confirming this list, helps to identify ideal candidates. While the feature set is critical to narrow an organization’s search process, often what is overlooked, at least initially, is the User Experience […].

Buddy System: Get Yourself a Conference Pal

Associations Now

The post Buddy System: Get Yourself a Conference Pal appeared first on Associations Now Going it alone can be hard, especially when you’re one of a few thousand attendees at a large conference. Here’s how some groups are helping their attendees find a buddy.

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5 Fascinating Facts About MPAA’s 50-Year-Old Ratings System

Associations Now

The movie industry’s iconic system for rating mainstream films, used on roughly 30,000 films since its introduction five decades ago this week, is widely seen as a success, even if it does frequently court controversy. MPAA recently opened up about the system with a digital archive.

How Much Does an Association Management System Really Cost?

Aptify

If your organization is in the market for a new Association Management System (AMS), or if you’re comparing different membership software systems, the first question you’re asking is, “ How much does it cost? ”. There’s not a lot of information out there about this; I’m sure you’ve noticed that most vendors will want to set up a call with you before they give you any substantial information. The main reason for this is that the answer isn’t cut and dry. It depends.

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WBT Systems’ TopClass maintains position as #1 LMS for Associations

WBT Systems

For the second consecutive year, WBT Systems’ TopClass LMS has been named the #1 Learning Management System for Associations in the Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards. WBT Systems team recognized for industry-leading skills.

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The Intersection of Online Communities and Learning Management Systems

SocialFish

We’re seeing some interesting things going on in the association industry at the intersection of online communities and learning management systems (LMS). Just over half of respondents (51 percent) report using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver and manage education.

Moving Membership Software Systems? Watch Out for These 4 Hurdles

Aptify

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. AMS Implementation Membership Software Implementation

There’s no need to run parallel systems

Effective Database

Back in the day (I mean WAY back), the standard practice when switching from one database system to another was to run both systems in parallel. That is, you continue to run the legacy system even as the new system is brought online. the same data had to be entered in both systems). There were lots of reasons to run parallel systems back in the day, but most if not all of those reasons have disappeared with new and lower cost technology.

911 Association: System Upgrades Happening Too Slowly

Associations Now

Despite the fact that the digital technology is already out there in the private sector, 911 systems in communities nationwide are still poking along on landlines. The 911 system is an essential way to save lives, one that plays an important role in many communities.

Conference Circuit: Immune System

Associations Now

The post Conference Circuit: Immune System appeared first on Associations Now Rundown Attendees: 3,000. Exhibitors: 150 plus. Distinguished Lectures: 3. The American Association of Immunologists’ Annual Meeting kicks off in Seattle later this week.

Change Management for Association Systems

Elipsis Partners

While a core implementation team will be doing most of the work of a system selection, the more people outside of that team that you can gather input from, the better the final outcome will be. Nobody wants change imposed upon them. Things that we decide to change ourselves are fine.

How Much Does an Association Management System Really Cost?

Aptify

If your organization is in the market for a new Association Management System (AMS), or if you’re comparing different membership software systems, the first question you’re asking is, “ How much does it cost? ”.

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EVERY System has duplicate records. Get used to it!

Effective Database

As a result, they may create new records that your system doesn’t detect as duplicate. At a minimum your system should be checking for duplicate email addresses, but possibly more than that. One of the most common challenges all of my clients face is duplicate records. And the simple fact is, even the very best managed databases have some duplicate records. They are impossible to avoid. There are several reasons: Your members use multiple emails.

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

WBT Systems

Major update to TopClass learning management system offers enhanced social learning capability for association, continuing education, and corporate training programs, with more rewarding and diverse learning experiences that increase engagement.

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Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Belief Systems as Bridge-Builders.

Idea Architects

Belief Systems as Bridge-Builders, Not Barriers. Our life experiences inform and coalesce into the belief systems that guide our choices. Those belief systems can be the catalyst for considerable conflict if they aren’t surfaced in deliberate and thoughtful ways.

Would You ‘Yelpify’ Your Credentialing System?

Associations Now

A yoga industry group recently built a credentialing system for yoga schools that relies on social ratings and reviews. See how it’s worked out so far and how such a system might be beneficial to other associations. The post Would You ‘Yelpify’ Your Credentialing System?

The Undeniable Value of an Integrated Membership Management Software System

YourMembership Blog

The post The Undeniable Value of an Integrated Membership Management Software System appeared first on YourMembership. I have a question for you. What’s your data integration strategy for your association? There’s no need to worry if you’re at a loss for words.