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Strategic Technology Partnership: The National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Strategic Technology Partnership: The National Community Reinvestment Coalition | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Learn how NCRC leverages a strong strategic technology partnership to help implement cost effective, efficient, flexible, and reliable IT solutions.
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With over a decade of nonprofit technology experience across hundreds of associations, we at OSIbeyond often see deep similarities in the challenges and opportunities confronting IT directors working in organizations we serve. With this knowledge, we've compiled a list of 5 common pitfalls, which prevent IT directors from leveraging technology to deliver value to their organization.
 
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5 Common Pitfalls Every Association IT Director Should Avoid

5 Common Pitfalls Every Association IT Director Should Avoid | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Avoiding these common pitfalls will alleviate the burden of tactical support on your association's IT director, ensuring technology delivers value.
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Are you trapped in a tactical role, supporting the day to day needs of the organization at the expense of long-term strategy? Do you struggle to implement new technology initiatives that would allow your association to further its mission?

 

We've complied a list of these common pitfalls every IT director should avoid, along with actionable suggestions for each one.

 

Avoiding these pitfalls will free your time and energy to focus on ensuring your association moves forward with technology as an ally, rather than an afterthought.

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7 Effective Tips for Associations to Secure Data in the Cloud

7 Effective Tips for Associations to Secure Data in the Cloud | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Learn how associations can proactively secure data in the cloud by following these 7 simple, yet highly effective tips.
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Cloud security concerns rank as the greatest obstacle to adopting cloud solutions in the nonprofit and association community. As highlighted in a LinkedIn Cloud Security spotlight report, nearly half of the respondents cited cloud security as a barrier to cloud adoption. Despite these concerns, 45% of nonprofits and associations plan to migrate to the cloud within 1 to 3 years. And as cloud adoption rates continue to rise in the community, so must the measures to secure data. As a result, cloud service providers (CSPs) have realized the need the need to provide secure data storage, with many opting to invest into cloud compliance initiatives. Associations are also able to act proactively to protect their data in the cloud by following these 7 simple, yet effective tips:
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Engaging With Generation Y: A Millennial's Perspective

Engaging With Generation Y: A Millennial's Perspective | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
The great comeback city of Detroit hosted the ASAE Annual Meeting this year, gathering over 5,000 nonprofit and association professionals together for an event unlike any other. The annual meeting ...
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2015 ASAE Technology Conference & Expo

2015 ASAE Technology Conference & Expo | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Going to the 2015 ASAE Technology Conference & Expo? Meet the eXos Cloud team at booth 627 for your technology consulting and cloud hosting needs.
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We know it's 4 months away, but we can't hold in our excitement any longer. We're heading to the 2015 ASAE Technology Conference & Expo! We'll be at booth 627 offering technology consulting, and educational information on cloud hosted solutions. Hope to see you there!

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The Search for the Perfect Cloud Solution: Self Assessment [Checklist]

The Search for the Perfect Cloud Solution: Self Assessment [Checklist] | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it

Selecting the right solution for your organization can be a challenging task. That's why we created this cloud solution self assessment to aid in the selection process.

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A recent article by Techsoup outlined the benefits of cloud computing for nonprofits, charities, and libraries as well as their IT systems citing, "cloud computing continues to play a major role in the community."

 

The article continues by saying how individual organizational characteristics can impact the decision making process of implementing a cloud solution.

"But which elements of your IT infrastructure you should move into the cloud — and when — will vary a lot from organization to organization."

This statement holds true, with the following variables influencing solution decisions:

Staff SizeMailbox Count
Regulatory Compliance RequirementsCustomized Applications (AMS/CRM, finance, etc.)

 

After considering these variables, along with many others, we've created a cloud solution self assessment to aid in the selection process.

 

This self assessment acts like a checklist to determine the most appropriate cloud solution based on an organization's specifications.

 

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What is a Private Cloud?

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A private cloud is one of the two types of cloud computing (the other is public cloud) with a separate and secure cloud-based environment where only one specific user/client can operate. Just like with other cloud models, the ‘private cloud’ models also offer computing power as a service within a

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This article compares the Private Cloud to the normal off the mill Local Area Network and does not deal in comparing it to the Public Cloud. Of course Private Cloud comes up trumps in this scenario.

 

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Four Things MSPs Should Know About HIPAA Compliance and the Cloud

Four Things MSPs Should Know About HIPAA Compliance and the Cloud | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it

While managed service providers (MSPs) are certainly well-versed in the areas of cloud-based file sharing and data storage, it pays to be just as familiar with some of the areas of interest of your clients. As MSPs see more healthcare companies migrating their services to the cloud – whether due to a relaxation of restrictions or a decision to evolve – the need for familiarity in this potentially lucrative market is as important as ever.

 

When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996, data security and privacy on the internet were not exactly the big concerns of the day. Then again, the MSP business model we know and love today didn’t even exist.

 

Fast forward about 20 years – and through a couple of generations of computing platforms – and HIPAA compliance has become a hot topic as health care organizations, at long last, begin to crawl out from under mountains of paper and into the digital world.

 

The 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Rule is the modification to HIPAA that defines the rules governing data security for “covered entities” (healthcare providers, mostly) and their “business associates,” i.e. you, their MSP.

 

As the rule states, “These modifications [to the original HIPAA law] make business associates of covered entities directly liable for compliance with certain of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules’ requirements.” Here are the four most important things you need to know to comply with HIPAA regulations:

 

1. Business Associate Agreements


Law now requires that when you’re doing business with a “covered entity” (CE), you must execute agreements – called Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) – that define the permitted uses and disclosures of “protected health information” (PHI) by the business associate. Don’t start doing business with a healthcare client or other “covered entity” without a Business Associate Agreement in place. The same goes for subcontractors. You’ll want to make sure that anybody touching PHI is covered in the BAA.

 

2. Providing cloud storage makes you liable for HIPAA privacy


According to the HIPAA Omnibus rule, anything you store in the cloud – even on behalf of a client – that contains protected health information must be compliant with HIPAA privacy protections.  This applies whether you ever view that data or not. If you retain, maintain, or transmit protected health information for a client, then you are bound by their business associate agreement.

 

3. Less access = lower liability risk


According to an FAQ published by the Center for Democracy and Technology, if you don’t have the capability to access your client’s data and adhere to HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) standards with respect to encryption, you should have little liability risk as a business associate. The FAQ also states that, “if the covered entity controls the decryption keys and the CSP has no ability to access the plain text of the data, it would not be reasonable to expect the CSP to comply with the provisions... that require a BA to ‘make available’ PHI for certain purposes.”

 

4. Breach thresholds have been lowered


Prior to the enactment of the Omnibus rule, a security breach only had to be reported to the HHS if it posed “significant risk of reputational, financial or other harm” to individuals. Now, all breaches of unsecured PHI – information that is not rendered unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized persons – must be reported. However, if the BAA established between you and your healthcare client includes a multi-factor risk assessment that determines low probability of data compromise, the breach may not need to be reported. It’s probably worthwhile to check out your your legal obligations for notification.


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Hoisting big data to the cloud

Hoisting big data to the cloud | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
The general consensus about big data has been that it's too expensive to move. But what if you could use remote backup copies in the cloud for analytics, app dev, and other applications?

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............ So instead of data just sitting in the cloud waiting for disaster so it can restored on premises, why not use virtual copies of that data for big data analytics or dev and test in the cloud?

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How to make cloud backup a no-brainer

How to make cloud backup a no-brainer | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
It's time to move from a disk-to-tape to a disk-to-cloud backup strategy

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The idea of backing up with a cloud storage repository as one of those three copies is beneficial in theory, providing an offsite copy of your data should you need it.

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Redundancy is the key when backing up , just ensure you have a backup for your backup 

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SaaS, IaaS, Hybrid: Demystifying Cloud Solutions for Associations [Infographic]

SaaS, IaaS, Hybrid: Demystifying Cloud Solutions for Associations [Infographic] | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
SaaS, IaaS, Hybrid - Cloud solutions can be confusing enough without the acronyms. Check out this infographic and see what they're all about.
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Cloud Governance: Regulatory Compliance Requirements

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Cloud governance and regulatory compliance requirements go hand in hand. Learn what to expect when selecting a cloud services provider.
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Disaster Recovery- Still On Your To Do List?

Disaster Recovery- Still On Your To Do List? | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Without a proper disaster recovery and business continuity implementation in place, your association risks significant financial losses.
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Highlights from the 2015 ASAE Technology Conference

Highlights from the 2015 ASAE Technology Conference | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it

Did you miss out on a learning session during the 2015 ASAE Technology Conference? Check out the key highlights we compiled from the most popular sessions.

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Last week, nearly 1,200 association professionals traveled to the 10th annual ASAE Technology Conference and Exposition in the Gaylord National Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland.

One of the highlights of this conference, besides reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, are the learning sessions. This year, ASAE focused education around, “the five pathways,” which included technology disrupters, leadership and strategy, learning and technology, MarComm and technology, and the business of IT.

Whether you are interested in leveraging big data, learning about the internet of things (IOT), or sharpening your digital strategy skills, the tech conference had educational learning sessions to meet everyone's needs.

Our team attending the conference compiled key highlights from some of the sessions. 

Jump to the session summary below:If the AMS is Dead… What’s Next?
Formulating a Web Content Strategy
COO Approaches to Technology StrategyMaking Technology the Driver of Your Business StrategyCEOs and Leading in a Technology Disruptive Environment
How to Survive a Data Breach

If the AMS is Dead… What’s Next?

What systems do associations need to run their organization? Has the traditional AMS become a costly and complicated burden? In this lively session, industry and association professionals discuss the current state of the AMS and where it’s heading in the future. 

While associations do lag behind on using data to drive decisions, they understand the profound impact it has to both their organization and the members they serve. It’s this awareness that has changed the way associations view technology, and in effect altered their purchasing behavior.

For example, associations are taking a member first approach, and this is because most associations are in the business of content, training, and providing network opportunities. Most importantly, this approach is focused on engaging with members the way they want to be engaged with.

As such, associations are seeking solutions that allow them to effectively, and efficiently engage with their members.

There was some thoughtful debate that the traditional AMS model could be overthrown as less expensive and lower impact software, such as HubSpot, become widely available. However, the general consensus was that the AMS is not dead, but has rather evolved to meet the changing needs of associations. 

Formulating a Web Content Strategy

The American Chiropractic Association recently reevaluated over 5,000 pages of their website with the focus of creating fresh and relevant content for their members. In this session, the success of ACA is analyzed to provide associations guidance in creating a successful web content strategy.

An association’s website should be viewed as an educational tool to engage with, and provide vital information to members. In order to prevent website neglect due to under funding, board members should be aware of the impact a website serves for its members.

This ensures websites are not an afterthought, whereby maintaining the functional use of the website becomes the priority, not leveraging its full potential as a powerful engagement tool.

When reevaluating your website, it’s critical to implement a strategy that delivers the best customer service to your members. Most importantly, build your site around the needs of your members. This includes ease of use, intuitive design, and understanding what information your members are seeking to learn. 

COO Approaches to Technology Strategy

In this panel style session, COOs discuss how they balance priorities with operational realities to meet strategic technology initiatives in their organization.

One panelist noted practicing “trend awareness” suggesting COOs should be aware of the solutions and innovations being most commonly adapted in their industry. While it may seem obvious to adopt new solutions, the focus should be on implementing new technologies that make a process easier, or more efficient.

In addition, fostering a successful strategy begins with involving colleagues across all departments in the process, ensuring technology initiatives are aligned with the overall goals and needs of the organization.

In the end, the COOs role is likened to that of a cheerleader, fulfilling a supporting role to inspire those around and under them to get the job done.

Making Technology the Driver of Your Business Strategy

Data and technology continue to be essential in our daily lives, yet it is often an afterthought for many organizations. The focus of this session is to tear down the disconnect between associations and technology, in an effort to integrate it into the overall strategy of an organization.

When thinking about strategy, it’s easy to not conceptualize or visualize the objective trying to be achieved. In order to remain grounded, strategy should be viewed as a collection of decisions by an organization that define the unique value for its members.

Five Basic Principles to Create a Great Strategy:

1. What is the Goal?

Often, the goal is never truly expressed or understood. Before moving forward, fully understand what this goal is attempting to achieve. Next, define any bottlenecks that may prevent achieving this goal by assessing your organization.

2. It’s Not You, It’s Me

Accountability begins, and ends with leaders, but leaders need to get out of their own way. For example, top down leaders tend to push employees who are unable to provide feedback.

As such, there is a need to distribute leadership throughout the organization. Leaders need to be aware of people around them and their strengths, or weaknesses.

3. Small and Scalable

Sometimes our eyes are bigger than stomach when looking at tech solutions. It's important to take a minimalist approach when selecting a viable product. By doing so, organizations won't risk under utilization of the solution itself.

Next, take the goal, or strategy and test it for immediate feedback. While the solution in the eyes of leadership may be a clear winner, staff may not have the same feeling, leading to less effective use of the technology.

4. Disruptive vs. Sustaining

If this goal is something radical in your organization, it's more than likely that the existing technical infrastructure will not be capable of support these activities.

In this event, consider thinking outside the box for a solution that can be supported by existing infrastructure.

5. Most Critical Component

Feedback from initial testers is critical in achieving an organization's goal. There has to be a willingness from leadership to adapt if the feedback is not overwhelmingly positive.

CEOs and Leading in a Technology Disruptive Environment

What does Uber and Airbnb have in common? They both rely on IT as the foundation for doing business. In this session, CEOs discussed their perspectives on technology, disruption, expectations of technology staff, and the challenges of preparing members and staff to meet changing needs.

In a digital economy, where change is being drive by technology, incremental change is no longer an option. In order to keep pace, transformation has to occur in every aspect of business.

This disruption, at times, is unavoidable and if your organization is not quick to adapt to the changing environment, you’ll be left behind.

Take for example Uber’s entrance into New York City. Today, there are more Uber Blacks operating in the city than there are iconic yellow cabs. As a result of this disruption, the medallions used to regulate the industry have seen a steady decline in value since 2013.

Change is also occurring at an exponential rate, further fueled by technology. In a period of 6 years, Airbnb went from managing zero hotel rooms to over 1 million. In contrast, it took both Marriot and Hilton 100 years to reach this milestone.

The question posed in both these scenarios is:

“How would you think differently about your strategy if you knew your advantage might not last?”

In the case of technology, it should be viewed as a strategy accelerator. This allows organizations to innovate often, decide quickly, succeed or fail, and repeat, all while not being left behind.

How to Survive a Data Breach

What would happen if your association experienced a data breach? Would you be prepared if  your data was compromised? In this session,  experts lay out a a plan of action for how organization's can proactively protect themselves in the event of a security breach.

Identify insecurities by testing your system, and updating retention policies.Test and train employees to understand what actions create these insecurities. Understand all relevant legal and regulatory requirements for notifying security breaches.Draft a, "dream team" comprised of insurance, forensic, legal, communications, and HR professionals to respond to a breach.
Plan, build, test, refine, repeat.

This method proved invaluable to Home Depot, as there was limited damage to their reputation and bottom line from a breach of over 56 million credit cards. In comparison, the security breach of Target caused significant damage to their reputation and a loss of 46% in profit due to a lack of planning.


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Is Your Managed Services Provider Stuck in the 90s?

Is Your Managed Services Provider Stuck in the 90s? | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Does your managed services provider offer online pricing, rollover service hours, and no long-term commitments? If not, then it's time to move on.
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Step out of the 90s, and select a managed services provider your organizations deserves.

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How Cloud Solutions Help Drive Big Results for Membership

How Cloud Solutions Help Drive Big Results for Membership | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Cloud solutions provide the tools for nonprofits and associations to maximize membership engagement and drive results.
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50 years ago the typewriter was king. No professional letter left an office without the crisp inked imprint of the type hammer swung down on a piece of paper. 


The freshly minted letter was then placed in an envelope, sealed, and sent through the mailing system to arrive at its destination 7-10 days later.


Fast forward to 2015, and this once time consuming process has been streamlined to a 90 second task. Just as technology has evolved to simplify daily tasks, membership departments must also seek to incorporate new technologies to drive their decisions.

Technology Driving Membership Decisions

Think about your database and how data is being used in membership initiatives. This database may contain tens of thousands of records on membership information, all of which is critical towards furthering your organization's mission.


However, has your organization given thought to the technology driving this important function?

Are you able to answer the following questions?

Will current systems be able to support membership growth?Can data be securely shared with others' within the organization?Is data being managed to proactively engage with member needs?Is your membership team able to access information anytime, anywhere?What would be the impact to members if your AMS / platform went down?


Often times the department which oversees and supports these mission critical systems are overlooked - until now.

Transforming the Role of Technology

In a recent article, we wrote on how nonprofits and associations have incorporated the IT department with membership initiatives.

This foresight is what contributes to:

Tearing down siloed departmentsEvolving the role of internal ITUnifying department objectivesStreamlining operational effectiveness 

However, there is a disconnect when technology is seen as an overhead expense, and not a value adding function of the organization.


Ultimately, the goal is to align technology strategically, thereby answering the questions posed above while proactively preparing organizations to meet future needs.

How Cloud Solutions Empower Membership Initiatives

Many nonprofits and associations are required to do more with less, including minimal IT, financial and human resources. Cloud solutions provide an adaptable, flexible, and scalable way to meet the organizational needs of today and into the future.


A More Connected Organization


Perhaps your department is working on a whitepaper discussing important industry research and trends for your members. This project can be accomplished by sending files and documentation through email, however, this method is cumbersome, time consuming, and poses potential security risks.


Turning to a cloud solution enables organizations to share, collaborate, and securely access files in an efficient and effective way. For example, an application like SharePoint streamlines file sharing by providing a convenient way to organize, save, and download documents. 


This efficient collaboration system enables staff to access files from one central location, thereby improving their communication and productivity. In addition, since data is stored in a cloud environment, staff are able to collaborate on projects at remote offices, or from the comfort of their home, provided there is internet access.


Big Data is Easily Managed


Traditional storage methods struggle to provide a simple way to carry out advanced analysis of membership's database. In the case of organizations with an immense database, it may require highly knowledgeable specialists days to process information before membership initiatives can take place.


Instead of waiting days, real-time analytics and reporting tools can be realized through use of cloud technologies.

 

This real-time data can be used to track and assess behavior, allowing your organization to proactively engage with members though online campaigns. In addition, executive reports using current member data can be created to justify changes to leadership.


A Strategic Advantage


According to the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 74% of organizations feel like cloud computing has given them a strategic advantage, citing "capitalizing on opportunities more quickly," as the main reason.


In the nonprofit and association community, cloud is a catalyst enabling changes to the strategy critical to the mission. In the case of membership, it may be proactively adapting to member needs, or implementing growth initiatives to drive increased revenue.

Investing in the Future

Continuous investments into technology is often an afterthought in many organizations. It's this oversight that leads to systems and devices degrading to a point where security vulnerabilities, and loss of information can occur.


Security Concerns


Consider how a security breach would affect you, your organization, your bottom line, and most importantly your members.


This year alone has seen numerous security breaches in the commercial sector, including Apple's iCloud, Sony, and most recently Blue Cross. These breaches have had a significant impact, resulting in a weakened public perception, and a rattled consumer confidence.


According to Jennifer Lonoff Schiff, a technology writer for CIO.com, one of the top security risks faced by many organizations are careless or uninformed employees.


"Employees who are not trained in security best practices and have weak passwords, visit unauthorized websites and/or click on links in suspicious emails pose an enormous security threat to an organizations' systems and data."

~Jennifer Lonoff Schiff, CIO.com


For this reason, it's important that membership and IT work together to establish policies, procedures, and training programs designed to deter potential attacks. If your organization partners with an IT provider, consider leveraging their services to develop these protocols.


Loss of Information


Would your organization be able to recover from the loss of your membership information? Not only would contact information be lost, but so would the intellectual knowledge of membership behavior.


This impact would extend to online campaigns, hindering your marketing department's ability to create custom tailored messages to your members.


By storing data in a cloud environment, instant disaster recovery and business continuity solutions are provided in the event of a natural or human induced disaster.


This ensures data is protected and can easily be recovered, allowing your organization to continue operations as if nothing had happened.

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How Associations Can Increase Membership and Generate More Revenue

How Associations Can Increase Membership and Generate More Revenue | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Learn how your association can generate revenue and increase membership by incorporating the technology department in membership initiatives.
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One of our key takeaways at the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting was that more associations are starting to consider merging membership and technology departments under one business function.

 

However, association's are not readily embracing the benefits the synergy of these departments provide to an organization.

As one association professional mentioned, her organization had merged the membership and technology departments to promote interdepartmental efficiency.

 

The goal was to unify each department, streamline operational effectiveness, promote change management in the role of technology, and ultimately generate revenue through increased membership.

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The #1 Reason Nonprofit and Association Professionals Attend ASAE Annual

The #1 Reason Nonprofit and Association Professionals Attend ASAE Annual | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
What's the #1 reason nonprofit and association professionals attend ASAE?
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In the weeks leading up to the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting, numerous articles have been written on how to make the most out of a conference experience.

MemberSuite wrote, 5 Tricks to Make the Best Use of Your Time During ASAE's Expo Hall Hours. 

"Try to have meaningful conversations and build relationships."

MemberClicks offered two approaches to tackling a conference: 10 Ways to Maximize Your Conference Experience, and A Rookie's Guide to ASAE Annual.

"Don’t just 'attend' conferences. Introduce yourself. Ask questions. Engage in round tables." 

Associations Now offered the perspective of meeting experts in their article, Prep Work: Getting Ready for a Conference.

"There are often dozens, if not hundreds, of sessions to choose from... and people you’d like to meet and catch up with."

What do all of these articles have in common? Connecting with others.

 

Scroll through the tweets on #ASAE15. You'll be hard pressed to find any attendee not excited about making new connections, or reconnecting with old friends.


The Value of Connection

In an impactful speech by author and entrepreneur Seth Godin, the value of attending a conference is reveled in combining these 4 factors:

1. Coordination

ASAE gathers thousands of nonprofit and association professionals together for a multiday event. There are few opportunities of this scale for professionals to create meaningful connections, while learning from the community.

2. Trust

The community wants to see others succeed. Rooms will be filled with like minded individuals who you can talk to about what you do, without wondering who they are or what their intent is.

3. Permission

Attendees are anticipating personalized and relevant educational messages. Ultimately, attendees have the expectation of implementing new ideas to their organization from what they learn during the conference.

4. Exchange of Ideas

You will learn more during the annual meeting from each other, then any person on stage.


As Seth Godin eloquently puts it:

"By creating an environment of connection, we create enormous value by combining all four of these factors into a network of people who want to pay attention to one another." 

Education, Education, Education!

With the community and education in mind, we've created a list of useful content to get the discussion going:

[Template] Cloud Vendor Selection Matrix[Checklist] Cloud Solution Assessment[Infographic] 15 Top Nonprofit and Association Technology Trends[Ebook] Cloud Considerations for Nonprofits & AssociationsTechnology Challenges Facing Small Staff Associations

We're looking forward to seeing new and old faces alike as we travel this weekend to Detroit.


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The future of security is in the cloud

The future of security is in the cloud | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
Paul Lipman explains why he thinks that the cloud offers a way forward for securing the complex interconnected world.

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Fascinating insights into the security benefits of the cloud

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A COO's perspective on cloud security

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It's time to look past the headline paranoia and seriously examine the risk factors surrounding cloud security, writes Infor COO Pam Murphy. Even the CIA is  using Amazon Web Services private cloud. 


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Decoding cloud based authoring tools for e-learning

Decoding cloud based authoring tools for e-learning | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it

"Here's a simple infographic explaining cloud based authoring tools and its benefits. I haven't mentioned all the tools out there. So, in case you know a particularly useful one, do mention in the ...:


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Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation

Analysing the differences between cloud orchestration and cloud automation | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes.

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Cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination of automated tasks, ultimately resulting in a consolidated process or workflow.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Esther Levine for the article

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How to Create a Winning Cloud Strategy for Your Association

How to Create a Winning Cloud Strategy for Your Association | Nonprofit & Association Technology | Scoop.it
A successful cloud implementation begins with establishing a cohesive cloud strategy to overcome resistance to change.
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Selecting The Right Cloud Solution to Host Business Applications

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Follow these 4 steps to give your business applications the cloud solution they deserve.
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What could your association do with an extra $55,000 every year? By implementing a cloud solution, and removing on premise systems, this could be a reality.

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